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    Sep 25, 2021  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adult Education, M.A.


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Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Minimum Total Hours: 36
Level: Masters
CIP Code: 13.1201
Dept. Code: LEA
Major/College Codes: AAE ED
Approved 1962

Concentrations:

Human Resource Development (HRD)

Contact Information

College: Education
Department: Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education (L-CACHE)

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors


The Adult Education major provides professional development opportunities to individuals concerned with the learning of adults. It includes courses and experiences for persons employed in or intending to enter the field of adult education. This degree is intended to help individuals work with adult learners in a wide variety of school and non-school settings. It is intended for holders of a non-education baccalaureate degree who do not wish to meet teacher certification requirements in the State of Florida. This Adult Education major is a Plan III, non-certification option.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

Admission to the M.A. in Adult Education is based on a holistic evaluation of the applicants’ demonstrated potential to complete successfully all of the course and research requirements specific to the major. Applications are considered on a continuous basis throughout the year. Success in the major requires excellent presentation and high quality writing skills, scholarship, and a commitment to systematic inquiry. The admissions committee will consider each applicant in light of his or her qualifications and likelihood of success. The faculty takes into account all of the information, and balances previous grade point averages, test scores, previous success in graduate course work, recommendations, and professional goals.

Admission Process
For consideration for admission, students must submit the following:

  • A clear and detailed statement of professional and personal goals describing the reasons that earning the degree is important to those goals;
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from a current or former professor who will attest to the applicant’s likelihood of success in a graduate major;
  • A grade point average while classified as an upper division student in a baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited university of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; or a Master’s degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale; or if the upper division undergraduate GPA is less than 3.00, the applicant must also have GRE Scores;
  • have proof of educational or professional experience;
  • obtain favorable recommendations for admission at the department and college levels; and
  • satisfy any additional academic requirements or prerequisites identified by the major.

In exceptional cases, students not meeting the above criteria may be considered for admisson by successfully completing at least 6 graduate semester hours of coursework taught by an adult education major faculty member. Students may additionally submit documentation of their potential for success with inclusion of the following:

  • Successful professional experiences related to the academic major and professional goals of the applicant;
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal and professional growth and development and to the completion of the coursework and project demands of the major; and
  • Excellent communication skills.

International Students:
In addition to the university requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:

  • the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution
  • A social security number in majors requiring practica or internships; and
  • Other information as required by the major of interest, (e.g. GRE scores, etc.)

Curriculum Requirements


A minimum of 36 graduate semester hours is required for the master’s degree, at least 16 hours of which must be at the 6000 level. Courses at the 7000 level are advanced graduate level courses and thus are inappropriate for the master’s degree program. This major is available as a Plan III non-certification option.

Total Minimum Hours (non-thesis option) 36 hours

Please be advised that major and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards and accreditation criteria.

Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)


General Adult Education Requirements (11 Credit Hours)


Concentration Requirements (18 Credit Hours)


Human Resource Development (HRD)


Offered from the Department of Educational Measurement and Research.

Description
The Adult Education major provides professional development opportunities to individuals concerned with the learning of adults. It includes courses and experiences for persons employed in or intending to enter adult education as a field of study. This degree is intended to help individuals work with adult learners in a wide variety of school and non-school settings. It is intended for holders of a non-education baccalaureate degree who do not wish to meet teacher certification requirements in the State of Florida. This Adult Education degree is a Plan III, non-certification option. A concentration in Human Resource Development (HRD) is available to currently enrolled students in the Master of Arts Adult Education degree. The HRD concentration specializes in Business and Industry learning and organizational development.

Concentration Requirements (13 Credit Hours Minimum)

In addition to the Major requirements, students must complete the following concentration requirements:

Remaining hours to be selected from among:

Requirements Outside the Concentration (12 Credit Hours)


At least one graduate level course (3 credits minimum) must be taken outside the Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education (L-CACHE) department. Other courses may be selected as part of the remaining hours needed for degree completion based upon the student’s selection and major advisor’s approval, and may be selected from coursework throughout the university.

Comprehensive Examination


Written Exam Required

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