Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
Minimum Total Hours: 36
CIP Code: 13.1201
Dept. Code: LEA
Major/College Codes: AAE ED
Human Resource Development (HRD)
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.
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.
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.
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.)