The master's concentration in adult, continuing, and higher education administration prepares the student for positions of administration and leadership in business, community, and higher education environments. These environments can allow the student obtain careers as adult educators, trainers, human resource directors and administrators in vocational and technical education, university extension, continuing professional education; student advisors, managers of support programs for traditionally underrepresented students, student housing specialists, student programming specialists, business managers, and administrative positions at all levels of postsecondary education.
Students in the master’s degree with the concentration in adult, continuing, and higher education administration can jointly earn a certification in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education or a certificate in Support Services for Online Students in Higher Education. In this case, the student must complete an application (including the application fee) for both programs (master’s program and certificate program).
The master’s degree programs are offered online and hybrid.
An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements to be considered for admission to the program.
Credits and Courses
Minimum degree requirement is 33 graduate credits, 24 of which must be in education and up to 9 of which may be in related fields. Credit distribution must be:
|Related Electives 1||9|
6 credits of electives may be earned through a thesis or master’s paper.
The student plans an individual program of studies in consultation with the major professor. If a student intends to apply for a Specialist Certificate upon completion of the master’s degree, a program of studies can be arranged so that a portion of the credits earned toward the degree will also partially or completely satisfy admission requirements for a course of study leading to the Specialist Certificate, as detailed below.
Required Core Courses
|Specialty Area: Adult and Continuing Education|
|AD LDSP 667||Program Planning in Adult Education||3|
|AD LDSP 707||Using Technology With Adult Learners||3|
|AD LDSP 757||Principles and Foundations of Adult Education||3|
|AD LDSP 777||Leadership in Multicultural Organizations||3|
|AD LDSP 787||Administration of Adult Education Programs||3|
|Specialty Area: Higher Education Administration|
|AD LDSP 709||Introduction to Higher Education Administration||3|
|AD LDSP 711||Organization and Governance in Higher Education Administration||3|
|AD LDSP 747||Strategic Planning and Budgeting in Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education||3|
|AD LDSP 778||Introduction to College Student Personnel Administration||3|
|AD LDSP 797||The Student in the Collegiate Context||3|
|AD LDSP 507||Introduction to Group Leadership||3|
|AD LDSP 605||Survey of Human Resource Development||3|
|AD LDSP 607||Coordination of Staff Development and Training Program||3|
|AD LDSP 617||Leadership in Youth-Serving Organizations||3|
|AD LDSP 630||Field Work in Schools, Agencies and Institutions||2-6|
|AD LDSP 647||Evaluation of Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Programs||3|
|AD LDSP 687||Instructional Design and Teaching Strategies||3|
|AD LDSP 702||Leadership in Educational Organizations||3|
|AD LDSP 703||Resources for Self-directed Learning||1|
|AD LDSP 704||Technologies for Online Student Support||1|
|AD LDSP 706||Professional Development for Online Instruction||1|
|AD LDSP 708||Online Support Services in Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education||3|
|AD LDSP 710||Organizational Change and Team Leadership||3|
|AD LDSP 737||Distance Education for Adults||3|
|AD LDSP 740||Seminar in Innovative Technologies for Learning in Education||3|
|AD LDSP 750||Internship in Administrative Leadership||1-6|
|AD LDSP 795||Women and Leadership in Education||3|
|AD LDSP 827||Seminar in Adult and Organizational Learning||3|
|AD LDSP 897||Seminar in the Philosophy and History of Adult, Continuing & Higher Education||3|
|AD LDSP 967||Seminar in Urban Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education||3|
Major Professor as Advisor
The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the program of studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. A student who is not assigned to an advisor at time of admission should immediately contact the Department Chair.
Thesis or Master’s Paper
Optional. See Credits and Courses above.
As a capstone requirement, students who begin the program fall 2011 and thereafter must develop and submit a comprehensive portfolio for review by faculty. The student must pass both the written part of the portfolio and the oral portfolio defense.
Students who began the program before Fall 2011 have the option of passing a written and/or oral final comprehensive examination as the capstone requirement.
The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment.