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Adult education usually refers to the adult status of students and the concept of a facilitator working with that adult to help them learn material they feel is necessary to improve some part of their lives.
Western Kentucky University offers an Online Master of Arts in Education in Adult Education.
This program serves individuals seeking to learn more about working with and helping adults learn, whether in corporate training, patient education, community education, continuing education, adult basic education, or adult literacy/ESL. Completing the courses enables graduate students to gain hands-on experience and skills to turn theory into practice.
Adult Education – General Concentration
The 30–hour General Concentration in Adult Education consists of a required core of 9 semester hours in Adult Education, 6 hours of additional Adult Education coursess, a research foundations course, and two 3–hour electives. The student and his or her advisor choose electives relevant to the student’s area of interest. Students complete a six hours with either a thesis option or non–thesis option.
Adult Education – Community and Technical College Concentration
The 39-hour Community and Technical College concentration is designed for individuals who work in Community and Technical settings. The program consists of a required core of 9 hours in Adult Education, 3 additional hours in Adult Education, 18 hours of content-specific graduate courses approved in conjunction with the corresponding discipline, a research foundations course, and two capstone experience courses.
Community College Faculty Preparation Program Certificate
The Community College Faculty Preparation Program will help prepare individuals who want to work/teach within a community or technical college.
Adult Education – Higher Education Concentration
The 30-hour Higher Education concentration is designed for individuals who work in higher education settings, providing training or instructional development to faculty and staff. The program consists of a required core of 9 hours in Adult Education, 12 hours of specified electives, a research foundations course, and two capstone experience courses.
Adult Education - Training and Development Concentration
The 30-hour Training and Development concentration is designed for individuals who either work or would like to work as a trainer in the workplace. This would include business, military, and community education settings among others. The program consists of a required core of 9 hours in Adult Education, 6 hours in program planning and training methods for adults, 3 hours of EDFN 500 – Research Methods, six hours of capstone experience, and six hours of electives. All students are required to take a comprehensive exam. All students are required to take EDFN 500 – Research Methods within the first 12 hours of their program.