Adult & Higher Education
This program offers the Master of Education and Doctor of Education in Adult & Higher Education to admitted students who have varied academic field/discipline and professional backgrounds. Students focus on the theory, research, and informed professional practice in either higher education (academics or administration) or student affairs.
Program faculty research foci include student development and student affairs, institutional research and assessment, scholarship of teaching and learning, faculty roles and responsibilities, K-20 student educational trajectory and higher education outcomes, particularly for students placed at risk, comparative and international higher education, and administration and leadership in higher education. In most cases the diversity of learners and institutions represented in adult and higher education is addressed, and students are encouraged to develop specialization via course assignments. Required courses vary by degree and background of the student. Refer to the Adult & Higher Education handbook for additional and current information regarding courses offered and schedules.
Coursework is divided into two categories: required and electives, and research and statistics. Doctoral students must conduct research and write an original theory-based dissertation. Courses are offered with working students as a target group and are generally offered evenings and weekends. Many courses are offered as hybrid courses with a combination of face-to-face and distance delivery. Some courses are offered 100% online.
The Adult & Higher Education Program also offers a Certificate in College Teaching to develop and promote exemplary teaching among graduate students, aspiring faculty, and current faculty wanting to enhance their teaching skills. The goal of the certificate is to make individuals more competitive in the job market as instructors and faculty members at colleges and universities. A total of 12 credits of course work are required to earn the College Teaching Certificate. Participants may enroll in the program either Fall or Spring.