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College of Education


Department of Higher, Adult and Counselor Education


Vivian W. Mott, Chair, 213 Ragsdale Hall

MAEd in Adult Education

The College of Education offers a master’s degree program in adult education, which is designed to assist teachers, instructional designers, administrators, trainers, and other persons working with adult learners to develop those skills necessary to initiate, design, administer, and implement effective educational programs. The mission of the degree program is to prepare adult educators who are knowledgeable and reflective in their practice and critical in their thinking. Admission to this program does not require an initial teaching license. The program requires a minimum of 36 s.h. with 24 s.h. in adult education and 3 s.h. in educational research and a culminating reflective portfolio. A maximum of 9 s.h. may be taken as electives in related areas. An interview and writing sample may be required for admission.

Required courses: ADED 6445, 6453, 6481, 6484, 6487; educational research course approved by dept.

MS in Counselor Education

Students majoring in counselor education must complete a minimum of 48 s.h., including 30 s.h. of core courses, 3 s.h. in the research area, and 15 s.h. of education, psychology, sociology, human environmental sciences, or health according to the student’s needs as approved by the advisor. Individualized programs of course work will be designed to promote the competencies required of counselors. Students seeking licensure as school counselors must be eligible for Class A license or must complete an extended school internship. A departmental interview will be required for admission.

Required courses: COAD 5370, 6401, 6402, 6404, 6405, 6407, 6409, 6482, 6991; choose one from: COAD 6406, 6411, 6415; educational research course approved by department.

EdD Concentration in Higher Education Leadership

The doctor of education in educational leadership (EdD) degree with an emphasis in higher education leadership is designed to develop skills and abilities for individuals to resolve educational issues and problems in institutions of higher education. Coursework includes leadership theory, human resource development, organizational theory, policy analysis, planning studies, curriculum and instructional leadership, political systems analysis, and research. This concentration prepares senior level administrators for leadership positions in higher education. A minimum of 60 semester hours beyond a master’s degree is required. Requirements also include a research-based dissertation completed under the direction of an appropriate faculty member.

Candidates seeking the EdD with a concentration in higher education administration are not required to hold a previous license and are not eligible for North Carolina license in administration or supervision upon completion of the program.

Certificate in Community College Instruction

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The certificate in community college instruction requires 15 s. h. of graduate level course work (including core courses ADED 6240, 6450, and 6453, and electives chosen to meet the career goals and instructional focus of students in the certificate program) and a culminating professional instructional portfolio. See the Adult Education Web site at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/coad/Index.cfm for more information and course schedules.