This program is designed for instructors, trainers, administrators, and others who teach adults or plan educational programs for adults in a variety of settings. Emphasis is on developing the theoretical and practical foundation for critical thinking and effective practice that are needed by professional adult educators.
The mission of the adult education program is to develop professional adult educators who are reflective practitioners. The program provides students with the theoretical, philosophical, historical, and research foundations of best practice in the education of adults. Core courses address program development, instructional processes or strategies, the nature of adult learning and development, the organization and administration of adult education programs, and an introduction to the field of adult education. The Research Problems in Education course provides students with foundational knowledge of how to use, plan, and conduct research. Elective courses in adult education address the diverse areas of practice as well as the diversity of adult learners.
Course work assists adult educators in becoming reflective practitioners and in developing the skills and abilities necessary to initiate, design and develop, organize, implement, and evaluate effective educational programs for adults.
Students come from a variety of work areas, such as community colleges and higher education, adult literacy, health care, law enforcement, business and industry, government and military, and community-based organizations.
The majority of students are part-time and classes are offered entirely online.
Application for admission to the Graduate School is made either online or on forms furnished by the Graduate School. All applicants for admissions pay a nondeductible, nonrefundable fee of $70. The application form and all supporting documents should be received by the Graduate School, Ragsdale Building, (252) 328-6012 at least thirty days prior to the beginning of any semester or summer term.
Applicants are asked to furnish two official transcripts from each institution attended since high school, test scores from the MAT or GRE, and at least three letters of recommendation. Once the application is complete and has been forwarded to the Coordinator of the Adult Education program, the applicant will be contacted about completing the writing sample and interview.
*Prior approval by instructor must be obtained and approved by the department chair before registering for Special Topics, Directed Readings, or Internship hours.
Up to 20% of a program of study may be accepted by transfer or extension on approval of the Coordinator of the adult education program, the Department Chair and the Graduate School. All credits including transfer and extension, are covered by a six year limitation. No transfer courses will be accepted without approval of an advisor prior to registration.