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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Adult Education (AAE)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 13.1201
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

Contact Information:
College of Education
Adult, Career and Higher Education Department (LEA)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
William Young
Phone: 813-974-1861
Email: williamyoung@usf.edu

Website: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/ache/ade/adema.html


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List


Major Information

The Adult Education major provides professional development opportunities to individuals concerned with the learning of adults. It includes courses and experiences for persons employed in or intending to enter adult education as a field of study. This degree is intended to help individuals work with adult learners in a wide variety of school and non-school settings. It is intended for holders of a non-education baccalaureate degree who do not wish to meet teacher certification requirements in the State of Florida. This Adult Education major is a Plan III, non-certification option. A concentration in Human Resource Development (HRD) is available to currently enrolled students in the Master of Arts Adult Education degree. The HRD concentration specializes in Business and Industry learning and organizational development.

Accreditation Information:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

Admission to the M.A. in Adult Education is based on a holistic evaluation of the applicants' demonstrated potential to complete successfully all of the course and research requirements specific to the major. Applications are considered on a continuous basis throughout the year. Success in the major requires excellent presentation and high quality writing skills, scholarship, and a commitment to systematic inquiry. The admissions committee will consider each applicant in light of his or her qualifications and likelihood of success. The faculty takes into account all of the information, and balances previous grade point averages, test scores, previous success in graduate course work, recommendations, and professional goals.

Admission Process
For consideration for admission, students must submit:

  • A clear and detailed statement of professional and personal goals describing the reasons that earning the degree is important to those goals
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from a current or former professor who will attest to the applicant's likelihood of success in a graduate program
  • A grade point average while classified as an upper division student in a baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited university of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; or a Master's degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; or if the upper division undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0, the applicant must also have GRE Scores;
  • have proof of educational or professional experience
  • obtain favorable recommendations for admission at the department and college levels
  • satisfy any additional academic requirements or prerequisites identified by the program

In exceptional cases, students not meeting the above criteria may be considered for admission by successfully completing at least 6 graduate semester hours of coursework taught by an adult education program faculty member. Students may additionally submit documentation of their potential for success with inclusion of the following:

  • Successful professional experiences related to the academic program and professional goals of the applicant
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal and professorial growth and development and to the completion of the coursework and project demands of the program
  • Excellent communication skills

International Students:
All applicants whose native language is other than English or who have earned a degree from an institution outside the United States must meet the University requirements relative to international graduate admission, (e.g. TOEFL scores, etc.). In addition to these university requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:

  • The equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution
  • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships
  • Other information as required by the major of interest, (e.g., GRE scores, etc.)

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS
A minimum of 36 graduate semester hours is required for the master's degree, at least 16 hours of which must be at the 6000 level. Courses at the 7000 level are advanced graduate level courses and thus are inappropriate for the master's degree program. This major is available as a Plan III non-certification option.

Total Minimum Hours (non-thesis option): 36 hours

Core Requirements: 6 hours
EDF6481 Foundations of Educational Research (3)
or EDF6432 Foundations of Measurement (3)
and one approved Psychological or Social Foundations course (3)

General Adult Education Requirements: 11 hours
ADE 6080: Foundations of Adult Education(4)
ADE 6385: The Adult Learner(3)
ADE 6966: Final Masters Seminar (prior approval needed)(4)

Concentration Requirements: 18 hours

HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (HRD)
Offered from the Department of Educational Measurement and Research.

Description
The Adult Education major provides professional development opportunities to individuals concerned with the learning of adults. It includes courses and experiences for persons employed in or intending to enter adult education as a field of study. This degree is intended to help individuals work with adult learners in a wide variety of school and non-school settings. It is intended for holders of a non-education baccalaureate degree who do not wish to meet teacher certification requirements in the State of Florida. This Adult Education degree is a Plan III, non-certification option. A concentration in Human Resource Development (HRD) is available to currently enrolled students in the Master of Arts Adult Education degree. The HRD concentration specializes in Business and Industry learning and organizational development.

Accreditation: Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

Concentration Requirements 13 hours minimum
In addition to the Major requirements, students must complete the following concentration requirements:
Remaining hours to be selected from among:
ADE6160 Program Management in Adult Education (3)
ADE6197 Adult Basic Education (4)
ADE6280 Administration in Local Adult Education Programs (4)
ADE6287 Supervision of Local Adult Education Programs (4)
ADE6370 Human Resource Development (3)
ADE6946 Practicum in Adult Education (2-6)
ADE6161 Curriculum Construction in Adult Education (4)
ADE6360 Methods of Teaching Adult Education (3)
ADE6906 Independent Study (2-19)
ADE6198 Effective Continuing Education for Professional Groups (3)

Requirements Outside the Concentration (12 hours)
At least one graduate level course (3 credits minimum) must be taken outside the Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education (L-CACHE) department. Other courses may be selected as part of the remaining hours needed for degree completion based upon the student's selection and major advisor's approval, and may be selected from coursework throughout the university.

Comprehensive Examination
Written Exam Required

Please be advised that major and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards and accreditation criteria.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDF6481, EDF6432, ADE6385, ADE6966, ADE6080, ADE6160, ADE6197, ADE6280, ADE6287, ADE6370, ADE6946, ADE6161, ADE6360, ADE6906, ADE6198,