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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Adult Education (AAE)
with a Concentration in Human Resource Development (HRD)

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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
Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education (L-CACHE) Department (LEA)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
William Young
Phone: 813-974-1861


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List

Program Information

The Adult Education program 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 Information:

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


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

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

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 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 listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.A. program 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 degree. Applications are considered on a continuous basis throughout the year. Success in the program 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:

  • An external, course by course evaluation of the foreign degree by an approved external agency, and based on official transcripts
  • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships
  • Other information as required by the program of interest, (e.g., GRE scores, etc.)

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

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

A minimum of 36 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 program is available as a Plan III non-certification option.






EDF6481 OR

Foundations of Educational Research

Foundations of Measurement
One approved Psychological or Social Foundations course






Concentration available:

Human Resource Development (HRD)

Human Resource Development (HRD)


The Adult Learner
Final Master's Seminar (prior approval needed)
Foundations of Adult Education


Remaining hours to be selected from among:


Program Management in Adult Education
Adult Basic Education
Administration in Local Adult Education Programs
Supervision of Local Adult Education Programs
Human Resource Development
Practicum in Adult Education
Curriculum Construction in Adult Education
Methods of Teaching Adult Education
Independent Study
Effective Continuing Education for Professional Groups


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




Written exam required.






College Degree Requirements

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


USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —


Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to 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: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: 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.


Graduate Course Information

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

EDF6481, EDF6432, ADE6080, ADE6385, ADE6966, ADE6370, ADE6360, ADE6161, ADE6160,