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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Curriculum and Instruction (CUR)
with a Concentration in Adult Education (DAE)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 13.0301
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 97
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 64

Contact Information:
College of Education
Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education (L-CACHE) Department (CNI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Rosemary Closson
Phone: 813-974-8330


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Program Information

Prepares leaders, researchers, university faculty, and related personnel to serve in the broad field of adult education.


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

Refer to each area of concentration for program admission requirements or contact the program for assistance.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Prepares leaders, researachers, university faculty, and related personnel to serve in the broad field of adult education. Programs in the College are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

Total Program requirements with this concentration:
64 hours minimum

Program Core Requirement:
     • EEX 7743 - Philosophies of Inquiry (3)

Note: students who enter without a master's in adult education must take ADE 6080.
Research Methods and Tools15 hours minimum
EDF6407 Statistical Analysis for Educational Research I4
EDF7408 Statistical Analysis for Educational Research 4
EDF7410 Design of Systematic Studies in Education4
PHC 6706 Focus Group Research Strategies3
EDF 7477 Qualitative Research in Education4
EDF 7478 Qualitative Research II4
Or other approved course by major professor and/or program committee
Concentration Requirements 18 hours minimum
Required Adult Education Concentration Courses:10 hours minimum
ADE 7388 Adult Development and Learning3
ADE 7930 Beginning Doctoral Seminar4
ADE 7937 Final Doctoral Seminar3
Electives within specialization15 hours minimum
Select from the following in consultation with doctoral committee:
ADE 7947 Advanced Internship2-4
ADE 7910 Directed Research1-4
ADE7076 Continuing Education in the Community College and Higher Education3
ADE7269 Organization and Administration of Adult and Continuing Ed and HRD3
ADE7169 Instructional Development using Adult Ed Principles and Practices3
ADE7268 Leadership in Adult Continuing Education and HRD3
ADE7676 HRD Policy Seminar3
ADE7677 Emerging Trends in Adult Ed: Critical Race Theory3
ADE6389 Adult Learning and Cognitive Styles3
ADE7931 Learning and Change3
ADE6070 International Adult Education3
ADE6198 Effective Continuing Education for Professional Groups3
ADE6197 Adult Basic Education4
Interdisciplinary Focus3-4 hours minimum
1 or more courses/experiences that foster interdisciplinary collaboration selected depending on individual student interest in consultation with doctoral committee
EDF 7145 Cognitive Issues in Instruction4
EDF 6883 Issues in Multicultural Education4
EDF 7359 Resilience / Human development4
EDH 7225 Curriculum Development in Higher Education3
EDF 6705 Gender and the Education Process3
EDF 7357 Application of Developmental Theories4
Dissertation Requirement: 18 hours minimum
ADE7980 Dissertation2-18
Please be advised that programs of study are designed by the program faculty in concert with each individual student and the program 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.


USF Degree Requirements

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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:

EDF6407, EDF7408, EDF7410, EDF7145, EDF6883, EDF7682, EDF7934, ADE7169, EDH7225, EDG7667, EDG7692, ADE7388, ADE7930, ADE7947, ADE7910, ADE7076, ADE7269, ADE7169, EVT7761, ADE7268, ADE7676, ADE7931, ADE6389, ADE7931, ADE6906, ADE6931, ADE6570, ADE6198, ADE7980,