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2011-2012 Catalog

M.Ed. Program in Adult and Higher Education



The Program

The changing nature of higher education and the influx of adult learners into formal, informal, community, and institutional education programs have sparked the need for skills, insights and knowledge of the field of adult and higher education.

The School of Education and Human Development at the University of Houston-Victoria is responding to that need by offering a new and exciting masters program that prepares students to work in formal and informal education environments outside of the K-12 structure.

UHV’s program in Adult and Higher Education would be unique among Texas institutions in that it would combine coursework in both adult education and higher education administration. This type of program would have broad appeal to students employed in a variety of fields.

Who enrolls in this program?

People who might enroll in this program will be faculty, staff, counselors/advisors, and administrators from universities and community colleges seeking advancement or to build their repertoire for leadership that comes with having a master’s degree. Those seeking the adult education track will be community educators such as those who teach in community settings, health education, corporate training and development environments, and religious organizations. This program will give them the valuable set of skills needed to accommodate the needs of and help overcome the barriers of adult learners.

Degree Requirements:

After completing the required core courses (15 credit hours), and the required research course (3 Credit Hours), students choose one of three areas of specialization: Higher Education (15 credit hours), Adult Education (15 credit hours), and or a “Discipline” track (18 credit hours). Students are required to complete an Internship in AHED (3 Credit Hours) or an additional elective within the AHED course curriculum. The completion of the program requires successfully passing a comprehensive exam that includes three questions-two core course questions and one specialty area course question. The student may be required to have an oral clarification of insufficient exam responses.

The breakdown is as follows:

Core: 15 Credit Hours
Research Core: 3 Credit Hours
Specialty Area: 15 Credit Hours for Adult or Higher, 18 for Discipline Track
Internship or Elective 3 Credit Hours
Comprehensive Exam Pass/Fail
Total: 36 or 39 Credit Hours

Degree Plan

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All students must take the core courses: 18 hours.
Students may choose between three concentrations:
Adult Education     36 hours
Higher Education   36 hours
Instruction             39 hours

Core Hours Adult Education Hours
AHED 6353 Educational Leadership in Organizations 3 AHED 6335 Diversity in Adult Education 3
AHED 6334 Foundations of Adult Education 3 AHED 6339 Self-Directed Learning 3
AHED 6346 Student Services in Higher Education 3 AHED 6332 Adult Development 3
AHED 6331 Program Planning and Development in AHED 3 AHED 6333 The Adult Learner 3
AHED 6356 IT Trends and Issues in AHED 3 AHED 6336 Continuing Professional Education 3
AHED 6338 Research in Adult and Higher Education 3 AHED 6305 Internship in AHED 3
Total 18 Total 18
Higher Education Hours Instruction
AHED 6355 Higher Education History 3 Students must complete 18 hours in a single discipline plus 3 hours more in AHED

UHV offers 18 graduate credits in the following disciplines:

Biology, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, History, Math, and Psychology.

Note: The AHED program does not plan, advise, or coordinate courses offered outside the program. Students would accumulate these hours of their own advisement.
AHED 6354 Higher Education Finance 3
AHED 6342 The American Community College 3
AHED 6337 College Teaching 3
AHED 6344 The College Student 3
AHED 6305 Internship in AHED 3
Total 18 Total 21

Note: The “Internship in AHED” may be substituted with another specialty area course by students who currently work in the field of adult and higher education by submitting a letter from their employer and a resume. Approval of the waiver is granted by the AHED Program Coordinator.

The goal of the program is for students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to conduct informed practice in one of the areas of adult or higher education, and to prepare faculty interested in teaching a discipline within a community college. This informed practice is dependent upon having a knowledge base of numerous theories, literature, and research strategies to address practical challenges in the field.