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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Adult and Higher Education
(Offered Completely Online)

The changing nature of higher education and the influx of adult learners into formal, informal, community, workplace 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 this need by offering Master's degree that prepares students to work in formal and nonformal education environments outside of the K-12 structure.  

UHV’s program in Adult and Higher Education is unique among Texas institutions in that it combines coursework in both adult education and higher education administration.  This  program is designed to have broad appeal to students employed in a variety of fields. Students complete a core curriculum and choose from one of three tracks: Adult Education, Higher Education, or Discipline/Instruction.

Who enrolls in this program?

This program has been designed to help individuals interested in the education of adults pursue their professional and educational goals. The Higher Education track is ideal for faculty, staff, advisors, student affairs professionals and administrators currently working in community colleges and other institutions of higher education who are seeking advancement or hoping to build their capacity for leadership that comes with having a master’s degree. Individuals pursuing the Adult Education track are generally educators who teach in community settings, health education, corporate training and development environments, or religious organizations. This program develops a valuable set of skills needed to accommodate the needs of and help overcome the barriers faced by adult learners. The Discipline/Instruction track has been structured to help individuals who wish to teach at the undergraduate level gain both the content knowledge and the credentials they will likely need.

Degree requirements:

In addition to 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), or a Discipline/Instruction track (18 credit hours). Students will be 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. Insufficient written responses may require a follow-up (oral or written) defense or further clarification  (Click here for degree plan.).

 

 Core  15 credit hours 
 Research Core   3 credit hours
 Specialty Area 15 credit hours for Adult or Higher Education
  18 credit hours for Discipline/Instruction Track
 Internship or Elective  3 credit hours
 Comprehensive Exam  Pass/Fail
 Total  36 or 39 credit hours

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. 

Note: The Discipline/Instruction track requires that students complete 18 graduate-level hours in a single discipline (e.g., biology, economics, psychology, etc.), which has traditionally been the “minimum requirement” of many colleges when considering the credentials for undergraduate instructors. Individuals wishing to pursue this track should check the requirements of the institution where they wish to teach. In addition, UHV limits the total number of credits that can be earned at another institution and applied to a UHV degree. Pursuing the Discipline/Instruction track will require careful planning and consultation with the AHED Program Coordinator.

Course Rotation

Year 1

Fall

Spring

Summer

AHED 6353

Educational Leadership in Organizations

AHED 6346

Introduction to Student Services

AHED 6356

IT Trends and Issues in AHED

AHED 6334

Foundations of Adult Education

AHED 6331

Program Planning and Development in AHED

AHED 6338

Research in AHED

AHED 6305

Internship in AHED

AHED 6305

Internship in AHED

AHED 6305

Internship in AHED

AHED 6332

Adult Development

AHED 6335

Diversity in Adult Education

AHED 6336

Continuing Professional Education

AHED 6342

The American Community College

AHED 6354

Higher Education Finance

   

 

Year 2

Fall

Spring

Summer

AHED 6353

Educational Leadership in Organizations

AHED 6346

Introduction to Student Services

AHED 6356

IT Trends and Issues in AHED

AHED 6334

Foundations of Adult Education

AHED 6331

Program Planning and Development in AHED

AHED 6338

Research in AHED

AHED 6305

Internship in AHED

AHED 6305

Internship in AHED

AHED 6305

Internship in AHED

AHED 6339

Self-Directed Learning

AHED 6333

The Adult Learner

 

 

AHED 6344

The College Student

AHED 6337

College Teaching

AHED 6355 Higher Education History

 

 

Notes related to the course rotation:

  • Courses in the shaded areas of the tables are offered every year.
  • The first two rows represent core courses, required of all students in the AHED program. Notice that several required courses are offered only during the summer semester.
  • During 2012-2013, “Year 2” classes are offered; during 2013-2014 “Year 1” classes will be scheduled.
  • The Adult Education track requires completion of the following courses: AHED 6332, AHED 6335, AHED 6336, AHED 6339, AHED 6333.
  • The Higher Education track requires completion of the following courses: AHED 6342, AHED 6354, AHED 6344, AHED 6337, AHED 6355.

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. 

 

For more information about the program, or questions contact:

Joann S. Olson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Advisor
University of Houston-Victoria

234 University West

Victoria, TX 77901

Office: (361) 570.4214 Email: OlsonJ@uhv.edu

 

 

 

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