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Master of Education in Adult & Higher Education

Times have changed, and with it, the field of higher education and adult learners. The Master of Education in adult and higher education helps prepare you to meet the needs of both.

Offered completely online, the program provides you with the specialized skillset, insight, and knowledge to work in postsecondary settings, helping adults pursue their educational and career goals.

Before you get started, you’ll need

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • The prerequisites required by the education college’s admissions policy
  • Access to a computer and high-speed Internet as well as basic computer and word-processing skills

Degrees You Can Earn

The MEd in adult and higher education is a 36- or 39-credit-hour program, depending on your specialization. It is unique among similar programs in Texas for its emphasis on coursework that combines adult education and higher education administration. You can pursue the following study tracks:

MEd Adult & Higher Education, Higher Education Track: With a focus on the development of leadership skills, the 15-credit-hour higher education track is an excellent fit for those already working in higher education and interested in seeking career advancement through graduate study. For those looking to transition into a career in student affairs or higher education administration, this track provides an excellent introduction to the skills and knowledge you will need to make that move.

See a breakdown of the degree plan and requirements.

MEd Adult & Higher Education, Adult Education Track: This 15-credit-hour track focuses on meeting the needs of adult learners and helping them navigate barriers to their educational and professional goals. It is an ideal course of study if you desire to work with adult learners in corporate or community-based settings.

See a breakdown of the degree plan and requirements.

MEd Adult & Higher Education, Discipline & Instruction Track: The 18-credit-hour discipline and instruction track is for you if you want to teach at the postsecondary level and are seeking the content knowledge and credentials you’ll need for a college-level teaching career. You must focus your studies in this track on a subject area of your choosing.

See a breakdown of the degree plan and requirements.

Other Degree Requirements

In addition to the credit hours needed for the track in which you specialize, all MEd in adult and higher education students must meet the following requirements:

  • 15 hours of core courses
  • 3-credit-hour research course
  • 3-credit-hour internship or an additional elective within the program
    *Note: You may be able to substitute the internship for a specialty-area course if you already work in the adult and higher education field. Contact the program coordinator to discuss this option.)
  • Pass the Master Comprehensive Exam. The exam includes two questions from core courses and one from a specialty course.

Where Can This Degree Take You?

Well, where would you like to go? The need for professionals in the field of adult and higher education is on the rise. You can take your skills to public and private institutions in Texas and across the country and to community organizations and corporate settings.

There’s a lot ahead of you. You can go anywhere and do anything—follow a path or forge a brand new one. It’s all up to you, and we’re here to help prepare you for whatever journey lies ahead.

Visit the Career Services department to search for internships, apply for jobs, or get help putting together your resume.

Tuition & Funding

A good education shouldn’t saddle you with insurmountable debt. That’s why, at UHV, affordability and quality go hand in hand. From scholarships to grants to assistantships, we offer an array of options to help you afford your UHV graduate education.

Tuition Rates

The estimated cost of attending the University of Houston–Victoria varies with enrollment status and personal lifestyle. Browse our Cost of Attendance page to get an idea of how much it will cost to attend UHV.

Funding Options

To apply for FAFSA and similar external scholarships, visit the Office of Financial Aid Internal scholarships and assistantships may also be available; contact the program coordinator for more information.

Sound like your direction? Request more information or begin your application.