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College of Education
006 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

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The 33 credit hour Adult and Continuing Education master’s curriculum includes 18 credit hours of required courses, 15 credit hours of electives, and the development of a portfolio.

Required Courses (18 credit hours of core courses)

EDACE 780 Introduction to Adult Education

Course Description

This is a foundation course that acquaints the student with the diverse and evolving field of adult education. It provides a systematic base for further studies in adult education. The broad purpose of this course is to have students explore the scope and significance of the field and its contributions to present-day learning in society. The student should leave this course with the beginning perspective of how adult education emerged, how it is presently changing, and how it interrelates with other fields and disciplines.

EDACE 790 Characteristics of the Adult Learner

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to help the student gain increased knowledge about the characteristics of adults and how these impact learning. Students will be asked to develop a critical understanding of relevant theories, concepts, and research. Lastly, they will develop a better understanding of themselves as an adult learner.

EDACE 818 Social Foundations of Adult Education

Course Description

This course is designed for adult and continuing education students and college or university personnel in sociology and related fields dealing with adults. It is based on the premise that learning is affected by society, government, and economics. Included is an in-depth examination of the relationship between adult education and culture.

EDACE 830 Program Planning in Adult Education

Course Description

This course includes an analysis of major approaches of program planning and development and discussion of assumptions related to successful program planning in several types of organizations. It outlines the importance of program planning and elements of a systematic planning process.

EDACE 847 Adult Learning and Motivation

Course Description

This course will examine current adult learning and motivational concepts. Emphasis will be on gaining an understanding of how to create learning environments that enhance adult motivation to learn. Additionally, the practical application of learning theories in the classroom will be explored.

EDCEP 816 Research Methods in Education (or approved equivalent)

Course Description

This course will focus upon the fundamental principles and methods of social science research. Additionally, it will provide an opportunity for students to become critical readers of research-based literature in adult education through developing an understanding of the key aspects of quantitative, qualitative, and action-based analytical methods and research traditions.

Opportunity to Customize (15 credit hours of electives)

Students can customize their program to meet professional needs by choosing electives from the Adult Education curriculum that provide a broad perspective or narrow focus area. A variety of Graduate Certificate programs are also available.

See a partial list of available elective courses here (link coming soon).


The culminating project of the program is development of a learning portfolio.

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