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Adult Learning and Leadership Ed.D. Curriculum

request information buttonThe Ed.D. in Adult Learning and Leadership requires a minimum of 90 post-baccalaureate, graduate credit hours. With the approval of the supervisory committee, up to 30 graduate hours earned as part of the Master’s degree may be used to satisfy the degree requirements.

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Required Academic Core Courses (15 credit hours)

Students without a master’s degree in adult education must take these courses in addition to the 90 credit hours in the doctoral degree, as determined by the supervisory committee.

EDACE 780 – Introduction to Adult Learning and Leadership (3 credits)

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 (3 credits)

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 – Critical and Social Issues in Adult Learning (3 credits)

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 Learning and Leadership (3 credits)

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.

EDCEP 816 – Research Methods in Education (or equivalent research methods course) (3 credits)

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.


Required Doctoral Courses(minimum of 12 credit hours from the following list or equivalent)

  • EDACE 916 - Foundations of Adult Learning and Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDCI 910 - Multicultural Curriculum Programming (3 credits)
  • EDCEP 912 - Psychological Bases of Educational Thought and Practice (3 credits)
  • EDACE 937 - Organization and Administration of Adult Learning and Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDACE 986 - Advanced Seminars in Adult Learning and Leadership (1-18 credits)

Required Research Courses (15 credit hours minimum)

  • EDCEP 817 – Statistical Methods in Education (3 credits)
  • EDCEP 917 – Experimental Design in Educational Research (3 credits)
  • EDACE 980 – Dissertation Process
  • EDLEA 838 – Qualitative Research in Education (3 credits)
  • EDLEA 938 – Advanced Data Analysis in Qualitative Methods (3 credits)
  • EDLEA 948 – Data Representation and Writing in Qualitative Research (3 credits)
  • or quantitative/qualitative research courses taken from other disciplines at K-State and approved by the supervisory committee

Elective Courses (Select electives appropriate to the area of emphasis that satisfy the minimum 90 credit hours for the program.)

EDACE prefix, additional quantitative/qualitative research courses or other disciplines at K-State and approved by the supervisory committee.


Experiential and Individualized Courses (0-6 credit hours)

  • EDACE 733 - Practicum in Adult Learning and Leadership (1-6 credits)
  • EDACE 775 - Readings in Adult Learning and Leadership (1-3 credits)
  • EDACE 795 - Problems in Adult Learning and Leadership (1-18 credits)

Clinical Experience (6 credit hours)

  • EDACE 991 – Internship in Adult Learning and Leadership (or equivalent) (1-6 credits)

Doctoral Research (12 credit hours minimum)

  • EDACE 999 - Doctoral Research (1-18 credits)

Preliminary Exam

The requirement for the preliminary examination is satisfactory completion of all segments of a monitored written examination of at least 12 hours over all areas of the program of study.