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Master's Degree Sample Electives

Students can customize their program to meet professional needs by choosing electives from among over 25 electives to provide a broad perspective out narrow focus area. 

EDCAE 750 – Women, Education, Leadership and Work

Course Description

This course emphasizes the collective and individual educational needs of women in and out of the work force and the part that occupational/educational preparation contributes to their participation in the work force.

EDACE 765 – Adult Learners and Integrating Technology Into the Curriculum

Course Description

This course includes an in-depth study of methods for integrating innovative technologies into the curriculum for adult learners. With an in-depth understanding of adult learners, students will analyze learning theories and appropriate technologies for relevance, effectiveness, and alignment with course curriculum.

EDACE 785 – Designing Curriculum and Classroom Instruction for Adult Learners

Course Description

This course focuses on the systematic approach to instructional design for adult learners. A comprehensive discussion of all major components of curriculum design from instructional objectives, course sequencing, instructional strategies, formative assessments and summative evaluations will be included. A major focus will also be on transfer of learning.

EDACE 816 – Foundations of Social Justice

Course Description

This course focuses on the principles of social justice education that promote equitable, sustainable, and transformative change in various formal and non-formal educational settings across the lifespan. The course integrates theoretical and practical aspects of social justice in local, national and international settings such as K-12 formal education, higher education, adult education, community development, and family education, and agricultural education.

EDACE 817 – Reflective Practice in Social Justice Education Capstone

Course Description

This course focuses on the application of principles of social justice education in informal and formal educational settings. Student-conceptualized and -implemented theory-to-practice social justice education projects serve as the capstone or culmination of the graduate certificate, with projects presenting powerful opportunities for students to foster social change and positively impact the communities in which they work.

EDACE 815 – Introduction to Community Educational Development

Course Description

This class offers a comprehensive review of factors related to community change and the role of educational programs in dealing with them. Emphasis is on educational and economic problem-solving approaches and change-implementing programs.

EDACE 820 – Principles of Teaching Adults

Course Description

This course will explore the theory and practice of teaching adults. Collaborative and active learning techniques will be emphasized in face-to-face and online environments. Students will examine the strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate application of a variety of methods to different adult education environments.

EDACE 822 – International Adult Education and Literacy

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the foundations of global, political, social-economic and educational issues facing international adult education and literacy students for English as a Second Language learner.

EDACE 824 – Teaching Online in Adult Learning

Course Description

This course examines online adult learning theories, online pedagogies, current research, and trends in e-education for the workplace and higher education.

EDACE 832 – Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Dynamics in Adult Learning and Leadership

Course Description

This course explores various psychological and sociological factors that impact leadership. Through examining topics like verbal and nonverbal communication, active listening, learning and presentation styles, emotional intelligence, conflict, and motivation, students gain a deeper understanding of how these factors affect their personal leadership styles and impact adults they are leading.

EDACE 834 – Leading Adults in a Globalized and Diverse World

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the foundations of adult education leadership in the context of managing a culturally diverse workforce. Concepts of globalization as well as cross- cultural and international environments as they relate to adult education leadership are emphasized through theory to practice projects and research.

EDACE 835 – Developing Teams and Adult Leaders

Course Description

This course will examine how teams and leaders can be developed using adult learning and leadership theories and principles.

EDACE 836 – Group Dynamics in Adult Learning and Leadership

Course Description

This course focuses on group and team behavior and processes in the adult education environment. Various factors that impact group behavior, processes, and effectiveness will be examined and participants will learn skills needed to more effectively manage and facilitate groups and teams of adults to achieve organizational objectives, accomplish tasks, and fulfill individual members' needs.

EDACE 837 – Quality Programs and Staff Management in Adult Learning and Leadership

Course Description

Utilizes the use of adult education theories of program administration to enhance student understanding of staff and team dynamics. Focuses on developing interpersonal skills so that students can be more effective leaders, problem solvers, motivators, coaches, and change managers.

EDACE 845 – Social Media and Adults in 21st Century

Course Description

This course addresses the most popular social media and helps students understand the promise and challenge that social media has brought to 21st century working adults. Example topics include but are not limited to Social Media and adult learning, Social Media in the workforce, and new technology literacy in 21st century.

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.

EDACE 860 – Innovative Higher Education Programs for Adults

Course Description

Designed to provide a conceptual understanding of innovative systems and structures currently serving higher education needs of adult learners. The course will provide a historical basis for the development of these programs as well as future trends. Included will be discussions of corporate colleges, external degree programs and distance/online learning.

EDACE 875 – Program Evaluation in Adult Learning and Leadership

Course Description

This course will provide an overview of various methods and strategies for evaluating educational programs for adults. Students will have the opportunity to examine the literature that is related to the program evaluation process in adult education settings. Opportunities to study the manner in which the process of program evaluation is conducted in modern programs for adults in governmental, educational, and private and public sector organizations will also be provided.

EDACE 880 – Significant Literature of Adult Learning

Course Description

This course is a seminar studying the significant literature of adult learning from a current and historic perspective.

EDACE 886 – Seminars in Adult Learning and Leadership

Course Description

Specialized topic courses.