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Adult Education and Communications Technology, Master of Arts Track

You’ll learn how to set up an educational program and work with adult learners and how to use digital technologies, such as website development and nonlinear video editing, in this dual-sided master’s program.

Master of Arts in Adult Education and Communications Technology

Gain the knowledge and credentials to teach distance education

The IUP MA in Adult Education and Communications Technology is the only master’s program of its kind in the United States.

Built on a theory-to-practice model that encourages students to relate course content to their specific areas of interest, the program is a collaboration between the Department of Adult and Community Education and the Department of Communications Media.

Designed for the working professional, all classes are offered during the evening.

No other program prepares you better to be an educator and trainer in today’s technological world.

  • Prepare for a career in distance education, instructional design, and the development of online courses for companies, organizations, government, and higher education.
  • Examine a variety of topics, including adult learning theory, adult education organizations, development and theories behind various media, and instructional design.
  • Earn an optional Instructional Technology Specialist Certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education so you can work in K–12 schools.
  • Gain the expertise to be an instructional designer so you can develop as well as teach courses through an intranet or the Internet.
  • Choose whether you want to complete the thesis or non-thesis option.
  • Acquire a balance of academic courses and practical field experience from this 36-semester-hour program.

Our Communications Media Facilities

Students in the Adult Education and Communications Technology program have access to the facilities of the Communications Media Department, including:

  • audio recording lab
  • animation studio
  • digital television studio
  • radio station
  • graphics lab
  • digital photography lab
  • digital media institute
  • games and simulations center

The program includes production requirements that immerse students in media development. The Digital Media Institute and the Applied Media, Simulations, and Games Center both serve real clients through grant and other funding sources.

Contact the Program Coordinator

Contact Professor Gary Dean at or (724) 357-4538.

  • Adult and Community Education Department
  • Davis Hall, Room 104
    570 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2470
  • Fax: 724-357-3085
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.