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M.A. in Adult and Community Education

The Master of Arts program in Adult and Community Education (ACE) is designed to develop educational leaders in various non-formal instructional settings. ACE graduates work in business and industry, hospitals and health-related institutions, community agencies, governmental offices, the military, religious organizations, voluntary associations, and many other human services organizations. Students are encouraged to relate theory to practice in their specific areas of interest. The ACE program offers a sound balance of academic preparation, practical field experience and individual research.

Professional preparation for students in adult and community education is realized through helping them develop: 

  • A specialized knowledge of the literature, research, and theories in adult and community education  
  • A broad knowledge of the literature, research, and theories in supporting disciplines  
  • Specific skills to enhance performance as an adult and community educator  
  • The ability to reflect critically on and learn from one’s professional and personal practices as an adult and community educator  
  • The ability to guide practice based on theory and to modify theories based on practical experience  
  • The ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally  
  • The ability to understand, conceptualize, and conduct research in adult and community education  
  •  A commitment to support the growth of adult and community education as a field of inquiry and practice  
  •  A commitment to continued professional development in adult and community education  
  •  A commitment to use the knowledge and skills learned in the program to improve the quality of life at work, in the community, and in society  

In addition to the regular School of Graduate Studies and Research requirements, applicants for the M.A. in Adult and Community Education are required to submit a resume. The program can be completed on line. 

Program Requirements 

Course Number Course Title  Non-Thesis* Thesis
ACE 620 Introduction to Adult and Community Education 3 cr. 3 cr.
ACE 621 The Adult Learner 3 cr. 3 cr.
ACE 622 Program and Process Development in ACE 3 cr. 3 cr.
ACE 623 Organization and Administration in ACE 3 cr. 3 cr.
ACE 625 Facilitating Adult Learning 3 cr. 3 cr.
ACE 735 Seminar in ACE 3 cr. 3 cr.
ACE 740 Internship in ACE 6 cr. 6 cr.
ACE 745 Practical Research in ACE 3 cr. 3 cr.†
ACE 795 Thesis ----- 3 cr.
GSR 615 Elements of Research 3 cr. 3 cr.
------ Electives 6 cr. 3 cr.
Total 36 cr.

*A comprehensive examination is required for non-thesis option students.

†ACE 745 is recommended as an elective for thesis option students.

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    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1048
  • Phone: 724-357-2222
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  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Summer: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.