M.A. in Adult Education and Communications Technology Track

  • The M.A. in Adult Education and Communications Technology is delivered collaboratively by the Department of Adult and Community Education and the Department of Communications Media.

    Adult education is a fast-growing field which encompasses the development, delivery, and evaluation of education programs in a broad variety of settings, including business and industry, community colleges, health care, community and social agencies, higher education, corrections, and vocational education. Communications Technology is the application of current and emerging technologies to enhance and supplement the delivery of educational and informational programs. The combination of the theory and research from Adult Education and the knowledge and skills in the use of technology from Communications Technology will place graduates of the program in an advantageous position in the labor market.

    Graduates are competitive for such employment opportunities as human resources developers in business and industry; production positions in education, business, and government; public relations positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors; entrepreneurs in the rapidly developing market of external program delivery to government, business, and education; and a variety of other jobs which involve the delivery of education and training and the use of technology.

    The purpose of the program is to help students acquire knowledge and skills in theory and research in adult education and in the applications of current and emerging production technologies. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

    1. Understand and apply adult development and learning theory to the design and implementation of educational programs and media selection and use.
    2. Plan educational programs which incorporate the use of educational technology, needs assessment, and program evaluation.
    3. Understand the importance of leadership and management skills in an organizational context.
    4. Demonstrate skills for teaching adults in face-to-face settings.
    5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in use of research methods.
    6. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in use of multimedia production.
    7. Select, design, produce, and evaluate technology and media for education and training of adults.
    8. Conduct audience/learner analysis.
    9. Understand and apply principles of ethics as they relate to the use of media and technology.
    10. Employ instructional systems design processes, including developing goals and objectives, developing learning activities, and conducting learner assessment.
    11. Integrate technology with the teaching and training of adults.
    12. Obtain practical experience in the design, development, utilization, and evaluation of technology and adult learning.

    Program Requirements

    I. Core Courses (27 cr.)

    ACE 621 The Adult Learner 3 cr.
    ACE 622 Program and Process Development in ACE 3 cr.
    ACE 623 Organization and Administration in ACE 3 cr.
    ACE 625 Facilitating Adult Learning 3 cr.
    ACE 750 Seminar: Technology and Adult Learning 3 cr.
    COMM 600 Instructional Design and Development 3 cr.
    COMM 601 Media Production 3 cr.
    COMM 614 Instructional Computing Basics 3 cr.
    COMM 631 Interactive Multimedia 3 cr.

    II. Research Requirements (3 cr.)

    GSR 615 Elements of Research 3 cr.

    III. Either

    A. Thesis Option (3 cr.)

    ACE/COMM 795 Thesis 3 cr.


    B. Non-Thesis Option (6 cr.)

    Six credits of the following:

    COMM 698 Internship 3-6 cr.
    ----- Electives (As approved by advisor) 3-6 cr.

    Total (Thesis Option) 33 cr.

    Total (Non-Thesis Option) 36cr.