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Master of Arts in Adult and Community Education

Adult Education and Communications Technology students

IUP’s M.A. in Adult and Community Education (ACE) program helps you to develop knowledge and skills in educational program management, program planning techniques, and in methods of helping adults learn.

Join students and colleagues in the ACE program who represent a variety of professional and educational backgrounds, including training and development, health care, human resource management, adult basic and literacy education, social services, higher education, and community development and outreach.

Program Features

  • Take courses part-time, two evenings per week
    (typically Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.)
  • Complete your program in two-years (six semesters, total) by taking two courses per term
  • Learn from doctoral-level IUP faculty members who are active in teaching, research and service

Required Courses

Introduction to Adult and Community Education
The Adult Learner
Program and Process Development in ACE
Organization and Administration in ACE
Facilitating Adult Learning
Elements of Research
Seminar in ACE
Internship in ACE
Practical Research or Thesis
Electives (two)

Course descriptions can be found on line in the Graduate Catalog.

More information about about IUP’s Department of Adult and Community Education is available at its department website.


IUP’s School of Graduate Studies and Research is accepting applications for Fall 2011. Submit the following items to IUP's School of Graduate Studies and Research for admission consideration:

  • Application form: Apply on line or request materials by e-mailing or by calling 1-800-845-0131.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Signed and dated statement of career and academic goals
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee. Note: As of July 1, 2011, the application fee will be $50.
  • Resume

For More Information

Dr. Gary Dean, program coordinator
Department of Adult and Community Education

  • Monroeville Graduate and Professional Center
  • 400 Penn Center Boulevard
    Building 4, Suite 900
    Pittsburgh, PA 15235
  • Phone: 412-824-1999
  • Fax: 412-824-3320
  • Office Hours
  • M, W: 1:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • T: 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
  • Th: 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • F: 1:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • St: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.