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The Master of Arts Program in Educating Adults (MAEA) from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) is designed for people who, working formally or informally in diverse settings, support the process and practice of adults’ learning. Grounded in key theories, current research and best practices in adult education and learning, the program provides a learning laboratory for learners to build and deepen their knowledge and skills in assessment, design, facilitation, evaluation and ongoing research to improve practice.
MAEA students may choose a focus area within Educating Adults:
This focus area is designed to help adults effect change and growth within their local contexts. Students electing this focus area work with others to facilitate positive change for individuals, groups, and/or communities. Related areas include community development, community engagement, empowerment, social change, social impact, and social justice.
Learning and Development
This focus area is designed to help adults develop their growth and performance potential in the workplace. Students electing this focus area center their work on assessment and evaluation, curriculum/program development, delivery/facilitation, and/or curriculum design. Related areas include employee engagement, human resources, instructional design, performance improvement, talent development, and training.
This focus area is designed to help adults learn using technology in various ways and for various purposes. Students electing this focus area use a range of platforms, strategies and tools for designing and delivering learning in on-line, on-ground, and/or hybrid environments. Related areas include E-learning, gamification, and social media.
This focus area is to-be-developed by the individual student in the event that none of the three designated areas (above) reflects the student’s interests and career aspirations. (If proposing one’s own individualized focus area, students are advised to consider the perspectives of external audiences such as employers and graduate schools.)
Alumni qualify for the Double Demon scholarship.
Students will be able to:
Students must complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours with a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0.
Students participate in graduate seminars designed to liberate practice from single points of view and action. Students are required to complete 18 credit hours of coursework in the Liberal Learning section.
MAEA students may choose a focus area within Educating Adults
The program provides you with the opportunity to expand your knowledge of key theories and best practices in adult learning — including the latest in instructional technology, course design, learning facilitation, Internet-based practices and emerging trends. In addition, you’ll be able to:
Students begin the MAEA program with a cohort of about 15 students and a faculty mentor. This cohort of students moves through the core curriculum together. The first course in the program — Developing Professional Identity (4 quarter credit hours) — is typically offered twice a year in the fall and spring quarters and taught by the faculty mentor. New students simultaneously take Finding and Managing Information (2 quarter credit hours). These two courses set the foundation for your graduate degree.
To qualify for the MAEA, you must complete 52 quarter credit hours. The program has five components.
The MAEA program may also be expanded to include two graduate certificates, Liberal Learning for Professionals and Educating Adults.Learn more.
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Students will be able to
Students participate in graduate seminars designed to liberate practice from single points of view and action.