University of South Florida

College of Education

Adult Education


Moffitt Cancer Center


Tampa, FL 33620

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ed.D. - Adult Education, M.A. - Adult Education;Ed.S. - Adult Education;

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The intent of the Adult Education Program at the University of South Florida is to provide leadership to individuals concerned with the learning of adults. Adult Education provides courses and experiences for the continuing professional development of employed individuals and the preparation of new skills for those intending to enter adult education as a field of study. It is a primary responsibility of the program to provide leadership in the preparation and/pr development of educators who function in both school-based and non-school based adult education settings.

The typical advanced degree student in adult education is a full-time professional attending school on a part-time basis. Students tend to have three major areas of variance: setting, subject area, and role. These areas change for each person, creating an extreme diversity for students to be served by one degree program.

The setting is typically the institution or agency in which the student is employed or seeking employment. Students tend to come from a variety of settings--including both educational and non-educational ones.

Each student's area of specialty is subject centered. Frequently, this may be related to his/her undergraduate degree, but it is not limited to that area. Students within adult education tend to emphasize a particular subject area based on their specific job requirements. For example, a Cooperative Extension Agent may work largely in the home economics area designing and delivering learning activities for adults in the community.

Third, the student's role relates to the particular job responsibilities in which he/she functions at the place of employment. Students are generally in one of three major roles: 1) a learning facilitator, 2) a program developer, or 3) an administrator.

Application Deadlines are as follows: Fall: June 1; Spring: October 15; and Summer: March 2


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 40,000+

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