The focus of a program leading to a doctoral degree in Adult Education is the facilitation of purposeful continuing learning by men and women - alone, in groups, in the community, or in institutional settings. Adult education extends through the life span from late adolescence to advanced age and takes place in a rich diversity of organizational as well as informal settings. The purpose of the Adult Education program is to increase the knowledge and competence of those who work with adult learners. Course work, reading assignments, projects, informal discussions, and the dissertation all provide opportunities for in-depth, mind-stretching, and challenging learning experiences. The program is interdisciplinary, and in addition to Adult Education core courses, students are required to take courses in supporting fields within the University.
The program is cohort–based, targeted toward working adults who can pursue doctoral study part time. Typically, students interested in Adult Education are engaged in or oriented toward careers as administrators, instructors of adults, staff developers, and program planners in learning environments such as business and industry, community development, staff development, professional continuing education, corrections education, literacy and adult basic education, religious education, human services, correspondence and distance education, higher education, and university extension.
Courses are typically scheduled on evenings and weekends to accommodate employed students. Entering students are encouraged to have a concept of their major interest and possible thesis subject, which may be developed during course work.
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