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Adult Education

Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology
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Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Minor Option
MA Adult ESL 39 hours Non-Thesis No minor
MA Adult ESL 42 hours Thesis No minor
MA Continuing and Comm. Education 39 hours Non-Thesis No minor
MA Continuing and Comm. Education 39 hours Thesis No minor
MA Workplace Learning 39 hours Non-Thesis No minor
MA Workplace Learning 39 hours Thesis No minor
Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall Semester - Priority † February 15 February 15
Fall Semester - Standard ∞ June 15 June 1
Spring Semester ∞ October 15 October 1
Summer ∞ April 15 April 15
Summer Midterm No Admission No Admission

Graduate course descriptions for this program may be viewed online in the Graduate Catalog.

∞The Graduate College will continue to process applications received after the deadline for this program, on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration. If the program is not listed as an option on ApplyTexas for a given semester, applicants may no longer apply for the program for that semester. Applicants will be required to submit a new application and fee for admission consideration for future semesters.

Financial Support
In order to be considered for graduate assistantships, scholarship, and fellowship funding opportunities, applications must be completed for review before the Priority Application Deadline. Please note that the application for this program will be available on ApplyTexas until the Standard Application Deadline date.

Application Decisions
The Adult Education program has a rolling admissions process in which completed applications are considered as they arrive. An admission decision should be made within three to four weeks, but it could take up to six weeks during peak times.

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Joellen Coryell mailto
Academic Services Building South 311

Advisor Support
Christina Vaughan mailto

 information  Please visit http://www.txstate.edu/clas/Adult-Education.html for more information regarding this program.

Application and Application Fee

Please apply online through the ApplyTexas Application and allow 2 working days for the application to be received by Texas State.

The required non-refundable $40.00 application fee can be submitted with credit/debit card information during the application process. If preferred, applicants may submit a non-refundable $40.00 application fee (check or money order in U.S. currency) made payable to Texas State. The mailing address is listed below.

Please Note: Students who change their admission status must pay the fee associated with the new application. Degree-seeking students changing majors and/or seeking multiple degrees are required to complete a new application and pay the $40 fee.

An additional international evaluation fee of $50.00 (U.S. currency) is required if the application is considered for admission based on foreign credentials.

Transcript and Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

Applicants who are a Texas State University degree recipient or are currently enrolled at Texas State need to request transcripts for any coursework NOT listed on the Texas State transcript. The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.

Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each college or university from which credit was received.  If your prior college or university does not send transcripts electronically, these transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope to the following address:.

Texas State University
The Graduate College
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. A minimum of a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of letter-grade work earned at a four-year college or university before receipt of a Bachelor's (plus any previously completed graduate or professional work) is required.

Applicants who have not yet graduated with a bachelor’s degree should send the transcript with the most recently completed semester’s grades.  The Graduate College will only calculate an applicant’s GPA after the last long (Spring or Fall) semester of coursework prior to graduation has been completed.  For example: Applicants who apply for a program that will begin Fall 2016 and expect to graduate in May 2016 should send transcripts with the Fall 2015 grades.  If transcripts are submitted without this information, applicants will be notified and the application will not be considered complete until the updated transcript has been received.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirement

The Adult Education program does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)/International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

English Proficiency exam scores are required to apply if English is not your native language. Fluency in reading, speaking, and writing English is expected of all accepted students. International students must submit preferred scores of:

  • iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) - 78 with 4 out of 4 minimum section scores: 19/reading; 19/listening; 19/speaking; 18/writing
  • IELTS (Academic) – 6.5 or higher with minimum individual module score of 6.0

Additional Application Requirements

  • Three (3) letters of reference from individuals with knowledge of the candidate as a student or as a professional
  • Writing sample: Discuss a major issue currently confronting adult education. Applicants are strongly encouraged to draw on their own experiences in education in writing this essay. Please detail the position on the subject and limit responses to 1000 words.

NOTE: Some programs require specific forms to be used when submitting references and essays. Please review the program website listed above.

Applicants may electronically submit the documents listed above to The Graduate College at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/rqmt/doc.html.  Letters of recommendation may be sent by the recommender via e-mail to gradrqmt@txstate.edu.  Recommenders will need to include the applicant name and date of birth, and preferably an student ID number.

If you are an international applicant or have international components to your application, please visit the International Student web page for other admission requirements that may apply to this program.