Adult, Professional, and Community Education (Master's)
This program has dedicated, learner-centered faculty who are leaders in the field, a culture of collaboration and collegiality, a focus on reflective practice, emphasizing both theory and skills to become more effective practitioners and leaders, and course delivery formats for working professionals (night, hybrid, and online courses).
The program has been recognized for curriculum innovation by the Commission of Professors of Adult Education.
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“This is a unique program and allows us to expand our professional interests.ˮ
— Gisell Lumbreras, M.A '17
This is a 36- to 39-hour thesis-optional program with a common core of courses that provides the expertise and experience to develop and lead a variety of adult education programs. In addition to the common core, which includes a supervised internship, students are encouraged to take courses appropriate to their career-focused specializations: adult ESL (offered on-campus and online) and workplace, community, and continuing education (offered fully online). Students selecting the thesis option complete a supervised research project, which provides excellent preparation for doctoral study or research-focused positions. Those electing the non-thesis option will complete a written comprehensive examination and may elect six additional hours of elective course work.
|Degree||Concentration||Hours||Thesis Option||Minor Option|
|M.A.||Adult ESL||36||Non-Thesis||No minor|
|M.A.||Adult ESL||39||Thesis||No minor|
|M.A.||Work, Community and Continuing Education||36||Non-Thesis||No minor|
|M.A.||Work, Community and Continuing Education||39||Thesis||No minor|
The majority of this program may be offered online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International students, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) regarding additional considerations in taking online courses.
The program is diverse with local and international students. Graduates have gone on to make a difference as community educators, corporate trainers, higher education professionals, and educational leaders.
The master of arts (M.A.) in adult, professional, and community education is an academically rigorous and student-focused program, designed for individuals working in or aspiring to work in adult education programs in diverse settings including community-based organizations, government agencies, business and industry, and post-secondary education programs for adults. The program prepares reflective practitioners to teach, develop, and manage adult educational programs and to conduct applied research for the improvement of practice.
The faculty members in this program are a unique group of individuals from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and nationally recognized for their accomplishments. Their research has been published in top-tier journals such as Adult Education Quarterly, Adult Learning, Journal of Workplace Learning, Human Resource Development International, Journal of Continuing Higher Education, Journal of Studies in International Education, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. They also provide national and international leadership as journal editors and reviewers.
The program educates scholar-practitioners for diverse roles as teachers, staff developers, evaluators, and administrators. Graduates are found in government agencies, corporations, colleges and universities, the military, and community organizations including libraries, museums, parks, schools, workforce development foundations, NGOs, social services, religious organizations, adult literacy, adult basic education, and ESL programs.
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.
The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.
Transcripts & GPA
- baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
- a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
- minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
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- GRE not required
- three letters of recommendation from individuals with knowledge of you as a student or as a professional
- writing sample (maximum 1,000 words) discussing a major issue currently confronting adult education. Please draw on your own experiences, detailing your position on the subject.
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TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS Scores
Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.
- official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of
- 19 listening
- 19 reading
- 19 speaking
- 18 writing
- official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
- official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
- minimum individual module scores of 6.0
This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.
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