Course List - Master of Education in Adult Education

 

Required Courses (21 credits)
ADTED 460 Introduction to Adult Education
History, methods, agencies, program areas, and problems of adult education in the United States.
3 credits
ADTED 470 Introduction to Distance Education
An introduction to the history, philosophy, organizations, learning theories, and instructional procedures used in American and international distance education.
3 credits
ADTED 505 The Teaching of Adults
Examination of direct and indirect teaching; contracts, application of current technology, andragogy, motivation, evaluation; knowledge of research.

Prerequisite: ADTED 460
3 credits
ADTED 506 Program Planning in Adult Education
Intensive study of theoretical foundations, policies, evaluation models, methods, and materials in program planning in adult education.

Prerequisites: ADTED 460 and 505
3 credits
ADTED 507 Research and Evaluation in Adult Education
Guided discussion and reading in selected research and evaluation methods and trends as applied in adult education settings.

Prerequisite: ADTED 460
3 credits
ADTED 510 Historical and Social Issues in Adult Education
Social and historical foundations of adult education in the United States and selected nations.

Prerequisite: ADTED 460
Note: It is strongly recommended (required) that students have completed at least 12 credits of related course work prior to taking this course.
3 credits
ADTED 588 Professional Seminar: Research and Adult Education
Review of research in adult education, current and past, with analysis of its directions, effects, methodology, quality, financing, and prospects.

This is the capstone course—all other required courses must be taken prior to ADTED 588.
3 credits

Additional Courses (12 credits)

A 3-credit basic statistics course (400 level or above) is required. You may enroll in STAT 500 or STAT 897, available through the World Campus, or transfer in a statistics course from another accredited institution. You may transfer in up to 10 credits from an accredited institution.

18 credits of 500-level courses are required for the MEd program.

Prerequisites as listed may be waived by the course instructor if you can demonstrate the required level of competency.

Elective credits can be taken at any time during your degree progression. You will need to obtain prior approval from your academic adviser before taking any 400- or 500-level graduate courses to fulfill your elective requirements. Any graduate-level course taken at Penn State may qualify for an elective requirement for this program with prior approval from your academic adviser.

You may also be able to transfer credits into the program, in consultation with your academic adviser.

The following courses are approved electives for this program:

Elective Courses
ADTED 456 Introduction to Family Literacy
Explores comprehensive family literacy models, focusing upon families, services, outcomes, and roles and responsibilities of individuals, organizations, and communities.

Prerequisites: EDPSY 014, associate degree or 60 undergraduate credits
3 credits
ADTED 457 Adult Literacy
Surveys adult basic and literacy education programs and best practices; applies recent research on adult and family literacy.

Prerequisites: EDPSY 014, associate degree or 60 undergraduate credits
3 credits
ADTED 458 Early Literacy Development and Parental Involvement
Focuses on young children's language and literacy development, including parental and staff support; grounded in scientifically based reading research.

Prerequisites: EDPSY 014, associate degree or 60 undergraduate credits
3 credits
ADTED 459 Interactive Literacy: Parents and Children
Focuses on literacy and language interactions between parents and their young children (including English language learners), implementing intentional/planned learning.

Prerequisites: EDPSY 014, associate degree or 60 undergraduate credits
3 credits
ADTED 531 Course Design and Development in Distance Education
In-depth study of the practices of designing courses taught by print, broadcast, and telecommunications media to adult distance learners.

Prerequisites: ADTED 470, INSYS 415

3 credits

ADTED 532 Research and Evaluation in Distance Education
Study of previous, current, and needed research strategies, and issues concerning evaluation in distance education.
3 credits
ADTED 575 Administration of Adult Education
Organization of a program of adult education; legal status, finances, selection of teachers, learning personnel, housing; other administrative problems.

Prerequisites: ADTED 506 or EDLDR 480
3 credits
APLNG 802 Focus on English: Teaching Form, Meaning, and Use
Develops an understanding of the various domains of the English language as relevant for adult English-language learning and teaching.
3 credits
APLNG 804 Focus on Learners: Identity, Community, and Language Learning
Explores how individual identities shaped by cultural differences, social positioning, institutional roles and structures influence adult English-language learning and teaching.
3 credits
APLNG 806 Focus on Classrooms: Planning and Supporting Language Learning
Develops a critical awareness of one's teaching practice and highlights instructional planning and classroom interactions with adult English-language learners.
3 credits
APLNG 808 Focus on Instruction: Teaching and Assessing Language Learning
Develops an understanding of and ability to use effective teaching and assessment practices that support adult English-language learning.
3 credits
EDTEC 440 Educational Technology Integration
Technology integration in educational settings.

Prerequisite: EDPSY 014
3 credits
EDTEC 448 Using the Internet in the Classroom
This course introduces methods and models of using the Internet effectively in the classroom.

Prerequisite: EDTEC 400 or demonstrated Internet awareness
3 credits
EDTEC 449 Video and Hypermedia in the Classroom
Skills and knowledge needed to direct the use of learning technologies in educational settings.

Prerequisite: INSYS 415
3 credits
EDTEC 462 Coordinating Technology Use in Education
Skills and knowledge needed to direct the use of learning technologies in educational settings.

Prerequisite: EDTEC 448
3 credits
EDTEC 467 Emerging Web Technologies and Learning
This course examines emerging web technologies and explores their application to learning and education.
3 credits
EDTEC 566 Computers as Learning Tools
Using software to support learning, including databases, spreadsheets, semantic networks, expert systems, hypermedia construction, modeling tools, and computer conferencing.
3 credits
INSYS 415B Systematic Instructional Development for Teachers
Preparation of teachers to use a systematic model to design learning environments for K–12 classrooms.
3 credits