Adult and Continuing Education, M.S.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website: www.marshall.edu/graduate/how-to-apply-for-admission.

In addition to Marshall University’s requirements for admission, the following criteria must be met for admission to the Adult and Continuing Education program:

  • Admission to the program also requires an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Admission to the Career and Technical Teaching emphasis requires that students be employed as a career and technical center teacher in West Virginia.

Program Requirements

Areas of Emphasis in Adult Education and Evaluation

A total of 30 credit hours is required for program completion for the Adult Education and Evaluation area of emphasis to satisfy the Master of Science degree requirements.

A Plan of Study will be sent to the student at the time of admission. Changes in required courses and the choice of any elective courses must be approved, and signed by the advisor on the office copy of the Plan of Study. The Plan of Study is a student’s “blueprint” for completing graduation requirements.

The required GPA to complete the master’s degree is 3.0 (B). Students must prepare an academic portfolio in the capstone course during their last semester of enrollment, and may take no more than one other 3-hour course in the semester that the capstone course is taken.

Adult Education and Evaluation Area of Emphasis

The Adult Education and Evaluation area of emphasis serves training and development professionals looking to expand knowledge and further careers, as well as professionals wanting to transition into teaching adults.

Adult Education serves persons who work with adults in either an instructional or an administrative role. Students are drawn from various areas such as the human services agencies, those with staff development, or in-service responsibilities in hospitals, business or government, as well as those in adult preparatory programs at the postsecondary or community college level.

Area of Emphasis in Career and Technical Center Teaching

A total of 30 credit hours is required for program completion for the Career and Technical Center Teaching area of emphasis to satisfy the Master of Science degree requirements.

A Plan of Study will be sent to the student at the time of admission. Changes in required courses and the choice of any elective courses must be approved, and signed by the advisor on the office copy of the Plan of Study. The Plan of Study is a student’s “blueprint” for completing graduation requirements.

The required GPA to complete the master’s degree is 3.0 (B). Students must prepare an academic portfolio in the capstone course during their last semester of enrollment, and may take no more than one other 3-hour course in the semester that the capstone course is taken.

Area of Emphasis in Training and Development

Training and Development serves persons employed in business, industry, or other organizations involved in the advancement of knowledge, competencies, and skills of their employees. Students are drawn from various areas such as a management, marketing, human resources, and safety, whose responsibilities may include instructional design and preparation of employees for current jobs, future assignments, and/or personal enhancement.

For further information on this Area of Emphasis, please call the Leadership Studies department at 304-746-2514.

Plan of Study

Areas of Emphasis

Adult Education and Evaluation

Required Core Courses
ACE 603Intro to Adult Ed & Learners3
ACE 656Instr Planning for Adults3
ACE 671Eval of Adult and Tech Educ3
LS 632Human Rel in Public Sec3
General Courses
ACE 600Aspects of Train and Dev3
ACE 618Literature Adult Contin Educ3
ACE 628Adult Inst Envir & Pers Aspect3
ACE 677Research Method & Design ACE3
ACE 689Grant Proposal Writing3
Capstone
ACE 685ACE Capstone3
Total Credit Hours30

Career and Technical Center Teaching

Required Core Courses
ACE 603Intro to Adult Ed & Learners3
ACE 656Instr Planning for Adults3
ACE 671Eval of Adult and Tech Educ3
LS 632Human Rel in Public Sec3
West Virginia Licensure Courses
ACE 508Teach Methods Career Tech Educ3
ACE 511Intro to Career and Tech Educ3
ACE 524Safety in Career Technical Ed3
ACE 650Career Educ Curriculum Dev3
ACE 673Assessment in Adult Tech3
ACE 548Appl Basic Skills Career Tech3
or ACE 631 Survey Prac Computer Appl
or ACE 637 Indiv Computer Prog App
Capstone
ACE 685ACE Capstone3
Total Credit Hours33