Oct 02, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adult and Higher Education, M.S.


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The University of Southern Maine’s Master of Science in Adult and Higher Education program was established in 1972 to meet the region’s need for trained adult education public school administrators. Since those early days it has expanded its role in the state and region to prepare professional adult educators for positions in a wide variety of sectors including public K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, large and medium-sized corporations, and community not-for-profit agencies. Specific jobs graduates fill include director of adult education, dean, academic advisor, corporate trainer, staff development specialist, program designer, research associate, and adult education teacher. The thirty-sixcredit hour degree may be earned entirely online although several elective courses are offered either in a blended format or on campus.

Program Requirements


The Master of Science in Adult and Higher Education requires thirty-six credits of coursework. Students must also submit a professional portfolio. This portfolio requirement is embedded in the capstone course.

Recommended Course Sequence


  • The course sequences below are recommended but not mandatory.
  • “Core” courses are designed to be taken early. “Middle Core” and “Elective” courses may be interspersed throughout the curriculum. The field course (HRD 687  or HRD 698 ) and capstone seminar (HRD 649 ) should be taken toward the end of the curriculum.
  • The fastest people move through this M.S. program is two years. The typical pace is three years. And due to their life circumstances some students prefer to take four years.
  • All courses in this M.S. program are offered online.

Two-Year Track


Year 1 (Fall)

  • History and Philosophy of Adult Education (HRD 600  = Core)
  • The Adult Learner (HRD 631  = Core)

Year 1 (Spring)

  • Introduction to Educational Research (EDU 600  = Core)
  • One middle core course (there are six to choose from)

Year 1 (Summer)

  • One middle core course
  • One elective (there are several each summer to choose from)

Year 2 (Fall)

  • One middle core course
  • One elective (there are several to choose from)

Year 2 (Spring)

  • Field course (either Internship or Directed study)
  • Capstone Seminar in Adult and Higher Education (HRD 649  = Capstone)

Year 2 (Summer)

  • Two electives

Three Year Track


Note: The sequence below has the student taking one course in the fall, two in the spring, and one in the summer. This schedule can be changed in various ways to equate to four courses per year over a total of three years.

Year 1 (Fall)

  • History and Philosophy of Adult Ed. (HRD 600 )

Year 1 (Spring)

  • The Adult Learner (HRD 631 )
  • Introduction to Educational Research (EDU 600 )

Year 1 (Summer)

  • One middle core or elective course

Year 2 (Fall)

  • One middle core or elective course

Year 2 (Spring)

  • One middle core course
  • One elective course

Year 2 (Summer)

  • One middle core or elective course

Year 3 (Fall)

  • Field course (either internship or directed study)

Year 3 (Spring)

  • Capstone Seminar in Adult and Higher Education (HRD 649 )
  • One elective

Year 3 (Summer)

  • Final elective

Four Year Track


Note: The sequence below has the student taking three courses per year over four years.

Year 1 (Fall)

  • History and Philosophy of Adult Ed. (HRD 600 )

Year 1 (Spring)

Year 1 (Summer)

  • Introduction to Educational Research (EDU 600 )

Year 2 (Fall)

  • One middle core or elective course

Year 2 (Spring)

  • One middle core or elective course

Year 2 (Summer)

  • One middle core or elective course

Year 3 (Fall)

  • One middle core or elective course

Year 3 (Spring)

  • One middle core or elective course

Year 3 (Summer)

  • One middle core or elective course

Year 4 (Fall)

  • Field course (either internship or directed study)

Year 4 (Spring)

  • Capstone Seminar in Adult and Higher Education (HRD 649 )

Year 4 (Summer)

  • Final course (either middle core or elective)

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