College of Education Departments

Educational Leadership and Counseling

Adult Education Program

Areas of Focus

Master of Education Degree in Adult Education is Online!

The Adult Education program focus prepares individuals to work with the unique problems and learning styles of adult learners. With a focus on community, continuing and higher education, this fully online program offers a curriculum in a mentoring environment to allow students to excel in many areas, including education, business, healthcare, agriculture education, military, and nonprofit careers. Taking two courses per term, students can easily complete the program within two years.

Earn adult master's degree

Application Procedures

Students may be admitted to the program from a variety of academic backgrounds. Students who enroll in the graduate program in Adult Education must meet the general graduate admission requirements for TAMUK.

Cost of Attendance

You can visit the Business Office website for information on the cost of attendance.

Admission to the University

All prospective students should access the Graduate Admissions page on the TAMUK website for the processes and procedures related to admissions.

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the program, students must have:

  • A Bachelors Degree
  • Transcripts submitted to Graduate Studies
  • A minimum score on the MAT (388) or GRE (288)
  • Application completed through

Questions Regarding Admission Status

Please call the Office of Admissions to check on the status of your admission to the University.

Enrollment in Classes

Students may register online, using Blue & Gold, after they have been accepted into the University. If you have questions, please call or email Dr. Angela Gibson .

College of Graduate Studies

For additional information, contact the College of Graduate Studies.

Graduate admission website:


Contact phone: (361)593-2808

Office of Student Financial Aid

Website link:


Contact phone: (361)593-3911

Academic Testing Center

You may contact the Academic Testing Center to schedule the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Contact phone: (361)593-3303


Address: 925 W. Santa Gertrudis Ave.
Robert B. Cousins Hall, Rm. 101
Kingsville, Texas 78363

Degree Plan

Click here for a PDF file of the Adult Education M. Ed. Degree Plan.  The Online Adult Education Masters Degree Program has two components:

  1. Courses (Core and Electives)
  2. Comprehensive Examinations

Please see the ADED Handbook for more detailed information about the program.

Course Descriptions

M.Ed. in Adult Education Course Descriptions

Core Courses:

5319. Methods of Adult Education. 3(3-0)

Development of the knowledge, skills and attitudes which the adult education teacher should possess.

5379. Adult Learning and Development. 3(3-0)

Research, theory, and principles of adult learning and development explored. Evaluation of adult interests and skills through a variety of strategies discussed. Application of theory presented through class projects.

5388. Introduction to Adult Education. 3(3-0)

A historical and structural overview of the adult education movement as well as a systematic examination of the role of adult education across a wide range of institutional settings.

5389. Evaluation and Measurement in Adult Education. 3(3-0)

An in-depth examination of principles of testing and measurement with particular reference to adult learners in a variety of adult education settings. Students will gain a working familiarity with the numerous testing Instruments available for adults as well as gain skill in developing teacher-made measurements.

5391. Curriculum and Program Planning in Adult Education. 3(3-0)

A review and analysis of the major theories, research findings and practices in the planning of adult education and training curricula. Appropriate practice and on-site application of concepts learned will be a major activity of this course.

5392. Adult Education Research Practicum. 3(3-0)

Principles of research are examined in the context of the literature of the field of adult education. Guided opportunities for research of current adult education or training issues of theoretical and practical concern are provided under direction of a member of the adult education faculty.

Elective Courses:

5301. Selected Topics in Adult Education. 3(3-0)

Detailed analysis and evaluation of selected topics in adult education not otherwise treated in depth in available courses. May be repeated for credit when topics differ.

5320. Community College Teaching. 3(3-0)

This course focuses specifically on teaching in the community college setting. Research, theory and principles of teaching are combined with clear application to practice. Analysis of theories of teaching and application specifically to the community college student are the central focus.

5324. Curriculum, Assessment & Eval. 3(3-0)

This course focuses on the areas of curriculum, assessment and evaluation at the community college level. Principles for the development, design and implementation of curriculum materials is included. As well, students will examine in-depth the principles of evaluation and assessment within and among programs at the community college level.

5326. Community College Administration & Leadership. 3(3-0)

This course provides an overview of various elements of leadership at the community level, with a clear understanding of the role of boards of trustees, presidents, faculty, unions, administrator, students, governing agencies and accreditation agencies. The focus is on contemporary leadership and attributes for success with clarification of the needs of the two-year institution.

5360. Instructional Materials for Adult ESL Students. 3(3-0)

A review of criteria for selection of materials to teach ESL to adult students. Principles for the development of effective ESL curriculum materials designed to meet the needs of adult ESL students.

5361. Assessment of Adult ESL. 3(3-0)

This course examines the purposes, types, and evaluations of language assessment in adult ESL programs. The topics of the test reliability, validity, and practicality will be discussed. A review of standardized and alternative methods or assessments including portfolio and participatory assessment will be included.

5370. Online Teaching Adult Learners. 3(3-0)

Research, theory and principles of adult learning and development are explored with a specific emphasis on adult learners in the online environment. Application of theory is presented and analyzed along with research findings and practices in the planning of adult education and training curricula for the online environment.

5372. Emerging Technology in Adult Education. 3(3-0)

Provides a comprehensive analysis on the role of emerging technology in transforming teaching and learning in adult and higher education. Course topics will focus on online and blended learning opportunities, personalized learning and learner-centered teaching, educational gaming, and mobile learning.

5390. Community Education. 3(3-0)

Structure, purpose, and strategies of community education as they relate to school administration and community development.

5393. Counseling Adults. 3(3-0)

Principles of education and vocational guidance and counseling to adults are reviewed, with special reference to illiterate and undereducated adults in South Texas. Supervised opportunities for practice and refinement of guidance and counseling skills are provided.

5394. Tutorial in Adult Education. 3(3-0)

Systematic research and practice in topics in adult education and/or training selected by the student in consultation with a member of the adult education faculty. May be repeated once when the topic of the tutorial study changes.

5395. Teaching English as Second Language to Adults. 3(3-0)

An intensive investigation and application of the theories, current research findings, and methods of second language acquisition of adults.

5396. Teaching Literacy and Reading Skills to Adults. 3(3-0)

Methods, materials, and techniques for teaching literacy and reading skills to adults.

5398. Bilingual Adult Education. 3(3-0)

In-depth treatment of the special learning problems encountered by illiterate, monolingual non-English speaking, and undereducated adults.

Additional Information

Contact for Questions:

Dr. Kelly Hall
Department Chair; Assistant Professor
Phone: (361) 593-4224