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Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Adult Education Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 16 months Credit Hours: 45 Tuition: $16,605* *Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Program Overview


The Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Adult Education online program from Southern Oregon University prepares you to create, support, and lead learning experiences for adult audiences in higher education or workplace settings.

This accelerated program, delivered in an online format, is ideal for working professionals in corporate, nonprofit and educational environments. You will study models of professional ethics and leadership, strategies for engaging adult learners, creativity in the workplace, and various principles and theories of adult learner development.

Coursework in the Adult Education Concentration has been carefully designed to prepare you for a broad range of roles in a community college, corporate training, instructional design, professional development, higher education student affairs, and more. By maintaining close connections with regional organizations and employers, SOU ensures that the curriculum stays relevant and aligned with current needs and opportunities in schools and the workplace.

In the MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education online program, you will:

  • apply theories of adult learning to the workplace and higher education,
  • design strategies to engage adult learners,
  • develop strategies to foster creativity and innovation, and
  • gain an understanding of people, motivation, group dynamics, communication, leadership, power, politics, diversity, and other organizational factors in any workplace.

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Adult Education online, you must complete 11 courses for a total of 45 credit hours. All courses are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education online courses, view courses.

Admissions

As an applicant for the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Adult Education online degree program, you must hold a baccalaureate degree in any discipline from an accredited institution, with transcripts verifying a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. A GPA below 3.0 requires a review of relevant work experience. No GRE or teaching license is required to enter the program.

To learn more about our MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

As a student in the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Adult Education online degree program, you can pay for each course as you enroll. There is a $60 application fee and a $75 graduation fee. Costs are the same for students in Oregon or from outside the state.

To learn more about our MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Adult Education online degree program is convenient and accessible. Before starting, you should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes, and pay tuition to begin on your desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education online, view calendar.

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Courses


The Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Adult Education online curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (45 credit hours), including 29 credit hours of core courses and 16 credit hours of Concentration courses.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores issues in education and the context in which they exist. Examines, analyzes and applies concepts in professional ethics and policies, foundational philosophies, research, leadership, and contemporary issues within their focused area of education. Learners will engage in a comprehensive review of research materials available for advanced studies in education. The intent of this course is to guide graduate learners in exploring the purpose of research, to answer questions and acquire new knowledge, thereby making important and valuable contributions to the various fields within the discipline of education.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips learners with the necessary skills to become critical consumers of research related to their work. Learners will be introduced to a variety of research approaches common to the field of education. Learners will be able to evaluate, and interpret qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and action research.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Focuses on the development of culturally responsive discourse and practices in the workplace. Explores how cultural perspectives, experiences and histories shape individuals who work and learn together as members of groups. Diversity in the work environment promotes acceptance, respect, and teamwork despite differences in race, identity, gender, age, ability, class, language, religion, or communication styles. Students will develop the self-awareness and cross-cultural competence to promote positive and productive relationships in diverse contexts. They will learn to lead and collaborate effectively, to interact thoughtfully, to address barriers of bias, discrimination, and inequity, and to champion inclusive strategies that engage and integrate people of different identities, backgrounds, and worldviews.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Translate learning theory, innovative curricular design and 21st century skills into instructional decisions and practice. Engages learners in applying 21st century knowledge and skills to instructional decisions and practices. Introduces learners to learning theory and innovative curricular design. Challenges learners to perform a comprehensive examination of the processes, content, and assessments related to the spectrum of curriculum areas to their professional arena.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Focuses on exploring professional ethics and decision-making by looking at contemporary practices, policies, principles and issues within a variety of settings in education. Examines ethical dimensions of leadership through both traditional and nontraditional paradigms. Students reflect on personal ethical stances, examine the influence of ethics and values on decision-making, and analyze and critique ethical issues in a variety of contexts to frame professional ethical perspectives. Provides MEd students with information on the thesis/project process and proposal format and enables them to develop and refine ideas for potential research.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Learners will be guided through the development of their Master’s proposal, including the IRB process. Provides learners the opportunities to practice research and professional writing skills specific to their area of concentration. May not be repeated for additional credit.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

This course is the last required class in the MSEd program where students complete the Master's project based on their approved research proposal completed in ED 531. Master's project must follow the corresponding student handbook, demonstrate evidence of scholarly study, writing, leadership, and contribute to the field of education.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Examines the history and practice of adult learning in today’s world. Relates the research, theory, and practice of cognition and learning; humanistic psychology; and adult learning to the workplace and higher education, with an emphasis on critical thinking and critical perspectives.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips learners with the pedagogy and andragogy to develop effective strategies to engage adult learners. Topics include: theory into action; effective adult teaching characteristics; learning interventions to support adult learners: self-directed, active/project-based, problem-based, experiential, and collaborative learning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Addresses the challenges of incorporating creativity into the workplace and higher education both as an issue of personal creative development and as a leadership issue related to nurturing creativity and innovation in others. Offers an opportunity to acquire and practice multiple strategies for fostering creativity and innovation in oneself and in others.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores how learning occurs within organizations and characteristics of effective professional learning. Examines standards, models and conditions for implementing and sustaining learning within and across organizations. Explores learning designs that reflect adult learning theory, incorporate stakeholder voice and choice, and support continued growth as individuals advance along the career span. Topics covered from theoretical and practical perspectives include understanding people, motivation, group dynamics, communication, leadership, power, politics, conflict, diversity, culture, decision making, change and organizational structure.

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Admissions


It's time to begin! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Adult Education online program, along with information on required documents.

MSEd Online Admission Requirements

  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited institution and transcripts verifying a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are granted admission status into the MSEd online degree program.
  • Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be granted admission following a review of relevant work experience.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previous educational institutions attended.
  • No GRE or teaching license is required to enter the program.
  • International student applicants interested in enrolling in the SOU online MSEd program should contact the Office of International Programs for information related to international admissions and visa restrictions. Contact the Office of International Programs by emailing intprogs@sou.edu.
    • Southern Oregon University considers you an international student if you are NOT a:
      • U.S. citizen or national;
      • U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen.
    • Graduate Admission Requirements for International Students:
      • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized university in that country.
      • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, documents must be official and include an English translation. Applicants are required to have documents mailed to SOU in a sealed envelope from the school, which have not been opened. SOU will not accept scans, faxes, photocopies, or already opened documents.
      • If English is not your native language, you will need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
      • You do not need to submit a score if you earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. college/university or completed your education in a native English-speaking country.

Submit your transcripts electronically or send them by mail to:

SOU Admissions Department
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

Have a question? Call us at 800-490-7974.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Adult Education online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 4-Credit Hour Per Program
MSEd with a Concentration in Adult Education $369* $1,476* $16,605*

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Note: You will be charged a $75 graduation fee. Proctoring fees, if required, are not included.

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Calendar


The Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Adult Education online program is structured for working professionals, and conveniently features multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that’s best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall Sept. 30, 2019 Sept. 16, 2019 Sept. 23, 2019 Sept. 25, 2019 Sept. 27, 2019 Nov. 17, 2019
Winter Jan. 6, 2020 Dec. 23, 2019 Dec. 30, 2019 Jan. 1, 2020 Jan. 3, 2020 Feb. 23, 2020
Spring Mar. 30, 2020 Mar. 16, 2020 Mar. 23, 2020 Mar. 25, 2020 Mar. 27, 2020 May 17, 2020
Summer I June 15, 2020 June 1, 2020 June 8, 2020 June 10, 2020 June 12, 2020 Aug. 2, 2020
Summer II Aug. 3, 2020 July 20, 2020 July 27, 2020 July 29, 2020 July 31, 2020 Sept. 20, 2020
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