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  The Graduate School of Education 2019-2021 Master of Education (Ed.M.) Programs with No State Certification Programs in the Department of Learning and Teaching Ed.M. in Adult and Continuing Education  

Ed.M. in Adult and Continuing Education


Coordinator: Alisa Belzer (848-932-0778; email: alisa.belzer@gse.rutgers.edu)

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Program Objective

Graduates of this program will have a conceptual and practical understanding of learning in adulthood, including an appreciation for the needs of diverse adult learners in a range of learning and organizational contexts. Additionally, graduates will learn how to be effective learning facilitators and change agents who can build and sustain a learning organization and lead change efforts informed by organizational and learner data. Finally, they will be able to apply their knowledge of the adult learner to the design, implementation, and evaluation of a training designed to improve organizational performance through the development of learning solutions.

Program Outcomes


Students will:

  • know the historical, philosophical, theoretical, and social roots of the field of adult education;
  • understand the learning needs and characteristics of diverse adult learners;
  • be able to plan, design, implement, and evaluate learning opportunities that are appropriate for adult learners in a variety of contexts;
  • have the leadership skills to build and sustain a learning organization and guide organizational change efforts; and
  • understand how to use data to inform planning and change initiatives.

Program Description

The Ed.M. program for adult and continuing education is designed for individuals working in educational, nonprofit, community-based, health care, and corporate settings who wish to develop the knowledge and skills for designing, implementing, assessing, and evaluating learning experiences in formal and informal settings for adults.

The 30-credit program is designed to develop conceptual and practical understanding of the adult learner, how to plan classes and programs that are best suited to meet the needs of adult learners, and how to create learning contexts that can encourage sustained learning and productive change in a variety of context in which adults learn.

Core Course Requirements (21 credits)

Foundational Courses (9 credits)

15:233:542 Introduction to Adult and Continuing Education (3)

15:233:543 Understanding the Adult Learner (3)

15:233:544 Learning and Teaching for Adults in Global Contexts (3)

Application Courses (12 credits)

38:578:543 Organizational Leadership and Change Management (3)

38:578:544 Creating and Sustaining a Learning Organization (3)

15:233:569 Designing Training for Adults (3)

15:233:570 Applied Research in Adult Education: Planning, Assessing, and Evaluating Programs for Adults (3)

Areas of Specialization (9 credits)

Students may develop their skills and deepen their knowledge in one of four specialization areas by taking all 9 elective credits in one of the following areas or may take 9 credits of electives with no specialization.

Adult ESL and Literacy

15:233:563 ESL, Low Literacy, and the Adult Learner: Mapping the Field (3)

15:233:564 Effective Reading and Writing Instruction for Adult Basic Education Students (3)

15:233:565 Effective Reading and Writing Instruction for GED and Developmental College Students (3)

Educational Technology

15:255:503 Introduction to Teaching with Digital Tools (3)

15:255:504 Web-Based Multimedia Design for Educators (3)

15:255:506 Developing a Digital eLearning Environment (3)

Higher Education

15:233:566 Fundamentals of College Teaching (3)

15:233:567 College Course Design for Adults (3)

15:233:580 Feedback and Assessment in Higher Education (3)

Human Resources Development

15:233:560 Foundations of Human Resources Development (3)

15:233:561 Career and Workforce Development (3)

15:233:562 Human Resources Development: Profession and Practice (3)

Capstone Project

In addition to completing all course requirements, students are also required to complete a capstone project that demonstrates their ability to plan, design, and implement a significant adult learning opportunity specific to their area of specialty. The capstone will be part of course assignments in the final two courses of the program.

Hybrid Option

Students in the hybrid program must take at least one, on-campus, face-to-face class as an elective. All face-to-face classes selected must be approved by the program coordinator.

 
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