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M.A. in Adult Education (AAE)


This degree is primarily designed to help individuals work with adult learners in a wide variety of employment settings. This master's degree program is intended for holders of a non-education baccalaureate degree who do not wish to meet teacher certification requirements in the State of Florida.  Individuals holding an education baccalaureate degree may also participate in this program if they desire employment as an educational specialist or leader in government, health care delivery, business and industry, professional associations, higher education, community action organizations, and other non-school based working environments.   

Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria:

  • Have a minimum GPA requirement of 3.00 in upper level division undergraduate study.  Applicants with GPA’s below 3.0 must submit GRE scores taken within the last 5 years (see  

  • Have goals and career plans that are related to field of adult education.

  • Obtain favorable recommendations from the Department Chairperson and the College of Education's Director for Graduate Student Academic Services (no additional action needed; department facilitates upon admission consideration).

 How to apply:

  • Apply online through graduate admissions:

  • Submit one original, sealed copy of bachelor’s and master’s (if applicable) transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions.  Previous USF graduates do not need to submit transcripts of USF coursework.

  • Submit GRE scores, if needed.

Submit the following items to the program advisor listed below.

  • Submit 2 letters of recommendation stating that the candidate has the potential to successfully complete a master's degree program.

  • Submit a goal statement indicating the perceived relationship between the applicant's career plans and the attainment of this specific master's degree program.

The admission committee MAY offer students the opportunity to begin their program as a non-degree student prior to official admission.  However, only a maximum of 12 graduate semester hours may be completed prior to official admission.  Coursework completed beyond 12 semester hours may not apply to the degree program.  Please note that completing courses as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to the program and admissions criteria and/or course requirements are subject to change.  For more information on non-degree seeking visit this site:


Program Requirements

A minimum of 36 semester hours is required for the master's degree. The majority of courses taken are at the 6000 level.  Courses at the 7000 level are advanced graduate level courses and, for the most part, are not approved to be part of the master’s degree program. This program is available in Plan III (non-certification) program.   

Recommended sequence of coursework - Students may take courses out of sequence as semester course offerings require.  Note that students must successfully complete ADE 6080 and ADE 6385 before taking ADE 6696 and the comprehensive exam.

Program of Study (non-thesis option)   
36 hours minimum
Core Requirements 
  6-7 hours

EDF 6481 Foundations of educational research (3)


EDF 6432 Foundations of measurement (3)


EDF 6XXX Psychological or Social Foundations Course (3-4)

Concentration Requirements
11-18 hours

ADE 6080 Foundations of Adult Education (4)

ADE 6385 The Adult Learner (3)

ADE 6696 Final Master’s Seminar (4) 

ADE 6161 Curriculum Construction in Adult Education (4) [recommended or choose other ADE elective]

ADE 6360 Methods of Teaching Adults (3)   [recommended or choose other ADE elective]

12-19 hours

At least one course (3 hours) must be taken outside the Adult Education department. EME 6936: application of computers in education topic course is highly recommended but courses may come from any department across the university.

ADE 6070 International Adult Education

ADE 6160 Program Management in Adult Education (3)

ADE 6197 Adult Basic Education (4)

ADE 6198 Effective Continuing Education for Professionals (3)

ADE 6280 Administration in Local Adult Education Programs (4)

ADE 6287 Supervision of Local Adult Education Programs (4)

ADE 6370 Human Resource Development (3)

ADE 6389 Adult Learning and Cognitive Styles (3)

ADE 6906 Independent Study (1-19)

ADE 6931 Selected Topics in Adult Education and HRD (1-5)

ADE 6946 Practicum in Adult Education (2-6)

Comprehensive Examination

Written exam required




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