2020-21 Catalogs

MS in Adult and Higher Education

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-six-credit hour degree may be earned entirely online although several elective courses are offered either in a blended format or on campus.

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.

Basic Core (9 credits)

EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques
HRD 600 History and Philosophy of Adult Education
HRD 631 The Adult Learner

Middle Core (9 credits required from the following)

HRD 540 Mindfulness in Adult Learning
HRD 550 Uses of Technology in Adult Learning
HRD 601 Marketing Training and Adult Education
HRD 630 Facilitating Adult Learning
HRD 633 Leadership in Adult and Higher Education
HRD 636 Planning Programs for Adult Learners
HRD 667 Action Research and Evaluation Methodologies

Field-Based Practice Courses (3 credits)

HRD 687 Internship in Adult Education and Human Resource Development
or HRD 698 Directed Study in Adult Education and Human Resource Development

Senior Course (3 credits)

HRD 649 Capstone Seminar in Adult and Higher Education

Electives (12 credits)

Students may cluster their electives into a concentration in consultation with their faculty advisor

EDU 559 Aspects of Reading for Multilingual Learners
EDU 561 Aspects of the English Language
EDU 562 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
EDU 671 Organizational Behavior
EDU 678 School Law (state director certification)
EDU 679 Evaluation and Supervision of School Personnel (state director certification)
EDU 683 School Finance (state director certification)
HCE 604 Career Development
HRD 500 College Mental Health
HRD 510 Aging and the Search for Meaning
HRD 551 Spirituality in Adult and Higher Education
HRD 554 Foundations of Academic Advising
HRD 555 Introduction to Student Affairs in Higher Education  
HRD 557 The Older Learner
HRD 615/PPM 615 Organizational Leadership
HRD 639 The Heart of Teaching
HRD 646 Global Perspectives of Adult Education and Practices
HRD 699 Independent Study

  • 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)

  • The Adult Learner (HRD 631)

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)