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Twin Cities Campus

Adult Education M.Ed.

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, 206 Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-1006; fax: 612-624-3377)
Email: olpd@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 34
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Education
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The graduate program in adult education (AdEd), is a specialized academic area of the Human Resource Development program in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. AdEd graduate programs prepare individuals to work with adults in a variety of roles, such as program developers, teachers, advisers, administrators, and managers in a variety of formal and informal settings, such as educational institutions, business and industry, community agencies, healthcare organizations, continuing and professional education, and adult basic education.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 2.80.
Special Application Requirements:
When applying online, applicants should complete Statements #1 & 2 (Statement #1 should indicate if student is in a special cohort). Filling out statement #3 optional. Applicants must also submit a résumé and personal statement (limit two pages) describing career goals and rationale for interest in the M.Ed. program. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's potential are also required. Admissions are done on a rolling basis with the following deadlines: March 1 (Summer), July 1 (Fall), November 1 (Spring).
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 24 major credits and 10 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Required Courses
Students must complete at least 34 credits, including the following courses: OLPD 5296: Field Experience in Adult Education (3 credits are required and no more than 6 credits may be applied toward the program)
OLPD 5201 - Strategies for Teaching Adults (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5202 - Perspectives of Adult Learning and Development (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5204 - Designing the Adult Education Program (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5296 - Field Experience in Adult Education (1.0-6.0 cr)
OLPD 5607 - Organization Development (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5801 - Survey: Human Resource Development and Adult Education (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5819 - Evaluating and Using Research in Organizations and Education (3.0 cr)
One additional 3 credit Adult Education course with adviser approval
Up to 10 credits of electives courses with adviser approval to equal the 34 credits needed for this program. The appropriate elective courses may vary depending on whether the student is also pursuing a license as reflected by their optional sub-plan.
Note on OLPD 5296 Field Experience in Adult Education: 3 credits are required and no more than 6 credits may be applied toward the program.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Adult Basic and Continuing Education
This sub-plan reflects students who are also pursuing licensure in addition to the degree. For the purposes of the the MEd, the course requirements are the same as described above, but participation in this sub-plan will influence which elective courses an advisor may approve to equal the 34 credits needed for this program.
Rochester
All sub-plans have the same curriculum requirements. New students are not being admitted to this sub-plan. Courses may be taken on the Twin Cities campus.
 
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OLPD 5201 - Strategies for Teaching Adults
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Psychological theories of adult learning; learning styles and personality types; teaching styles; group and team learning; moderating and study circles; teaching technologies and distance learning; gender, race, and cultural communication. Applications of strategies. prereq: Grad student only
OLPD 5202 - Perspectives of Adult Learning and Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
Emphasis on major adult development theorists, theories, and current applications. Transformative learning, self-directed learning, experiential learning, and cooperative learning provide theoretical framework for exploring physiological, psychological, sociological, and cultural aspects of adult development through the life span.
OLPD 5204 - Designing the Adult Education Program
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Designing and implementing educational programs for adults. Application of concepts, theories, and models in different adult learning situations.
OLPD 5296 - Field Experience in Adult Education
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised fieldwork and practice. Presentations and evaluations of adult education practices.
OLPD 5607 - Organization Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to major concepts, skills, and techniques for organization development/change. prereq: Grad student only
OLPD 5801 - Survey: Human Resource Development and Adult Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of fields of human resource development and adult education. Societal context, theories, processes, definitions, philosophies, goals, sponsoring agencies, professional roles, participants, and resources. Unique characteristics and ways fields overlap and enhance one another. prereq: Grad student only
OLPD 5819 - Evaluating and Using Research in Organizations and Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Role of educational research in professional practice. Problems of practice for research. Alternative modes of research. Synthesis/application of results of research. prereq: Grad student