College of Education and Professional Studies

Master of Adult and Higher Education - Training

The Master of Education in Adult Education is a specialized program designed for the individual who wishes to work with adults in a variety of environments.

Training

This major provides the student with preparation to work in education, industry training, and service oriented environments. These may include public school adult programs, adult basic education, higher education and non-profit community services programs. The program is also geared to act as a springboard into similar doctoral programs at terminal degree granting institutions.

Anticipated interest groups for Adult Education - Training:

  • Business and industry trainers
  • Educational Consultants
  • External trainers and consultants
  • Career and technology students
  • Administrators of adult education programs in business, industry. churches, municipalities, military services, etc.
  • Adult education teachers and counselors
  • Adult education doctoral program
  • Higher education faculty and staff

Admission

To apply for admission into the M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education, candidates must complete an online or paper application, found online at the Jackson College of Graduate Studies webpage.  Applicants must also submit official copies of all transcripts from each college or university attended. 

To be eligible for full admission, candidates must have:

  • an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or higher OR
  • a graduate point average of 2.75 in the last 60 hours attempted OR

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be eligible for conditional admission if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 OR
  • an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.25 with five years having passed since the date of the first bachelor's degree

FAQ

WHO DO I NEED TO SEE?

  • TO BE ADMITTED: Apply to the Jackson College of Graduate Studies. For help please contact Carlie Wellington, Coordinator of Graduate Student Admissions for the College of Education & Professional Studies.
  • TO MEET GRADUATE CATALOG REQUIREMENT FOR ADVISEMENT: Dr. Frank Nelson, AE Faculty Program Advisor, 200 HES Bldg., fnelson@uco.edu, 405-974-5804
  • TO SCHEDULE REQUIRED WRITING SAMPLE DURING FIRST SEMESTER: Zhara Khalili, OCTE Dept. Secretary, 200 HES Bldg., zkhalili@uco.edu, 405-974-5741

WHAT IS THE WRITING SAMPLE?
It is a requirement for complete admission to the AE program. It should be taken before enrolling in your second semester. DO NOT wait until later in the program to complete the Writing Sample. It is used to advise you if measures need to be taken to demonstrate the level of professional writing skills expected in AE coursework and the Capstone experience. It may be scheduled between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. M-F. Students should allow 1 hours for the Writing Sample. Students may choose topics from a list, none of which require preparation before taking the test. Students will demonstrate their ability to write according to the American Psychological Association Manual, 5th Edition (or latest) which is the guide for all writing in the AE program, e.g., introductory and summary statements, commas and semi-colons, consistent use of proper pronouns and verb tense, avoidance of colloquialism, etc. Writing samples are graded several times a semester by the AE Faculty Advisor or other AE faculty and feedback is given by email before the Writing Sample becomes part of the student's records in the Graduate College. Students will receive either a "Passed", "Passed with Reservations" (which means students are advised to take advantage of help available in Thatcher Hall on writing skills, to refer to the APA Manual, to have someone proof your work, etc. ) or "Not Pass" (which means you would not be fully admitted to the AE program until writing skills have been demonstrated).

WHICH CAREERS CAN ONE GET WITH A DEGREE IN ADULT EDUCATION?
Many of our students are already in industry and want to move into training positions with their organization, or see training as part of their future career in supervision. Other students see the degree as an opening into teaching or working as a staff person in higher education (junior/community colleges and/or universities.) or as leading to a doctorate. Many see it as providing opportunities in Oklahoma's enviable Career-Tech system, or government, or non-profit organizations. The Faculty Program Advisor can help you determine if this is the best choice for you.

WHAT ARE THE CORE COURSES?
They are the five courses listed as Block A on the Plan of Study.

WHAT IS THE CAPSTONE, ADED 5893?
It should be your last course. It is recommended to be taken alone, and it cannot be taken with more than one other three credit course. Any challenges from having a semester with six credit hours or less need to be addressed prior to enrolling (e.g., Financial Aid, International Student Office). Any other courses taken at the same time as Capstone must be from Block B or C, because all other Block A courses must be completed before enrolling in Capstone. Capstone will only be offered in the Fall and Spring semesters, never during the Summer semester. Permission must be obtained before enrollment can be finalized from the Capstone professor, Dr. Karen Barnes, Professor, OCTE. You may be need to provide Dr. Kearns with a complete transcript before finalizing enrollment. (That doesn't necessarily mean an official transcript but one that has all your information.) She will check transcripts for the following, in addition to the course load requirements mentioned above: 3.0 overall G.P.A., no more than two courses or six credit hours of "C", a grade of "B" or better in Research. Students in the course are expected to demonstrate a knowledge of professional writing skills, research, the four-step lesson plan; and teaching techniques learned in other courses. Students will do a research project using a convenience sample to accommodate the accelerated schedule. This includes completing an IRB that will be approved by the Graduate College, writing a paper using the APA, 6th Edition (or latest), writing a paper based on research findings, presenting a 60 minute training session based on your research, using the 4-Step Training Plan, and participating in a poster symposium evaluated by faculty and/or alumni. Students are expected to demonstrate graduate-level work, to meet all deadlines/instructions/examples discussed in the first class, to attend all class meetings, and to demonstrate self-management to complete all projects between class sessions.

WHAT ABOUT ADVISEMENT FROM THE FACULTY PROGRAM ADIVSOR?
Students must meet with the Faculty Program Advisor, according to the Graduate Catalog. The purpose of the meeting is to make sure students get personal attention and accurate advisement from a knowledgeable person in order to avoid problems and get the schedule they need to graduate in a timely manner. Group Advisement Sessions are highly recommended and held multiple times during the first three weeks of the Fall and the Spring semesters. Flyers with times and locations are posted on the window of the AE faculty offices, second floor of the Human Environmental Sciences (HES) Bldg., west of the pond and cater corner to the Nigh University Center. Individual advisement sessions can be scheduled by appointment if students cannot meet with other majors during the group advisement sessions. Sessions usually take about 45 minutes.

WHAT ABOUT BLOCK "B" COURSES ON THE PLAN OF STUDY?
It is best to discuss Block "B" courses with the Program Faculty Advisor in the group or individually scheduled sessions. While no courses are totally on-line, most courses are offered in some type of accelerated format: weekends, IVE (televised to technology centers and/or community colleges), 8-week blocks, etc. A brief explanation of the courses, the faculty (including adjunct faculty who bring their organizational experience to the program), and the usual semester/format/time frame the courses are offered can be discussed during advisement sessions. It is recommended that students take courses from a variety of faculty to take advantage of their backgrounds from higher education, government, industry; career-tech, and health. Seven to nine different professors is a possibility and a good goal. Also, new courses may be available that are not on the printed Plan of Study yet; and you wouldn't want to miss them just because you didn't know about them in time to enroll.

WHAT IS THE STANDARD FOR ALL WRITING ASSIGNMENTS IN AE?
The American Psychological Association Manual, 5th Edition (or latest edition), which can be purchased or found in the library or online through UCONNECT.

ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?
Yes. There are Regent's Fee Waiver Scholarships. There is the Gayle Kearns Scholarship, and there is the Jessie M. Nelson (Mom's) Scholarship. All applications are available usually in Feb. and due by a specified date in March. Notices are often placed on the office window and announcements made in classes. The amounts may vary depending on contributions and interest rates; and information on qualifications and preferences are available with application forms. Graduates are encouraged to join the list of successful alumni who may make tax-deductible contributions to these scholarships through the UCO Foundation in honor of those who have encouraged them to get an education. Contributions of all sizes are appreciated, can quickly add up, and support those coming behind them in the program.

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE RESEARCH, PTE 5013?
It is recommended that Research be taken as close to Capstone as possible so research techniques will be fresh in the student's mind (e.g., semester before Capstone). There are many good research professors at UCO. Many AE students like having the course with Dr. Malinda Green who teaches the course most semesters, including summers. Students find they can often carry over the work they did for Dr. Green into the Capstone course.

WHEN ARE THE OTHER BLOCK "A", CORE COURSES, OFFERED?
They are offered every semester, one night a week. "Nature and Characteristics" is usually offered on Tues. evenings and taught by someone with a higher education background. "Teaching Techniques" is usually taught on Wed. evenings by Dee King, a trainer with the FAA. "Philosophical Foundations" is usually taught on Thursday evenings by Dr. Shari Villani, one of the full-time faculty members in AE.

WHAT ARE BLOCK "C" COURSES ON THE PLAN OF STUDY?
They are suggested electives. However, any 5000-level course may be accepted by getting approval from Dr. Nelson, the Faculty Program Advisor. And, obviously, some of the classes listed appeal to candidates with special interests and should not be taken without adequate preparation. Once again, the Faculty Program Advisor can answer any questions about your choice of electives or help waive prerequisites. Most students simply choose to get all their electives from Block B.

WHAT ABOUT PRACTICUMS, INDIVIDUAL STUDIES. SUBSTITUTIONS, ETC.?
The short answer is "no". This is a 32 credit hour master's degree. That is the minimal number of hours approved for a master's degree, which appeals to many people whose goal is to improve their employability or to go on for a doctorate. However, it doesn't allow for a lot of electives. We must follow the plan approved by the state regents. Therefore, Practicum's and Individual Studies are kept to a minimum and are available only for special cases; and substitutions are practically unknown in this program. Students need to seek advisement from the Faculty Program Advisor and do long-range planning so courses can be taken in a timely manner and so graduation is not dependent on exceptions to the approved Plan of Study.

  • How long can I take to finish my AE degree? After 6 years you loose half your credits. After 10 years you lose all your credits.
  • Who has to approve changes in my Plan of Study on file with Ms. Blaess? Dr. Nelson and Ms. Blaess.
  • If I haven't been admitted to the Graduate College yet, can I do that on-line? Yes, until the Monday of the previous semester's finals week.
  • Are there class restrictions for non-degree students? Not many.
  • What are" conditional admission requirements"? Students admitted on a conditional basis must enroll in a minimum of 8 credit hours and a maximum of 12 credit hours over a span of 3 consecutive semesters.  While on conditional admission, students cannot receive a C in any course.  To be removed from conditional admission, students must achieve an overall graduate GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Can I waive or substitute courses? NO.
  • What do I do to change from a non-degree status to degree status? Just apply on line.
  • How many hours can I take during Intercession? There will probably not be any that will count for this degree. However, the UCO limit is 5. Remember, too, that summer hours are not guaranteed, as discussed above; and there is a limit of 9 hours during the summer.
  • Can I take correspondence or workshop courses? None are likely to be offered/acceptable for this degree; but since electives in Block C are wide open as long as the Faculty Advisor approves, it is possible to have up to 6 hours correspondence and 6 hours of workshop.
  • What if this is my second Masters? Follow the guidelines in the Graduate Catalog and be sure to visit with Ms. Blaess for clarification.

WHAT ABOUT SUMMER SCHEDULES?
Students are encouraged not to count on summer schedules for graduation. Summer schedules are dependent on budgets and faculty availability. However, most summers include one or two course offerings, which can be an opportunity to advance toward graduation. But, summer schedules should definitely be viewed as an "extra" opportunity or "luxury".

SHOULD I READ THE GRADUATE CATALOG?
Yes. We are all responsible for meeting all the requirements stated in the Graduate Catalog that is in effect at the time of the student's first enrollment in graduate course work. 

WHEN SHOULD I ENROLL?
The answer is: As early as possible. Graduate students get early enrollment privileges; but with over 100 candidates in the program, some classes fill early. Some students have had to sit out a semester simply because they waited too late to enroll and can't get in the courses they need. The Faculty Program Advisor can be contacted about getting into closed sections, but there are no guarantees that can always be done.

WHAT IF I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A PARTICULAR PROFESSOR?
You should address your concerns by visiting first with the professor. Faculty members really are here to help you be successful. If no resolution is reached, the OCTE Department Chair is your next step in the communication process.

WHY ARE SOME COURSES OFFERED AT ROSE STATE COLLEGE IN MIDWEST CITY?
Many of the adult education elective courses and faculty are also part of the Regent's Adult Degree Completion Program and Leadership B.S. degree program offered by UCO on the RSC campus. The courses are offered for the convenience of RSC students and the large population of Tinker AFB employees. It is also an advantage for many students to not have to always drive to Edmond. And, for our AE students who work or live in Edmond, it is only an occasional, short 30-minute drive, if those electives are desired. Courses on the RSC campus are usually offered in eight-week blocks or weekend formats.

Can I enroll in Undergraduate sections of courses?
NO.

How many hours can I transfer in from another institution and count toward my degree in AE?
Students can transfer in 9 credit hours from an accredited institution if approved by Dr. Nelson and Ms. Blaess.

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