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University Bulletin
Graduate Degree Programs

Lifelong Learning and Adult Education (LLAED)

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ESTHER PRINS, Program Coordinator, Penn State University Park
305B Keller Building
814-865-0597

 

EDWARD TAYLOR, Coordinator of Master's and Doctoral Programs, Penn State Harrisburg
717-948-6640

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Degrees Conferred:

Ph.D., D.Ed., M.Ed., M.D./M.Ed.

 

The Graduate Faculty, University Park


The Graduate Faculty, Harrisburg


The Graduate Faculty, World Campus

 

 

The Programs

Lifelong Learning and Adult Education extends through the life span from late adolescence to advanced age and takes place in a rich diversity of organizational as well as informal settings. The purpose of the Lifelong Learning and Adult Education program is to increase the knowledge and competence of those who work with adult learners. Course work, reading assignments, research projects, internships, informal discussions, and the dissertation all provide opportunities for in-depth and challenging learning experiences. The Lifelong Learning and Adult Education program is interdisciplinary, and students are advised to take courses in supporting fields within the University.

The M.Ed. is offered through the World Campus and at Harrisburg and Univesity Park. The D.Ed. is offered at Harrisburg and University Park. The Ph.D. is offered only at University Park.

Admission Requirements (for M.Ed., D.Ed., and Ph.D.)

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

The candidate must apply to the Program via the Graduate School application for admission. Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), are required for admission. Either the GRE or MAT score is accepted for the D.Ed. and M.Ed. programs, but GRE scores are preferred. The Ph.D. program accepts only the GRE. At the discretion of a graduate program, a student may be admitted provisionally for graduate study in the program without these scores.

The best-qualified applicants will be accepted up to the number of spaces that are available for new students. Applicants with a total Verbal and Quantitative score above 302 on the GRE or 398 or above on the MAT, a junior/senior grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale), and a graduate GPA of 3.50 or above will be highly considered applications to the program. However, applicants with strong backgrounds and abilities in areas of particular interest or relevance to adult education practice may be admitted to either the doctoral programs with a baccalaureate degree only (provided the junior/senior GPA is at least 3.0), or with master's-level studies in which the graduate GPA is at least 3.2 and the GRE total score is at least 297.

A sample of student writing is required for each degree. M.Ed. applicants submit a recent writing sample, such as a term paper, report, or publication of 3000 words or more. Ph.D. and D.Ed. applicants should submit either a published article, master's paper, master's thesis, or a paper from their master's studies.

Three letters of reference are required from people who are best qualified to evaluate the applicant's ability to succeed in graduate study. These letters may be from an academic adviser, instructors who are familiar with the applican'ts academic record, a research project supervisor, an employment supervisor, or others who are able to provide a substantive evaluation of the applicant's work. Letters of recommendation must address the applicant's academic ability, motivation, and likelifhood of success in completing the program.

A statement of purpose describing the applicant's short and long range career objectives is required. This statement includes an explanation of how the proposed study of adult education relates to the stated career objectives.

Applicants who exhibit exceptional qualities without meeting all of the stated requirements for admission may be considered for provisional admission while they remove the identified deficiencies. Deficiencies must be rectified within the first two semesters of enrollment in the degree program; courses taken to remove deficiencies are considered to be prerequisites and do not earn credit toward the degree.

Admission Requirements for Joint M.D./M.Ed.

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Those who wish to apply for admission to the joint M.D./M.Ed. degree program would have to meet the admission requirements for both the M.D./M.Ed. programs. Prospective students interested in simultaneously pursuing an M.D. and M.Ed. first must apply to the Penn State College of Medicine M.D. program using the national American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application system and indicate their intent to pursue the M.D. degree at Penn State. Applicants are encouraged to identify themselves as candidates for the joint-degree program at this time. However, medical students who realize after accepting admission into Penn State's College of Medicine that they are interested in the joint M.D./M.Ed. can apply for admission to the joint degree during their first three years in the College of Medicine. Given that students will already be enrolled in the College of Medicine it will be possible for faculty to observe their academic record and counsel them on the advisability of the joint-degree.

General Master's Degree Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.

The M.Ed. program in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education consists of a required core of 12 credits in ADTED courses and 18 credits in ADTED or other electives. The 12 core ADTED credits include the following four specified courses: ADTED 460, 505, 542, and 588. Students then choose an additional 18 credits (six courses) from the following ADTED courses in consultation with their adviser: 456, 457, 470, 480, 501, 502, 506, 507, 509, 510, 531, 532, 533, 560, 575, or 581. Other courses may be substituted for these electives with the adviser's permission.

M.Ed. students are required to write a master's paper as part of the required 30 credits of course work. Students complete the master's paper while enrolled in ADTED 588 during their last semester. A minimum of 18 credits out of the 30 must be taken at the 500- or 800-level, with a minimum of 6 credits at the 500 level, and a minimum of 24 credits must be in ADTED prefix courses.

M.Ed. students must select either the general M.Ed. degree or one of the three formal options: (1) Adult Basic Education and Literacy; (2) Global and Online Distance Education; and (3) Medical and Heatlh Professions, M.Ed. students who select a formal option must adhere to the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the M.Ed. – Adult Basic Education and Literacy Option

The M.Ed. in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education – Adult Basic Education and Literacy Option consists of a required core of 12 credits in ADTED courses, 12 credits in ADTED courses required for this option, and 6 credits of ADTED or other electives. The 12 core ADTED credits include the following four specified courses: ADTED 460, 505, 542, and 588. All students in this option also take four required courses: ADTED 480, 507, 509, and 560. Students then choose an additional 6 credits (two courses) from the following ADTED courses in consultation with their adviser: ADTED 456, 457, 470, 506, 510, 531, 533, 575, or 581. Other courses may be substituted for these electives with the adviser’s permission.


Requirements for the M.Ed. – Global Online and Distance Education Option

The M.Ed. in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education – Global Online and Distance Education Option consists of a required core of 12 credits in ADTED courses, 12 credits in ADTED courses required for this option, and 6 credits of ADTED or other electives. The 12 core ADTED credits include the following four specified courses: ADTED 460, 505, 542, and 588. All students in this option also take four required courses: ADTED 470, 531, 532, and 533. Students then choose an additional 6 credits (two courses) from the following courses in consultation with their adviser: ADTED 506, ADTED 510, ADTED 575, ADTED 581, INSYS 432, or INSYS 467. Other courses may be substituted for these electives with the adviser’s permission.


Requirements for the M.Ed. – Medical and Health Professions Option

The M.Ed. in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education – Medical and Health Professions Option consists of a required core of 12 credits in ADTED courses, 9 credits in ADTED courses required for this option, and 9 credits of ADTED or other electives. The 12 core ADTED credits include the following four specified courses: ADTED 460, 505, 542, and 588. All students in this option also take three required courses: ADTED 501, 502, and 507. Students then choose at least 3 additional credits (one course) from the following ADTED courses in consultation with their adviser: ADTED 470, 510, 531, 533, 575, or 581. Other courses may be substituted for these electives with the adviser’s permission. Students may choose 6 additional credits of electives in consultation with their adviser.

Ph.D. and D.Ed. Doctoral Degree Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Ph.D. students are required to take 12 core credits in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education, 12 credits in an emphasis area that is composed of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education and supporting courses outside Lifelong Learning and Adult Education, and 18 research credits, in addition to the residency requirement, candidacy, comprehensive and final oral examinations, and continuous registration during the dissertation research. To earn the Ph.D. degree, doctoral students must also write a dissertation that is accepted by the doctoral committee, the head of the graduate program, and the Graduate School.

D.Ed. students who do not have previous experience in adult education are expected to acquire the equivalent of one year of experience in one or more fields of adult education practice prior to receiving their D.Ed. degree. All doctoral students must pass a candidacy examination, a comprehensive written and oral examination, and a final oral examination. To earn the D.Ed. degree, doctoral students must also write a dissertation that is accepted by the doctoral committee, the head of the graduate program, and the Graduate School. The candidacy examination is administered after when the student has earned a total of at least 30 credits toward the graduate degree, including the master's program and graduate work done elsewhere. During the comprehensive examination, in addition to being examined in their area of specialization, all D.Ed. students are examined in the core adult education areas. A minimum of 24 credits in coursework must be taken in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education. A minimum of 15 credits must be taken outside Lifelong Learning and Adult Education as a minor or General Studies option. A minimum of 6 research credits is required.

Students in the Ph.D. program focus on research in Globalization and Lifelong Learning selecting one emphasis area (Distance Education, Literacy for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, Comparative Lifelong Learning, or Learning in Work and Communities). Required research methods courses help students develop the background knowledge and tools to enable them to engage in original research. D.Ed. students conduct applied research with the goal of improving practice in the general adult education field.

Prerequisites for the Ph.D. Program: ADTED 460, (Introduction to Lifelong Learning and Adult Education) or its equivalent is a prerequisite for admission to the Ph.D. program. As a prerequisite, it does not count toward the requirements of the Ph.D. program although it may be completed while taking required Ph.D. courses.

Joint M.D./M.Ed. Degree Requirements

To earn the M.Ed. degree, students in the joing degree program must complete all of the degree requirements for the M.Ed. degree described above. In accordance with the Graduate Council policy on Joint Degree Programs, any nine credits from the M.D. program will meet the substitution requirement into the M.Ed., and any nine credits from the M.Ed. will be accepted into the M.D. program, from among the courses that reflect the interdisciplinary common ground between the two programs. It is to be noted that the course requirements for the joint degree are the same for students admitted to the M.Ed. in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education in the medical and Health Professions option. The requirements for the M.Ed. overall include General Adult Education Core (15 credits), Research Requirement (6 credits), and Medical School Courses (9 credits). Eighteen credits must be at the 500- or 800-level, with a minimum of seix at the 500-level. A master's paper is required that carries no course credit, but the course work facilitates the development of the master's paper. Students complete the master's paper while enrolled in ADTED 588 during their last semester. Other than the nine credits that will be accepted into the M.D. as part of the joint degree program, the remainder of the M.D. requirements are the same as for those students pursuing the M.D. only. If students accepted into the joint degree program are unable to complete the M.D. degree, they are still eligible to receive the M.Ed. degree if all the M.Ed. degree requirements have been satisfied.

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships and other forms of student aid are described in the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set forth in the Graduate Bulletin.

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

ADULT EDUCATION (ADTED) course list

 

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-06

Review Date: 04/5/2016

Faculty linked: 8/18/14

Program coordinators updated: 7/24/16