The master’s in adult and community education program requires completion of at least 30 credits of graduate course work. A minimum of 18 credits must be completed in the major, supplemented in by a research course and electives from the major or related subjects. If you choose electives from the major, you are encouraged to design an area of concentration (9 credits) in either adult or community education. You must maintain a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. An exact program is designated to fit students' needs and meet degree requirements.

Courses for the master of arts in adult and community education are chosen from the following:

Core Courses (18 credits)
All of these courses are required. Course descriptions for these classes are available here.

  • * EDAC 631 Adult and Community Education (3 credits) 
  • +EDAC 632 Organizing Adult and Community Education Programs (3 credits)
    Online-only students can negotiate another course with advisor for this on-campus course. 
  • * EDAC 634 The Adult as a Learner (3 credits) 
  • * EDAC 635 Strategies for Teaching Adults (3 credits) 
  • + EDAC 638 Program Planning in Community and Adult Education (3 credits)
    Online-only students can substitute EDST 655 or EDAC 681 for this on-campus course. 
  • * EDAC 648 The Community Educator* (3 credits) 

* Online-only courses
+With advisor approval, on-site courses can be substituted with online-only courses. 

Research Requirements (3 credits)

In addition to core courses, you must either write a master's thesis or select one of the following research courses:

  • * EDPS 640 Research Methods (3 credits)        
  • EDST 660 Ethnographic Research in Education (3 credits)          
  • * EDST 697 The Grant Process and Research (3 credits)
  • THES 698 Thesis (1-6 credits)

*Offered online
+With advisor approval, on-site courses can be substituted with online-only courses. 

Elective Courses (9 credits)
In addition, you must complete 9 additional credits in adult and community education or from any other related field at Ball State. Your advisor can help you find classes that best fit your career goals.

Adult Education Courses

  • * EDAC 629 Psychology of Adult Adjustment (3 credits)
  • EDAC 655 Continuing Education For Professionals (3 credits) 
  • EDAC 699 Internship in Adult and Community Education (2-6 credits)
  • EDST 671 Evaluation of Educational Programs (3 credits)
  • EDST 680 Staff Development to Strengthen Curriculum (3 credits)

*Offered online 

Community Education Courses

  • EDAC 644 Collaborative Learning in Adult, Higher, and Community Education (3 credits) 
  • * EDAC 646 Working with Volunteers in Community Agencies (3 credits) 
  • * EDAC 681-Managing Community Education (3 credits)
  • EDAC 699 Internship in Adult and Community Education (2-6 credits)
  • EDCU 675 Evaluation of Educational Personnel to Strengthen Curriculum (3 credits)
  • * EDST 671 Evaluation of Educational Programs (3 credits)

*Offered online