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Adult Education Specialization Master of Science in Higher Education

School of Education


Total program credits needed for graduation: 48

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses

12 Required Courses, 48 quarter credits

ED5010 Foundations of Master’s Studies in Education 4 quarter credits
ED5006 Survey of Research Methodology 4 quarter credits
ED5012* Overview of Higher Education 4 quarter credits
ED5016 Foundations of Higher Education Assessment and Evaluation 4 quarter credits

Specialization Courses

ED5317* Foundations of Adult Education 4 quarter credits
ED5340* Theories and Principles of Adult Learning 4 quarter credits
ED5342 Multicultural Perspectives in Adult Education 4 quarter credits
ED5344* Strategies and Best Practices for Teaching and Learning 4 quarter credits
ED5346* Assessment of Learning and Teaching in Adult Education 4 quarter credits
ED5348* Adult Education Program Development 4 quarter credits
ED5390* Adult Education Capstone 4 quarter credits

In addition, choose one of the following:

ED7713 Student Advising and Retention 4 quarter credits
ED7716 Faculty Leadership 4 quarter credits
ED8601 Online Course Design, Facilitation, and Assessment 4 quarter credits

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

This specialization does not lead to license, endorsement, or other professional credential. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website ( Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement. 

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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Whether you're completing additional credits for your own education, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.

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