Adult Education


The Master of Science in Adult Education Program at North Carolina A&T State University is designed for graduate students who desire to become effective adult educators and change agents within local, regional, national, and international communities. Graduates are prepared to work as teachers, program developers and evaluators, or administrators in the efforts to enrich the learning capabilities of adults in educational programs in a variety of settings. These settings include, but are not limited to:

  • Community-based organizations (e.g., adult literacy, ESL, GED, Adult High School)
  • Religious Institutions
  • Corporations
  • Older adult learning environments
  • Governmental and nongovernmental agencies
  • Workforce Development
  • Cultural institutions (e.g., museums and libraries, planetariums, zoological parks, aquariums)
  • Compensatory education
  • Correctional institutions
  • Continuing and higher education institutions
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Professional and voluntary associations
  • Military

Curricular experiences emphasize the historical, philosophical, and socio-cultural foundations of adult education with a special focus on the Black Diaspora.

Goal of the Program 

The Master of Science in Adult Education program at North Carolina A&T State University aims to prepare graduate students to teach and lead effectively with the capacity to: 

  • Communicate the fundamental nature, history, function, and scope of adult education
  • Examine educational and related needs of adult learners
  • Explore and critique adult learning and development theories and apply these theories to practice
  • Design, implement, manage, and evaluate educational programs for adult learners
  • Design and conduct educational research that address educational issues of adult learners
  • Utilize philosophically grounded teaching strategies that are most appropriate for adult education contexts 

Program Accreditation and Standards 

The Adult Education program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). It also follows professional standards devised by the Commission of Professors of Adult Education.