Adult & Developmental Education (455F)

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Ed.S. in Higher Education: Adult & Developmental Education

  • Preference will be given to applications received by April 1. Other applications may be accepted until July 1 or when the cohort is filled.
  • Curriculum information can be found below.
  • For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Koricich (

The purpose of the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) concentration in Adult & Developmental Education (ADE) is to prepare individuals to be educational leaders in programs serving non-traditional students at two-year or four-year colleges and in adult education programs in businesses and community agencies.

Graduates are typically employed in the following types of positions:

  • vice-presidents, deans, program directors
  • directors of instructional support services
  • lead faculty in college readiness programs (basic skills and developmental education)
  • lead faculty in vocational programs
  • lead faculty in ESOL programs
  • professional developers/trainers

Particular attention is given to addressing the developmental needs of academically underprepared students. This program includes coursework in assessing adult learning needs and in planning, administering, and implementing courses, workshops, and programs for adults.

Cohort Model

Students in the Ed.S. concentration enroll as part of a cohort and take classes together over the course of the program. 

Concentration Requirements

The Ed.S. degree in Higher Education requires coursework totaling 30 credit hours. The following courses are required for the concentration in Adult & Developmental Education: The following Check sheet is for the Fall 2020 and Beyond 


The Following Requirements are for students who enrolled prior to Fall 2020:

Core (12 hours)

  • HE 6040: Readings in Postsecondary Education
  • HE 6320: Institutional Effectiveness
  • HE 6330: Organizing for Learning and Diversity
  • RES 6000: Advanced Research Methods, Design and Application

Concentration (18 hours)

  • HE 6090: Seminar in Adult and Developmental Education
  • HE 6310: Critical Issues in Adult and Developmental Education
  • HE 6370: Designing Culturally-Responsive Learning Environments
  • Designated Elective 1: HE 6350 Leading Organizational Change in Higher Education
  • Designated Elective 2: HE 6360 Organizational Analysis in Higher Education
  • Elective

Other requirements for completion of the degree include:

  • An Admission to Candidacy form needs to be submitted by the time the student has completed 12 hours of coursework.
  • Written Comprehensive Exam

Education Specialist to Doctorate Advantage

Through another of its graduate programs, App State offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership. This is a terminal degree for leaders in both K-12 and postsecondary settings. In the summer of 2014, an articulation agreement was reached between the Higher Education Graduate Program and the Educational Leadership Program. At least 24 hours from the EDS-ADE concentration will transfer into the doctoral program; for all 30 hours to transfer, EDS-ADE students need to include the following courses as electives:

  • HE 6360: Organizational Analysis in Higher Education
  • HE 6350: Leading Organizational Change in Higher Education

Also at ASU

Appalachian State University houses two centers celebrated for their contributions to national and state basic skills initiatives:

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