Adult & Developmental Education (454F)

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The App State Higher Education Program offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Higher Education, with a concentration in Adult and Developmental Education. The purpose of this concentration is to prepare individuals to teach in or administer developmental education and learning assistance programs; adult literacy, basic education, and GED programs; English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs; career-technical programs; or adult education/training programs offered by community agencies. Graduates are typically employed in the following types of positions:

  • basic skills/developmental education instructors
  • faculty in vocational/instructional programs
  • ESOL instructors
  • academic support specialists
  • tutorial coordinators
  • professional developers/trainers
  • program directors or coordinators
  • leaders in adult and developmental education


The Adult and Developmental Education concentration is offered off-campus only, through ASU's App State Online.

Current Cohorts

  • We are not currently admitting students to the Adult & Developmental Education Concentration (M.A.). 

Concentration Requirements

The M.A. degree in Higher Education requires coursework totaling 36 credit hours. The following courses are required for the concentration in Adult & Developmental Education and are available to download in our Fall 2020 and Beyond  Concentration Course Checklist (DOCX, 112 KB).


The Following Requirements are for students that have joined the program Fall 2020 and beyond:


  • HE 5380: Diversity in Higher Education 
  • HE 6861: The History and Law of American Higher Education 
  • RES 5000: Research Methods


  • HE 5090: Adult and Developmental Education (3)
  • HE 5160: Supervising and Advising in Higher Education 
  • HE 5420: Community Colleges
  • HE 5640: College Access and Student Success
  • HE 5720:  Program Development 
  • HE 5740: Learning Assistance in Higher Education 
  • HE 5860: The 21st Century College Student 
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2

Other requirements for the degree include:

  • An Admission to Candidacy form will be completed by the program faculty .
  • Written Comprehensive Exam: Student must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination during their last semester of coursework.

Applying to the Program

  • We are not currently admitting students to the Adult & Developmental Education Concentration (M.A.). 

*See specific application deadlines for distance education cohorts.

To read about criteria for admission, click here.

To start an application, click here.

For More Information

  • Graduate Bulletin 
  • For information about program scholarships and graduate assistantships, click here.
  • For information about the M.A. program, contact Dr. Stacey Garrett, Program Director at or 828-262-3112.
  • For information about the Ed.S. and Graduate Certificate programs, Contact Dr. Krista Wojdak at or(828) 262-6052.
  • For information about ASU's App State Online cohorts, contact or 828-262-3113.