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Educating Adults (MA)

The Master of Arts program in Educating Adults (MAEA) is designed for people who, working formally or informally in diverse settings, support the process and practice of adults’ learning.

Grounded in key theories, current research and best practices in adult education and learning, the program provides a learning laboratory for you to build and deepen your knowledge and skills in:

  • Assessment
  • Design
  • Facilitation
  • Evaluation
  • Ongoing research

Real-World Experience

This program combines structured courses with professional activities, workshops and independent studies, culminating in a final applied project.

Program Highlights

The program provides you with the opportunity to expand your knowledge of key theories and best practices in adult learning — including the latest in instructional technology, course design, learning facilitation, Internet-based practices and emerging trends. In addition, you’ll be able to:
  • Further develop competencies as an adult educator and expand your repertoire
  • Study with other adult educators in a collaborative learning environment
  • Customize portions of your study to match your individual learning needs and goals
  • Carry out an applied project that contributes to adults’ learning in your particular area of practice
  • Receive coaching and mentoring from a team of university advisors
  • Engage in a brief/intensive series of “liberal learning” seminars designed to rekindle and/or deepen your practice in key domains of applied effectiveness (personal, interpersonal, organizational, values and inquiry).
  •  Earn an accredited graduate degree with competencies endorsed by DePaul

Program Structure

Students begin the MAEA program with a cohort of about 15 students and a faculty mentor. This cohort of students moves through the core curriculum together. The first course in the program — Developing Professional Identity (4 quarter credit hours) — is typically offered twice a year in the fall and spring quarters and taught by the faculty mentor. New students simultaneously take Finding and Managing Information (2 quarter credit hours). These two courses set the foundation for your graduate degree.

Program Length

To qualify for the MAEA, you must complete 57 quarter credit hours. The program has five components.
  • Professional Core (24 quarter credit hours)
  • Liberal Learning Seminars (18 quarter credit hours)
  • Reflective Practice (2 quarter credit hours)
  • Electives (8 quarter credit hours)
  • Applied Inquiry Project (5 quarter credit hours)

Certificate Options

The MAEA program may also be expanded to include two graduate certificates, Liberal Learning for Professionals and Educating Adults. Learn more.