Master of Education in Adult Education
The Master of Education program at Yorkville University is designed for students holding a bachelor’s or first professional degree from varied academic backgrounds. The program provides students with courses and activities intended to prepare them professionally for the specialized field of adult education. Those already involved in the field will be able to extend their practical knowledge and skills.
The major focus of the adult education specialization is to prepare students for professional practice in a variety of instructional and administrative roles in the private and public post-secondary (higher) education sector, including:
- Vocational schools
- Adult and second language schools
The Master of Education program also applies to those who are seeking positions within training departments in corporate, public safety, non-profit, health care and government sectors.
Few undergraduate degrees are offered in North America in Adult Education. Most adult educators come to the field through their interest in a variety of settings including the workplace, the home, and the community; or through being promoted into a position that involves teaching or facilitating responsibilities. Many have no formal background in education studies, although most have practical experience working with adult students. The courses in the Master of Education in Adult Education are designed to provide foundational knowledge, skills and strategies, and to help students draw on their practical knowledge through critical reflection on their life experiences.
The entire program is completed online; no residency component is required which means students do not have to travel to New Brunswick in order to complete the program. Students must complete ten courses and a major capstone project, which can be a major academic report or a practicum. Students may complete the entire program within six academic terms or 24 months of consecutive study.
Yorkville University has been designated under the Degree Granting Act to offer the degree of Master of Education (Adult Education). Students enrolling in the program are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and degree will respond to their needs and, as such, be acceptable to their potential employers, professional licensing bodies, and other educational institutions.