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Adult, Professional, and Higher Education Master’s and Certificate Programs

Reach your career goals by attaining a Masters’ Degree in Adult, Professional and Higher Education (APHE)

With an increased demand for qualified adult educators, the APHE program can help you obtain a degree intended to increase the knowledge and competence of those who work with adult learners in a variety of areas that include community-based education, workplace learning, human resources, healthcare education and higher education.

The Adult, Professional, and Higher Education program offers convenience and flexibility by being able to complete the entire program online. Courses are offered in an online (web) format for students who have additional commitments such as child and family care and/or demanding work schedules. The online (web) format follows the same rigorous curricula as on- campus options, leading to similar advancement opportunities for our graduates. The program also offers face-to-face format for those students who have the flexibility and may prefer to attend in person. The program offers rolling admissions so interested students can apply at any time and if accepted, enroll in courses any semester. In addition, the majority of our courses can be taken in any sequence, which allows you to take coursework on your preferred timeline.

The APHE program at CSU is unique in that it provides an urban perspective and experience. In addition, the master’s degree, along with the certificates are practitioner-oriented, grounded in theory. Our program provides enough flexibility in course content so you can tailor the program to specifically advance your career goals.

Time to Complete: 5 semesters taking 6 credits per semester. Students who need more time for personal and/or professional reasons have the flexibility to complete the program within a timeframe that meets their needs.

Credits: 10 courses totaling 30 credits

Cost: Current CSU Graduate tuition costs can be found on the Bursar's website.

Program Highlights

The APHE program prepares professionals who reflect our commitment to educational excellence for adults through teaching, research, and service. We are focused on leadership, social justice, and partnerships in addressing contemporary urban needs and our program’s goals reflect the college mission:


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Career Outcomes and Job Opportunities

The APHE program prepares you to work with adult learners in a variety of areas that include community-based education, workplace learning, human resources development, healthcare education, and higher education.

Adult education spans a variety of areas. Individuals may choose to work with learners who are developing basic skills in literacy or high school equivalency programs. Adult educators design and implement programs in community-based organizations such as non-profits, museums, or community recreation centers. Adult educators work in correctional facilities to help individuals develop life and employment skills. Despite the disparate nature of these positions, they have a core skill set. Educators in these areas have a strong understanding of adult learning and development theories, they understand how to utilize a variety of instructional methods that are appropriate for their content and population, and they understand how to effectively design and evaluate programs.

Students who choose the adult education specialization may pursue a career as a(n):


As the workplace becomes more complex and specialized, there is an urgent need to develop effective programs that are tailored to learners. Organizations seek individuals who are able to identify skill and knowledge gaps, able to design education programs to address these gaps, and are able to evaluate whether these programs have successful outcomes. Educational or training specialists are skilled in designing programs based on a sound theoretical understanding of why particular instructional approaches are effective. In addition, they understand organizational development and processes and this allows them to operate effectively within complex systems. Finally, they understand how to effectively manage and engage diverse groups of people.

Students who choose the professional education specialization may pursue a career as a(n):


Individuals who enjoy working in a collaborative setting and helping college students achieve their goals, should choose the higher education specialization. The higher education specialization was created for individuals who are drawn to, and have a heart for, creating inclusive campus environments for all students.

You will understand what it means to focus on “students” and study their experiences. You will become well versed in student development theory, including the student experience, and how college affects students. You will have a thorough grasp of effective management and leadership in higher education, and will gain the tools necessary to successfully navigate issues of diversity and social justice in higher education.

Students who choose the higher education specialization may pursue a career at a 4-year/2-year institution or a vocational/technical school in areas such as:


Individuals who are interested in designing and developing educational programs that are mediated by technology should choose the certificate and/or master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology. This includes educators who are engaged in online instruction in higher education, training, and development, or community-based education geared toward adult learners. Emphasis will be on adult learning theories, online learning, instructional design, and program evaluation.

Students who choose the instructional design and technology specialization may pursue a career as a(n):


Program of Study College Core (12 credits)

Research/Inquiry
Course Title Credits
EDB 601 Research in Education and Human Services 3 Credits
Educational Policy, History & Social Context (Choose One)
Course Title Credits
ALD 606 Modern Higher Education in a Changing Society 3 Credits
ALD 607 Adult Education in a Changing Society 3 Credits
Human Development
Course Title Credits
ALD 605 Adult Learning & Development Theories and Practice 3 Credits
Theory and Practice
Course Title Credits
ALD 663 Planning Programs for Adult Learners 3 Credits
Specialization Tracks

After discussing career goals with a faculty advisor, each student must take all of the courses that align with their chosen track of specialization. ALD 689 also satisfies the exit requirement (15 credits).

Adult Learning and Development Track

Course Title Credits
ALD 603 Lifespan Development 3 Credits
ALD 664 Teaching Methods for Adult Learners 3 Credits
ALD 688 Internship in Adult Learning and Development 3 Credits
ALD 689 ALD Portfolio Capstone 3 Credits
Electives - Choose one of the following (3 credits)
Course Title Credits
ALD 545 Program Evaluation 3 Credits
ALD 631 Group Dynamics for Educational Leadership 3 Credits
ALD 647 Adult Learning and Workplace Diversity 3 Credits
ALD 679 ALD in Nonprofit Organizations 3 Credits

Professional Education Track

Course Title Credits
ALD 631 Group Dynamics for Educational Leadership 3 Credits
ALD 646 Human Resources Development for Adult Educators 3 Credits
ALD 664 Teaching Methods for Adult Learners 3 Credits
ALD 689 ALD Portfolio Capstone 3 Credits
Electives - Choose one of the following (3 credits)
Course Title Credits
ALD 545 Program Evaluation 3 Credits
ALD 603 Lifespan Development 3 Credits
ALD 647 Adult Learning and Workplace Diversity 3 Credits
ALD 679 ALD in Nonprofit Organizations 3 Credits
ALD 688 Internship in Adult Learning & Development 3 Credits

Higher Education Track

Course Title Credits
ALD 653 Community Colleges in a Changing Society 3 Credits
ALD 664 Teaching Methods for Adult Learners 3 Credits
ALD 665 Student Affairs for Adult Educators 3 Credits
ALD 689 ALD Portfolio Capstone 3 Credits
Electives - Choose one of the following (3 credits)
Course Title Credits
ALD 545 Program Evaluation 3 Credits
ALD 603 Lifespan Development 3 Credits
ALD 631 Group Dynamics for Educational Leadership 3 Credits
ALD 647 Adult Learning and Workplace Diversity 3 Credits
ALD 679 ALD in Nonprofit Organizations 3 Credits
ALD 688 Internship in Adult Learning & Development 3 Credits

Instructional Design & Technology Track

Course Title Credits
ETE 555 Instructional Design 3 Credits
ALD 664 Teaching Methods for Adult Learners 3 Credits
ETE 690 Designing Online Instruction 3 Credits
ETE 691 eLearning Tools and Techniques 3 Credits
ALD 689 ALD Portfolio Capstone 3 Credits
Electives - Choose one of the following (3 credits)
Course Title Credits
ALD 545 Program Evaluation 3 Credits
ALD 631 Group Dynamics for Educational Leadership 3 Credits
ALD 645 Organizational Learning and Change 3 Credits
ALD 679 ALD in Nonprofit Organizations 3 Credits
ETE 595 Current Topics & Research in Educational Technology 3 Credits

Exit Requirements

One of the options must be selected.

If thesis is chosen, the thesis credits will be in addition to the degree total of 30 credits.

Course Title Credits
Thesis 3 credits
ALD 689 ALD Portfolio Capstone 3 Credits

Applicants must apply to Cleveland State University. Applicants need an undergraduate degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA. If their degree is older than 6 years, then the GPA minimum is 3.0.

Applicants who are outside of this requirement can do either of the following:

Interested students should fill out the Request Information form and indicate their preference for Master of Education in Adult, Professional & Higher Education.

For more information, see https://levin.csuohio.edu/casal/aphe.

For additional information, contact:

Dr. Rachel Wlodarsky
CASAL Department
Cleveland State University
College of Education and Public Affairs
2121 Euclid Avenue, Julka Hall 266
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 216.687.5424
r.wlodarsky@csuohio.edu

Learning Methodology

Students take five required core courses (15 credit hours) and complete a required capstone experience. The remaining courses are dependent on the specialization you select, thus allowing you to develop an expertise in your area of interest, totaling 30 credit hours.

This APHE master's degree program helps enhance skills in:

Coursework consists of student-centered approaches to teaching and learning. This includes collaborative learning opportunities and discussions, critical reflection, and research projects that focus on real world application of course content. Our program encourages in-depth and challenging learning environment which can be applied to one’s immediate and future work and life context.


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Faculty

Our faculty are accomplished in the field of adult education, higher education, workplace learning, and healthcare education. They have published books, have numerous articles published in top tier journals, and presented at international and national conferences.

Our scholar–practitioners are here to help you succeed by providing a supportive learning environment within the classroom setting as well as through mentoring outside the classroom. Faculty are available face-to-face and virtually to help you meet your educational and career goals through advising and mentoring experiences.

FAQs

Do I have to have a certain undergraduate degree to be accepted into program?

No, as long as you have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited university, you will be considered for admission into the program.

What can I do with this degree? What kind of job can I get?

You can work with adult learners in a variety of areas that include community-based education, workplace learning, human resources, healthcare education and higher education, for example, GED/HS equivalency instructor, instructional designer, training and development facilitator, healthcare educator, college admissions counselor or academic advisor.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

Typically, students enroll in 1-2 courses (3-6 credit hours) a semester. You can graduate from the APHE program within five semesters by taking two courses each semester. Students who need more time for personal and/or professional reasons have the flexibility to complete the program within a timeframe that meets their needs.

Does the program require a thesis?

No, however, completing a thesis is one of the exit options.

Do you offer graduate assistantships?

Yes, however, a limited number of graduate assistantships are available so students must go through an application process.

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