M.A. in Education, Adult Education Concentration

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The Master of Arts Degree in Adult Education is designed to prepare critically reflective and transformative adult education practitioners to work with adult learners from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. The MA program prepares graduate students for work in various learning contexts, including adult schools, non-profit organizations, government agencies, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and private businesses and corporations. The adult education MA program is grounded in a social justice framework which provides graduate students with strong theoretical and practical foundations to support their work in a variety of adult learning contexts and communities. Students graduate from our MA program with expertise in adult learning theories, leadership development, instructional design, program development, grant writing, and research and evaluation methods.

The Master of Arts Degree in Adult Education is a highly flexible 30-unit degree program. All graduate students are required to complete a 6-course, 18-unit education core. In addition to this education core, each graduate student also takes 12 units of elective coursework to develop a more individualized area of expertise.

Contact an Advisor

Dr. Ming-Yeh Lee | mylee@sfsu.edu

Dr. Doris Flowers | dflowers@sfsu.edu

Degree Requirements

Required Courses (12 Units)
ISED 706 Principles and Methods of Adult and Vocational Education 3
ISED 707 Planning and Funding Education and Community Programs 3
ISED 735 Seminar on the Adult Learner 3
ISED 736 Leadership and Policy for Community and Non-Formal Education 3
Research Methods (3 Units)
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3
Electives (12 Units)
  Units selected that reflect student’s individual goals. May be chosen from courses below or from other departments or colleges.
ISED 738 Critical and Postmodern Pedagogies 3
ISED 739 Education and Community Development: Equity and Diversity 3
ISED 740 Education & Globalization: Issues in Comparative and International Education 3
ISED 747 Culture, Language, and Society in Education 3
ISED 748 Culture, Cognition, and Power Issues in Education 3
ISED 781 Educational Praxis: Curriculum Development and Pedagogies 3
ISED 782 Practicum in Adult Learning 3
Culminating Experience (3 Units)
Code Title Units
ISED 895 Field Study 3
or ISED 898 Master's Thesis  

Admission to Program

Entry into the program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 units of college course work.

How to Apply

Please review the Graduate Application Procedures for Admission.


If you have questions about the admissions process please contact the ELSIT Department at 415-338-1653 or email us at elsit@sfsu.edu.