M.A. in Education: Adult Education Concentration

Effective Spring 2023, we will no longer be admitting students to the Adult Education MA program. We will continue offer a selection of adult education courses as elective for students in the Equity and Social Justice MA program

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 M.A. 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 M.A. 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 M.A. 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 is currently serving as Interim Associate Dean, and is not available to serve as an advisor this academic year.

Degree Requirements

Courses and Requirements
Core Courses (12 Units) Units
ISED 706: Principles and Methods of Adult and Vocational Education (Fall) 3
ISED 707: Planning and Funding Education and Community Programs (Spring) 3
ISED 735: Seminar on the Adult Learner (Fall) 3
ISED 736: Leadership and Policy for Community and Non-Formal Education (Spring) 3
Research Methods (3 Units)  
ISED 797: Seminar in Educational Research (Fall, Spring) 3
Electives (12 Units)  
Choose from recommended courses below or other courses under advisement.  
ISED 715: Race, Class, and Gender in Education Policy (Spring) 3
ISED 716: Intersections of Race and Language in Education (Spring) 3
ISED 717: Fundamentals of Social Justice Education (Fall) 3
ISED 739: Education and Community Development: Equity and Diversity (Fall) 3
ISED 747: Culture, Language, and Society in Education (Fall) 3
ISED 748: Culture, Cognition, and Power Issues in Education 3
ISED 781: Educational Praxis: Curriculum Development and Pedagogies (Spring) 3
ISED 782: Practicum in Adult Learning (Spring) 3
Culminating Experience (3 Units)  
ISED 895: Field Study (Fall, Spring) OR 3
ISED 898: Master's Thesis (Fall, Spring)  
Total 30

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.