Master of Education Curriculum

This 52-credit graduate program combines 36 credits of required (core) courses and 16 credits of elective courses.  View Course Descriptions here.

Required Courses (36 credits)

AHE Prerequisites for Required (Core) Courses

The following required (core) courses have prerequisites you need to plan for:

AHE 571 Research and Evaluation Methods - prerequisite of AHE 501 needed prior to or permission of instructor.

AHE 580 Teaching and Instructional Design - prerequisite of AHE 577 needed prior to or permission of instructor.

AHE 588 Portfolio and Applied Research Proposal – prerequisite of all required/core courses needed prior to or permission of instructor.  Student should be in final two quarters of their program.   

AHE 501 Understanding Educational Research                                        4
IT 546 Instructional Technology and Digital Literacy 4

AHE

AHE

554

555

Foundations of Adult Education and Diversity  - OR -  

Foundations of Higher Education and Diversity (Choose either AHE 554 or AHE 555)

4
AHE 571 Research and Evaluation Methods 4
AHE 576 Leadership and Management of Educational Programs 4
AHE 577 Learning in Adulthood 4
AHE 580 Teaching and Instructional Design 4
AHE 588 Portfolio and Applied Research Proposal                                                                 4  
AHE 592 Field Experience - This course is NOT eligible for tuition waivers 4

This is a Non-Thesis program.  Students must pass AHE 588 at the end of their program to fulfill the non-thesis requirement.

Elective Courses (16 Credits)

Electives selected from the following or from other relevant courses (other courses require advisor approval).
AHE Prerequisites for Elective Courses

The following elective courses have prerequisites you need to plan for if you will be taking them:

AHE 574 Experiential Learning - prerequisite of AHE 580 needed prior to or concurrently with or permission of instructor.

AHE 586 Teaching in E-Learning and Blended Environments - prerequisite of AHE 580 prior to or permission of instructor.

AHE 518 Current Issues in Education 4
AHE 556 The Community College 4
AHE 570 Issues in Adult Literacy 4
AHE 574 Experiential Learning 4
AHE 578 Program Development 4
AHE 579 Power, Politics and Policies 4
AHE 581 Readings in Adult and Higher Education 4
AHE 584 Fund Development and Grant Writing 4
AHE 585 Organizational Change in Educational Settings 4
AHE 586 Teaching in E-Learning and Blended Environments 4
AHE 590 Global Perspectives In Education 4
AHE 691 Research Seminar 1-6

This is a Non-Thesis program.  Students must pass AHE 588 at the end of their program to fulfill the non-thesis requirement.

Non-Thesis Requirement

The Adult and Higher Education non-thesis requirement is satisfied when the student successfully completes AHE 588 Portfolio and Applied Research Proposal (4) at the end of their program.  Students may register for this course after a) completing all other required (core) courses or b) with permission from the instructor.  For details about this, check with your advisor.

Field Experience

What is a Field Experience? A field experience is an experiential learning opportunity in which each student designs and implements a learning experience of value to one's professional and academic goals. The structure of the field experience ranges from a structured internship in an organization, to a focused project such as the development of a manual or curriculum, to an in-depth experiential examination of a topic of special interest.  Like an independent study, the field experience is self-directed. The learning experience is given direction and clarity through the development of a learning contract at the outset of the field experience. Students work closely with faculty to plan the field experience which is usually done in the latter part of the program.

The field experience has several purposes:

  1. to learn about education and administration within a work setting,

  2. to augment and give depth to learning gained from coursework by applying it to an actual project,

  3. to design and implement a learning project to expand knowledge and skills in a new area, and/or

  4. to link theory and practice in order to strengthen oneself as an adult educator.

TESOL Elective Options

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Not eligible for tuition waivers.

TESOL students learn to teach English as a second language at community/technical colleges, community service organizations or overseas.  TESOL classes are available through the TESOL program.

Up to ten (10) 400 level TESOL credits may be applied as elective credits toward the AHE degree.  There is a separate advising/application process for the TESOL program; admission to the Adult and Higher Education degree does not guarantee admission to the TESOL program.

Students must apply separately to the TESOL program in addition to their AHE application to the Graduate School.  Refer to the TESOL website.  For questions, contact TESOL@wwu.edu.

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