MSE: Adult Education Emphasis

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The learning needs of adults are unique due to career demands, family commitments, and life experiences which affect how they learn. The MSE adult education Weekend Program, provides advanced study to develop and enhance skills in designing, delivering, and assessing educational programs for adults.

Eighteen credits within this master's degree program can be customized for the individual need of the student.  (For example, for those teaching in higher education who need 18 credits in one subject area, those credits can be incorporated into this program.)  Upon approval, up to 12 credtis may be transferred in from other institutions.

Mission

The mission of the UW-Platteville MSE program in Adult Education is to provide high quality, accessible graduate education to students seeking to serve adults in educational and human service settings.

Meets the needs of working adults across southern wisconsin and beyond

  • Flexible format and scheduling
  • Adult Education courses are offered Friday nights and Saturdays or via webcam on weekday evenings.
  • Rotation of classes in a two-year cycle
  • Students may begin in spring, summer, or fall semester, so you can enter the program when you are ready to start
  • Face to face classes are offered in a variety of locations—currently Janesville, Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, and Platteville.  Webcam courses are available to students in any location.
  • $510 per credit for in state and out of state students

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates recognize the unique characteristics of adult learners.
  2. Graduates design and implement programs appropriate for adults.
  3. Graduates evaluate the economic, social, and political characteristics of the communities and schools in which they work.
  4. Graduates critically examine significant theories and philosophical orientations relevant to their intended work settings.
  5. Graduates evaluate research literature in their areas of interest.
  6. Graduates design and conduct independent research projects.

Financial Aid

Tuition for the MSE Adult Education Weekend Program is $510 per credit. Students officially admitted into the MSE degree program and registered for at least 5 credits per semester are eligible for financial aid. For more information, visit Financial Aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed; call 608.342.1836 for an application.

Textbooks and materials

MSE Adult Education Weekend Program requires students to purchase their own books prior to the start of class.  Textbook costs are not included in tuition and fees.

Library access

As a registered UW-Platteville student, you will be eligible to use Karrmann Library resources.  Karrmann Library also has more information about off-campus users.

You may also use the libraries at UW System campuses in your area (UW-Platteville student ID may be required to check out materials).

Course Descriptions

TEACHING 7000 - Research Procedures (3 cr)
Definition of problems and issues, critical examination of the research literature, review of trends in curricula and methods, and planning of investigations including historical, descriptive (including ethnographic), and experimental.

TEACHING 7050 - Public Relations in School and Community (3 cr)
Designed primarily for school personnel and other community residents. Emphasizes the importance of designing programs around the needs and problems of the school and community; considers economic, social, political characteristics of communities; methods of assessment, communication, involvement, and conflict resolution. Includes activities and programs such as bond referenda, advisory committees, volunteers, public relations, etc.; considers organization, operation, implementation, and evaluation of school/community relations programs.

TEACHING 7130 - Improving Instructional Effectiveness (3 cr)
Connects principles of learning to teaching practices; demonstrates how theory can become practice; considers models of teaching that promote developmentally appropriate teaching and reflective thinking; characterizes teaching as a process of conscious decision making; helps teachers become more effective decision-makers.

TEACHING 7440 - Exploring Innovations in Education (3 cr)
This course is intended to provide learners with an opportunity to explore and research the impact and value of a variety of recent innovations in education. Students will examine and research information about varied teaching methods (accelerated and active learning), and how these can affect the planning and delivery of education.

TEACHING 7500 - Topics in Education (3 cr)
Examines current, critical issues on the state, national, and international levels; service course in education.

TEACHING 7540 - Program Planning for Adults (3 cr)
Examine program development concepts, approaches, and practices used for planning, conducting, and evaluating programs for adults. Analyze framework for identifying relationships among learner goals, content, format, setting, learning objectives, learning activities, and outcomes. Develop processes and procedures for identifying and addressing educational needs and interests. Analyze tools for managing financial and non-financial resources. Develop strategies for conducting formative and summative evaluation of program elements.

TEACHING 7550 - The Adult Learner (3 cr)
Examine program development concepts, approaches, and practices used for planning, conducting, and evaluating programs for adults. Analyze framework for identifying relationships among learner goals, content, format, setting, learning objectives, learning activities, and outcomes. Develop processes and procedures for identifying and addressing educational needs and interests. Analyze tools for managing financial and non-financial resources. Develop strategies for conducting formative and summative evaluation of program elements.

TEACHING 7830 - Seminar Paper or Educational Project (3 cr)
The seminar paper or educational project need not be a report of original and independent research. It must demonstrate, however, the student's ability to survey a field of knowledge and assemble, organize, evaluate, interpret, and present evidence in a logical and intelligent manner. Although the seminar paper or educational project may originate from work done in connection with one of the student's graduate courses and be based upon a term paper or course project, it must be more comprehensive and complete in coverage and treatment.  In consultation with the program advisor, the student proposes a seminar paper or educational project and a seminar paper or educational project advisor.  An approved seminar paper or educational project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to registration.  There is a website with useful links to guide the graduate student in grammar, style, evaluating web resources, and formats. The seminar paper or educational project advisor will provide guidance regarding the site. The site may be accessed through the University's Karrmann Library.

TEACHING 7880 - Graduate Practicum in Teaching (1-3 cr)
Provides a designed clinical teaching assignment for (1) graduate students meeting license requirements through an internship, or (2) qualified educators who want to meet a professional development need through a graduate residency. P: consent of the Director of the School of Education.

TEACHING 7980 - Independent Study in Teaching
The total amount of credit allowed for independent studies may not exceed three credits except with the special permission of the program coordinator and the graduate director. Approval must be secured before independent study courses are begun. Students who register for independent study must submit at or before registration, descriptions of the subjects to be covered. These descriptions must be signed by the instructor overseeing the independent study. Independent study may not be used for collecting information for seminar papers or theses.

COUNSED 7080 - Career Development and Information Services (3 cr)
In this course, students will prepare to provide career development and information services as counselors and educators.  Career development theory and practice will be examined within social, familial, cultural, and developmental contexts, and the process of career and leisure planning will be conceptualized holistically as an essential component in the lifelong pursuit of well-being.  Students will examine important resources such as career interest assessments; occupation, education, and labor market information; and information regarding variations in educational opportunities.   Career development program planning and program evaluation will be explored as students learn to support others in career and leisure decision-making through effective guidance, education, information, and counseling services.

COUNSED 7140 - Student Services in Higher Education (3 cr)
Clinical requirement for Practica in Student Services in Higher Education.  This course is an orientation to College Student Personnel.  Students will become familiar with the higher education system and the counseling needs within it.  Focus for this course will be practical application and discussion of topics relevant to the College Student personnel Counselor.
 

COUNSED 7190 - Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling and Education (3 cr)
This course will provide a broad examination of the sociocultural issues associated with living and working in a multicultural society.  Societal changes and trends, changing human roles, formation of societal subgroups, evolutions in social expectations, and historical interaction patterns will be examined.   Students will be challenged to examine their own paradigms and identify the complexities of their own cultural identity. Issues such as cultural social justice, advocacy, conflict resolution and supported cultural behaviors that promote optimal wellness and growth of the human spirit, mind, or body are examined. The role of counselor and educator in eliminating biases, prejudices, intentional and unintentional oppression, and discrimination will be emphasized.

COUNSED 7250 - Graduate Practicum in Student Services in Higher Education (1-3 cr)
This graduate-level practicum is designed for students to gain exposure to a variety of professional student services settings.  A minimum of 25 `on-site' hours per enrolled credit hour must be earned by the end of the semester.  Students are encouraged to seek exposure to a variety of institutional settings (at a minimum of three).  A variety of activities may be included:  one-on-one work, group work, classroom presentations, administrative duties, etc., etc...  Note:  you must be admitted to candidacy and clinical before enrolling in any practicum course.  P: Practicum I applicants must have passed candidacy and clinical, and completed all program core requirements.
 

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