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Adult Learning and Leadership Courses

EDACE 750. Women, Education, and Work  (3 credits)
Women have entered or re-entered the workforce at a record pace in the last two decades. In many professions, women have made significant strides in both representation and in attaining leadership positions. But are there gender differences and issues that affect women, their educational needs, and professional lives? This course examines gender from a physiological, sociological, and psychological perspective and provides opportunities to better understand and critically analyze issues that affect women.


EDACE 780. Introduction to Adult Education (3 credits)
This is a foundation course that acquaints the student with the diverse and evolving field of adult education. It provides a systematic base for further studies in adult education. The broad purpose of this course is to have students explore the scope and significance of the field and its contributions to present-day learning in society. The students should leave this course with the beginning perspective of how adult education emerged, how it is presently changing, and how it interrelates with other fields and disciplines. 


EDACE 785. Designing Classroom Instruction and Curriculum for Adult Learners (3 credits)
In this course, you will learn how to design and deliver curriculum for adult learners to enhance transfer of learning. This systematic approach will help you improve your skills in overall instructional design, including writing instructional goals and objectives, determining an appropriate context for instruction, creating formative and summative assessments, and assessing learning outcomes. You will also have an opportunity to develop or redesign a course.


EDACE 790. Characteristics of the Adult Learner (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to help the student gain increased knowledge about the characteristics of adults and how these impact learning. Students will be asked to develop a critical understanding of relevant theories, concepts, and research. Lastly, they wil develop a better understanding of themselves as an adult learner.


EDACE 818. Social Foundations (3 credits)
This course is designed for adult and continuing education students and college or university personnel in sociology and related fields dealing with adults. It is based on the premise that learning is affected by society, government, and economics. Included is an in-depth examination of the relationship between adult education and culture.


EDACE 820. Principles of Teaching Adults (3 credits)
This course will explore the theory and practice of teaching adults. Collaborative and active learning techniques will be emphasized in face-to-face and online environments. Students will examine the strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate application of a variety of methods to different adult education environments.


EDACE 830. Program Planning (3 credits)
This course includes an analysis of major approaches of program planning and development and discussion of assumptions related to successful program planning in several types of organizations. It outlines the importance of program planning and elements of a systematic planning process.


EDACE 832. Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Dynamics 
 (3 credits)
This course explores various psychological and sociological factors that impact leadership. Through examining topics like verbal and nonverbal communication, active listening, learning and presentation styles, emotional intelligence, conflict, and motivation, students gain a deeper understanding of how these factors affect their personal leadership styles and impact adults they are leading.


EDACE 834. Leading Adults in a Globalized and Diverse World  (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the foundations of adult leadership in the context of managing a culturally diverse workforce. Concepts of globalization as well as cross-cultural and international environments as they relate to adult leadership are emphasized through theory to practice projects and research.


EDACE 835. Developing Teams and Leaders  (3 credits)
This course will examine how teams and leaders can be developed using theories from psychology, sociology, and learning principles. Through this course, students will be able to analyze when it is appropriate to use these tools, their strengths, weaknesses and limitations. To complement the course readings, students will be asked to share their professional experiences with team and leader development.


EDACE 836. Group Dynamics 
 (3 credits)
This course focuses on group and team behavior and processes. Various factors that impact group behavior, processes, and effectiveness will be examined and participants will learn skills needed to more effectively manage and facilitate groups and teams of adults to achieve organizational objectives, accomplish tasks, and fulfill individual members’ needs.


EDACE 837. Quality Programs and Staff Management  (3 credits)
This course will explore some leadership and management skills critical to building a quality program. Students will identify their leadership and management skills and strengths, how to solve problems and delegate responsibility, how to deal with conflict and problem employees, how to deal with dysfunctional staff and teams, and what are some basic legal issues that need to be considered.


EDACE 839. Experiential Learning and Leadership Dynamics  
(3 credits)
Framed in the theory of experiential learning, students will apply theories and principles learned throughout the leadership dynamics program to a professional problem/setting. Students will present their experiences to a panel of academic and professional practitioners. 


EDACE 847. Adult Learning and Motivation 
(3 credits)
This course is an overview of significant learning and motivational theories and the educational implications for adult educators. Students will develop an awareness of what learning is and how it occurs, examine current and developing concepts on learning and motivation, and explore how adult learning is influenced by factors such as gender, race, and socioeconomic class. 


EDACE 880. Significant Literature of Adult Education
  (3 credits)
In this seminar course, participants will interpret and critique significant literature of adult education from current and historic perspectives. Particular attention will be given to analyzing major philosophical frameworks within adult education. Based on individual or research interests, each participant will construct an adult education proposal or paper for a conference or journal.


EDACE 886. Seminars in Adult Education  (1-18 credits)
These seminars will consider research and professional development on the special interests of the students in the several fields of education represented. 


EDACE 886. Seminar: Adult Education Research (3 credits)
This course will focus upon the fundamental principles and methods of social science research. Additionally, it will provide an opportunity for students to become critical readers of research-based literature in adult education by developing an understanding of the key aspects of quantitative, qualitative, and action-based analytical methods and research traditions. 


EDACE 886. Seminar: Grant Writing (1-18 credits)
This course introduces students to the grant development and management process. It covers the key aspects of grant development and management, and the tools and resources necessary for writing effective grant proposals. It will allow students to gain confidence in both their grant development abilities and their professional writing skills. 


EDACE 886. Seminar: Learning and the Brain: The Implications of Neuroscience for Educators  (3 credits)
This course introduces students to major concepts and issues in adult development and aging that are relevant to adult learners. Developmental psychology presumes that human beings are changing creatures. Emphasis is on how change occurs over the life span and how education and the educational environment influence this change. Students examine the practical implications of research-based findings in the field of adult development, look at classic and current contributors to adult development, and become aware of major issues and disagreements in adult development, especially as it pertains to adult education. 


EDACE 916. Foundations of Adult Education (3 credits)
This course is designed to develop a critical understanding of adult education in historical perspectives, contemporary institutions and programs, teaching-learning process, administrative practices, and conceptual roles. Prerequisite(s): Admission to a doctoral program.

EDACE 940 Adult Development Theory (3 credits)
This course introduces students to major concepts and issues in adult development and aging that are relevant to adult learners. Developmental psychology presumes that human beings are changing creatures. Emphasis is on how change occurs over the life span and how education and the educational environment influence this change. Students examine the practical implications of research-based findings in the field of adult development, look at classic and current contributors to adult development, and become aware of major issues and disagreements in adult development, especially as it pertains to adult education. 


EDACE 986. Advanced Seminars in Adult Education (1-18 credits)
These seminars will critically consider recent research in the designated fields. The emphasis will be upon individual studies and small group interaction. Enrollment is restricted to those students who have been admitted to the doctoral program in education and who have completed substantial amounts of graduate study in the designated fields.


EDACE 986. Seminar: Scholarly Writing  (3 credits)
This course enables doctoral students to develop the writing skills they need to become successful writers in their academic and post-academic careers writing for publication. Course topics focus on students' disciplines and include annotated bibliographies, critiques, and literature reviews.


EDACE 991. Internship in Adult & Occupational Education 
(1-18 credits)
Field experiences in the development of programs in cooperating schools and educational or related agencies under the supervision of College of Education graduate faculty member.


EDACE 999. Doctoral Research (1-18 credits)