Professional Studies Programs

Graduate Professional Studies Programs

Master of Science (M.S.):

This concentration equips graduates with the ability to analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate curricula for the education and training of adults in diverse learning situations. Both theoretical and practical aspects of adult learning, the instructional design process, teaching strategies, and educational evaluation are explored to provide a comprehensive program useful in designing instruction at multiple levels including community, post-secondary, workplace, or government applications. Graduates will possess the ability to analyze a client's needs, design a contextually relevant program, develop materials unique and appropriate to a client's needs, assist in implementing curricula, and evaluate program effectiveness. 

This concentration prepares graduates for the instructional technology profession whether as teachers, trainers, instructional designers/training specialists, instructional media specialists, and other human services professionals. Graduates will be able to analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate curricula and instructional technologies for education and training in diverse learning situations. There is demand for these graduates in educational institutions, business and industrial organizations, the military, health care and human services. A recent Internet search for instructional technology related jobs using the a single specialized Job Search Engine shows 4,095 current openings in Instructional Technology jobs in the United States.

 Recent research shows that those who desire to bring competent leaders into their organizations are confronted with a lack of skillful candidates who can adapt to environmental change, interpret complex patterns, make sense of ill-structured problems, and appreciate the impact of cultural and social forces on organizations. This concentration is designed for professionals to develop leadership competencies and dispositions that can be applied in a variety of settings and situations. The MSADE degree with a concentration in Leadership Studies emphasizes the development of 21st century leadership. It focuses on developing leaders who are globally-minded, proficient in technology, and who can apply and generate knowledge from real-world situations. The Leadership Studies concentration is designed for professionals who desire to develop leadership competencies and dispositions that can be applied in a variety of settings and situations, including private, non-profit, public, military, and healthcare industries.
 Whether you're intersted in traveling the world instructing others who wish to learn English as a second language or teaching other world languages to non-native speakers, our skilled faculty is excited to help you develop the professional skills and academic competencies required for second language instruction. 

Adult Education Certificates:

This certificate focuses on the unique aspects of adult learning and how these traits impact curriculum and instructional design for adult learners. Once you've earned you CID certificate, you'll also be able to identify methods of evaluating adult education programs. 

This certificate focuses on the unique aspects of adult education in terms of development, learning theory and/or historical foundations using state-of-the-are technologies and innovative strategies in adult education curricula. Once you've completed this certificate program, you'll know how to develop curricula in systematic and practical ways to create effective, efficient and appealing instruction in any content area and with any medium, including live instruction. 

This certificate focuses on how to develop and implement an organizational vision and the development/implementation of short, long, emergency and strategic plans. With this certificate, you'll gain an understanding of how organizations function and demonstrate an ability to utilize this knowledge with a wide variety of organizational stakeholders. You'll also walk away with new ideas about personal development and personnel processes that help build support for organizational change and progress. 

This certificate focuses on how to develop an understanding of workforce development policies and systems in the United States, and will also develop your skills in the development, management and evaluation of programs for adult education. Upon receiving this certificate, you'll understand the needs, characteristics and learning styles of the U.S. labor force, and you'll develop skills in collection, analysis, and interpretation of labor market data and trends as well as an understanding of business models and concepts. 

What Can You Do with a Graduate Degree in Professional Studies?


- Administrators in higher education
- Corporate/industrial trainers
- Curriculum designer
- Evaluators in Adult Education programs
- Instructional designers
- Instructors in Adult Education programs
- IT and computer training manager/coordinator
- Multimedia developer
- Policy makers for governmental agencies, colleges, and public school systems
- Student affairs programs in colleges and technical schools

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