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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adult and Higher Education, Non-Thesis, MEd

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Department of Health and Community Studies, Woodring College of Education

Graduate Faculty

Cuban, Sondra, PhD
Goto, Stanford, PhD
Dagnon, Paula, PhD

Program Director: Dr. Sondra Cuban, Miller Hall 417D, 360-650-2977,

Program Information

The Master’s in Adult and Higher Education program is designed for those who desire to teach, consult, or administer education programs, materials and policies targeted to diverse adult populations. The Adult and Higher Education curriculum links theories to practice, policies, research and evaluation. It prepares students for competency and knowledge in the areas of instructional technology, e-learning, research methods, teaching methodologies, adult literacy, diversity issues, curriculum development, leadership and management, policy issues, assessment and evaluation, adult learning, and program development. Graduates will work in settings such as community/technical colleges, universities, government agencies, non-profit organizations and business and industry.

The 52-credit course work is offered through a blended (hybrid) format (with some course sessions on the main campus in Bellingham).

The program is designed for working adults. Completion time for the program is designed for two years on a part-time basis.

Students may choose all of their elective credits from the AHE degree or apply up to ten credits of 400 level TESOL coursework toward the AHE degree.

For more information see the Adult and Higher Education website at:


The program prepares both entry-level and advanced practitioners as teachers, trainers, educators, policy-makers, consultants, administrators in diverse educational, human resource, business, and healthcare settings for adults. The approach emphasizes a social justice and a progressive approach to the adult and higher education field; academic, critical, and digital literacies; inquiry-based learning with action research; and issues of identity, reflection, and diversity.

Application Information

Admit Quarters: Fall and spring quarters

Deadline: Application deadlines are June 1 and February 1

Supporting Materials:

Applicants must meet the requirements of the Graduate School in addition to the following departmental requirements:

  • The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is preferred or the Graduate Record Exam, General Test; test scores are not required if an applicant holds an advanced degree from an accredited college or university
  • Three current references
  • A current résumé
  • Two-page statement which addresses relevant experiences, interests, learning objectives, and career goals
  • Access to computer, necessary software, and computer competence are required
  • Signed Essential Functions for AHE form
  • An interview may be requested

Please collect all application materials and submit them through Western’s Graduate School online application.

Program Requirements (52 credits)

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