Master of Education: Adult, Community and Professional Education


Giving leaders in continuing education the tools they need

Carroll University’s Master of Education in Adult, Community and Professional Education (ACPE) develops knowledge, skills and dispositions to facilitate lifelong learning for adults, as a means to build capacity for community development and civic engagement. Using a participatory model of learning, candidates will understand and advocate for practices that foster respect for diversity to strengthen democracy. Candidates in this program engage in theoretical and practical application of program design, implementation and evaluation and the facilitation of adult learning, collaboration and leadership.  

This program supports candidates who seek to develop foundational knowledge and initial skills, as well as professionals ready to deepen their understanding and experience. Completion of this program prepares individuals with the qualifications and credentials to facilitate lifelong learning for adults, communities, and professionals within a diverse society. Candidates in this program have the option to:

Adult Learning Certificate (15 credits)

This five-course sequence provides students with an understanding of adults as learners. Through the certificate program, students will be prepared to effectively facilitate personal growth and development that impacts the professional, social and political aspects of adult learners in a range of collaborative, formal and informal educational settings.

Community and Civic Engagement (15 credits)

This five-course sequence focuses on civic studies, which sees the citizen as a “creative agent,” who through public work, engages with others to promote civic renewal in communities. Important strands of study include managing common resources and assets; deliberative democracy; public work and the study of public participation in development; and incorporating social science ideas as practical wisdom that lays the foundation for real solutions to community problems.