Master of Education in Adult, Community and Professional Education

Learning can occur anywhere, which means teachers are everywhere. Carroll University’s Master of Education in Adult, Community and Professional Education degree recognizes that teaching happens throughout life, and will prepare you for any number of roles in which leadership and education skills are critical.

This program seeks to develop leaders, in the workplace and in the community. It is ideally suited for you if you’re a professional in management, human resources, training, civic engagement, advocacy, or other positions where you deal with and lead other adults. Our Master of Education in Adult, Community and Professional Education (ACPE) will provide you with the most current information on theory, research and practice. You’ll explore adult education issues related to learning, curriculum planning, evaluation and administration while researching and completing projects relevant to a variety of professional, civic and educational settings.

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About the Program

The program offers two certificates, one in Adult Learning and one in Community and Civic Engagement. Combine both to earn a master’s degree in as little as five semesters!

Through real-world practical experiences, you’ll learn how to design, implement and evaluate educational programs and activities that facilitate adult learning, collaboration and leadership. You’ll become an advocate for practices that foster respect for diversity, expand civic engagement and strengthen our democracy. As a capstone project, you’ll research and propose a solution to a real-world issue in your own field.

This program supports students who seek to develop foundational knowledge and initial skills, as well as professionals ready to deepen their understanding and experience. You’ll have the option to:

  1. Obtain a certificate in Adult Learning (15 credits)
  2. Obtain a certificate in Civic and Community Engagement (15 credits)
  3. Complete both certificates which results in an M.Ed in adult, community and professional education (30 credits)

Adult Learning Certificate (15 credits)

This five-course sequence provides students with an understanding of adults as learners.

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.


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Value-added Hybrid Format

Classes in Carroll’s Adult, Community and Professional Education program are offered in a hybrid format, combining the convenience of online learning with the personal attention found only in a classroom setting. Saturday classes, held just once or twice monthly, provide the opportunity to get to know your classmates, cultivate teamwork and leadership skills, develop a working relationship with faculty and add to your professional network. The remainder of your coursework can be completed online — providing the flexibility you need as a working professional.

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Application Information

Applicants begin the admission process by completing a Carroll University Graduate Studies Application and submitting a professional résumé. The application, résumé and official transcripts of all previous post-secondary coursework should be submitted to the Carroll University Graduate Admission Office.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the M.Ed. program must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). Admission decisions are made when applications are complete.

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