USD Course Requirements for M.A. in Educational Administration - Adult & Higher Education:

LERN AHED Master Degree Fact Sheet

Required Courses:

AHED 701: Adult-Learning Theories (3 credit hours)
Techniques of motivation, methodology, and evaluation in teaching adult classes and students.

AHED 710: Social Justice/Cultural Issues in Adult Education (3 credit hours)
Basic agencies providing education for adults. Technique and methodology applicable to teaching adult students.

AHED 752: College and University Administration (3 credit hours)
The support, governance, and administrative structure of institutions of higher education.

AHED 775: Trends & Issues in Training and Development (3 credit hours)
The field of training and development and how it has changed dramatically over recent years.

EDER 761: Research Methods in Education (3 credit hours)
This course is an introduction to the methods and skills important to becoming an informed consumer and producer of educational research, including principles of research design.  Both quantitative and qualitative research paradigms are addressed.

Elective Courses:

AHED 553: Organizational Transition Change Management (3 credit hours)
This course explores the personal side of change, the difference between change and transition, and basic change theory related to organizations.

AHED 730: Junior/Community College (3 credit hours)
An orientation to postsecondary education for students interested in working in a junior college.

AHED 735: Instructional Strategies for Adult Education (3 credit hours)
An intensive study of advanced concepts in the field of study that relate to the research, reflective processes, and applications needed by practitioners via technology.

AHED 740: Continuing Education (3 credit hours)
A study of the background, the development, and operation of continuing education programs.

AHED 765: Distributed Learning (3 credit hours)
This course explores the nature and increase of distance education initiatives in the U.S. and worldwide and examines their fundamental components. It presents the distance education system and its components, student characteristics and progress, teaching and advising, technology and media, course design and development, and administrative services and policy.

AHED 780: Advanced Instructional Design (3 credit hours)
This course delves more deeply into instructional design methods from behaviorism, cognitive psychology, and constructivism presented in earlier courses. Discussions and applications will include contemporary developments in instructional design.

AHED 792: Topics in Adult & Higher Education (3 credit hours)
Includes current topics, advanced topics and special topics. A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors. enrollments are usually of 10 or fewer students with significant one-on-one student/teacher involvement.