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Adult Education Degree - Bachelor of Science

Degree Information

This program prepares you for instructional responsibilities in professional education settings, such as vocational education, adult education, and training. You will understand how continuing education and training leads to improved performance in the classroom and the workplace. You will develop an awareness of the surrounding environment and will learn to develop, enhance, and deliver curriculum effectively to meet the needs of that environment. This program is ideal for professionals teaching at the college level (community or technical colleges), people who provide vocational education, or if you wish to go into training and development positions. The program is offered in class and online. The courses in this cohort program are designed to be taken in order as listed. Their prerequisite is acceptance to the Adult Education Accelerated Degree Completion Program. You will be required to have access to a webcam for this program.

Curriculum

In order to maximize your learning experience, the prerequisites for this major are to be currently employed in a job where you can apply your learning, as well as have approximately three years of significant work experience that is relevant.

Major Requirements (40 Credit Hours)

(All courses are 4 credit hours)

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  • LA 300 Foundations for Professional Success

    This course prepares students for success in their academic and professional careers. The foundation for learning is established for professional skill development through practical experience with the University’s four essential learning outcomes - communication, problem solving, collaboration, and citizenship. Learner strengths are assessed and analytical, relational, and resilience skills are developed.
    University Syllabus

  • AEDU 301 Foundations of Continuing Education and Training

    This course will cover the underlying issues and concerns faced by adult learners. It will provide the basic knowledge and skills for students involved in adult education and/or training. AEDU 301 will also help students gain a better understanding of how continuing education and training leads to improved performance in the classroom and the workplace.
    University Syllabus

  • AEDU 311 Adult Learning Theory

    This course examines adult learning theory as it applies to factors that influence and facilitate adult participation and learning. This course also explores how differences influence learning, motivation, and curriculum development.
    University Syllabus

  • AEDU 321 Learning Styles Fundamentals

    In this course, students will examine research related to learning styles and implications for curriculum and instruction. Students will gain insights to their own learning styles and will develop an understanding of various learning styles and how they relate to their own teaching style. This course will provide educators with concepts and tools to work with a variety of student learning styles. It will help them expand their repertoires and create inclusive learning environments for their students.
    University Syllabus

  • AEDU 331 Critical Thinking and Evaluation

    This course challenges students to become more aware of their thought processes, helps them develop those processes, and helps them hone the skills necessary to engage in critical thinking behavior. Students will gain knowledge regarding their own critical thinking capabilities, as well as develop skills to help their constituents engage in critical thinking.
    University Syllabus

  • AEDU 341 Classroom Instructional Methods and Delivery

    This course will provide an overview of delivery and facilitation skills necessary when working with small and large groups. Looks at how to develop and deliver successful learning outcomes and presentations utilizing various methods and approaches.
    University Syllabus

  • AEDU 401 Electronic Instructional Methods and Delivery

    This course will provide an overview of the most recent technologies that are available to design and deliver effective learning programs for adults. It explores the benefits and limitations of various online learning techniques utilizing different online teaching instruction, and helps students determine the most appropriate applications for their forum.
    University Syllabus

  • AEDU 411 Learning Assessment and Evaluation

    In this course, students will discover more about the evaluation process. They will engage in developing learning outcomes, objectives, and will develop processes to assess and evaluate their curriculum to determine if learning objectives and outcomes have been reached.
    University Syllabus

  • AEDU 421 Instructional Design Process

    In this course, students will learn to determine the most appropriate methods necessary for designing educational/training processes to maximize the learning experiences and performance outcomes. This course focuses on assessing and improving teacher performance through instructional and non-instructional methods, utilizing active learning techniques, and engaging students both in class and online.

  • AEDU 431 Instructional Design Strategies

    In this course, students will learn how to apply the instructional design process and will integrate their ideas to develop instructional design strategies to create their own instructional methods and materials. They will also examine ways in which to assess student learning and their instructional strategies. At the completion of AEDU 421 and 431 students will have created or revamped a training or instructional program or course utilizing the process and strategies they have learned.

Kirkpatrick Signature Series Requirements (9 credit hours)

(In addition to the Major Requirements, all Bellevue University students must complete the Kirkpatrick Signature Series)

  • LA 400 American Vision and Values

    This course focuses on the political and philosophical traditions of the Western world, especially as they are found in the American vision and are embedded in the values, traditions, documents, and institutions of the United States. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours
    University Syllabus

  • LA 410 Tradition and Change

    This course examines the theories of moral absolutism and moral relativism, in light of their relationship to citizen freedoms and responsibilities. The course compares several modern economic systems, accessing their impact on citizen freedom and responsibility. It also examines the importance of fulfilling citizens’ responsibilities for the well-being of society and for the freedoms they enjoy. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours
    University Syllabus

  • LA 420 Freedom and Responsibility

    This course examines the theories of moral absolutism and moral relativism, in light of their relationship to citizen freedoms and responsibilities. The course compares several modern economic systems, accessing their impact on citizen freedom and responsibility. It also examines the importance of fulfilling citizens’ responsibilities for the well-being of society and for the freedoms they enjoy. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours
    University Syllabus

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