M.S. Ed Curriculum and Instruction - Adult Education

Degree Purpose

The purpose of the Master’s of Science in Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction is to provide extensive preparation in curriculum development, and teaching and learning strategies as part of an overall effort to improve instruction.

Program Goal

The Adult Education concentration prepares professionals to work with and teach adults in a variety of contexts and settings. A key objective in adult education is to develop programs to meet the needs of the individuals. Careful attention is paid to reviewing previous experience and analyzing and relevant educational experience.

The required coursework in the Adult Education concentration is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they will need to become competent practitioners in this field. This concentration emphasizes knowledge and skill development in four areas: technical knowledge and skills, business knowledge and skills, interpersonal knowledge and skills, and intellectual skills.

Program Requirements

The Adult Education Concentration requires 33 semester hours of coursework. In addition to the coursework, there are required complete program assessments such as LiveText, a Comprehensive Examand an electronic Professional Portfolio.


Teacher, Administrator, Curriculum Specialist, Educational Consultant in Adult Education.

Application Procedure

To apply for admission to the program, students should: contact the Graduate School Office at Chicago State University, (773) 995-2404 and request an application packet or visit here. Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended are required.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the university’s general requirements, the applicant must have: A. an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; B. a grade point average of 3.0 on a four-point grading system; C. two letters of recommendation from school administrators or supervisors.

Courses Required [33 semester hours]
Core Requirements 30 hrs
Practicum Requirements 3 hrs
Courses Required
ELCF 5010: Curriculum Development and Learning Theories 3 cr
ELCF 5320: Curriculum Development, Instructional Design, and Delivery in School and Non-School Settings 3 cr
ELCF 5390: Methods and Techniques for Teaching in Non-School Settings 3 cr
ELCF 5410: Proposal Development for Government and Private Funding 3 cr
ELCF 5620: Sociological and Cultural Foundations of Education 3 cr
ELCF 5640: Seminar in Organizational Dynamics 3 cr
ELCF 5990: Adult Learners 3 cr
ED 5312: Teaching with Technology 3 cr
ED 5960: Fundamentals of Educational Research 3 cr
ELCF 5660: Master’s Thesis 3 cr
Practicum Course
ELCF 5950: Practicum in Curriculum and Instruction**
Additional Requirements for Completion of Degree
Comprehensive Examination (24 credit hr. Prerequisite) **
Professional Portfolio

**Note: Students must complete 24 credit hours before they are allowed into this portion of the program. An application has to be completed and submitted prior to registration.

Contact: Graduate Programs in Education Department (GPED) at (773) 995-2086