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B.S. in Adult & Community Education

Minor in Adult & Community Education

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B.S. in Adult & Community Education

In our ACE program you'll learn to ...

• Enrich the lives of others through education no matter what their stage of life;
• Use your skills to help adults recapture the joy of learning;
• Design educational experiences and programs;
• Develop, fund, manage and evaluate educational programs.

Adult & Community Educators create positive change in their communities by ...

• Discovering the needs of their community and the individuals within the community;
• Designing educational programming that meets community and individual needs;
• Leading organizations that make a difference in communities through educational programs.

It has also been shown that Adult & Community Educators ...

• Make up 40% of American higher education students;
• Return to higher education to increase job skills and to vaciliate a change in their careers;
• Bring a valuable perspective to the classroom;
• Do as well in the classroom as traditional-aged students.



Major in Adult & Community Education ... 43 semester hours

PSY 1879G -- Introductory Psychology (3)
An integrated overview of the research methods, major themes, and content domains in psychology, including topics in the biological, cognitive, developmental, social/personality, and mental/physical health domains.


ACE 2000 -- Introduction to ACE (3)
Introduction to the field of adult and community education, emphasizing foundations of the field, career paths, and necessary professional skills.

ACE 2200 -- Learning Principles for ACE (3)
Introduction to major learning principles and their application in adult and community education programs.

ACE 2400 -- Instructional Technology in ACE (3)
Effective and efficient use of technology in adult and community education, including face-to-face, online, and management applications.

EDF 2555G -- Education in a Diverse Society (3)
How schooling is shaped by and ought to respond to the social contexts in which it occurs, particularly multicultural, multilingual, and global contexts.


ACE 3000 -- Instructional Strategies in ACE (3)
Introduction to an array of instructional approaches, strategies, and techniques that can be used in adult and community education settings.

ACE 3200 -- Curriculum & Program Design in ACE (3)
Designing programs and curricula to meet educational needs in adult and community education settings, including program, workshop, and session design.

ACE 3400 -- Assessment of Learning in ACE (3)
Development and use of a range of assessment strategies in adult and community education, including informal, formal, diagnostic, formative, and summative techniques.

ACE 3600 -- Practicum in ACE (3)
Initial field experience in adult and community education, emphasizing application of learning principles, technology, instructional strategies, and curriculum development in a specified educational experience.


ACE 4000 -- Organization & Leadership in ACE (3)
Leadership practices, organizational development, and management of adult and community education programs.

ACE 4200 -- Needs Assessment, Grant Writing & Program Evaluation in ACE (3)
Application of appropriate research, data analysis, and reporting techniques to determine needs for, and assess impact of, programming in adult and community education settings.

EDF 4550 -- Critical Focus on Education (3)
Integrative reading, writing, and reflection on critical issues in education, using theory as a guide to effective practice.

ACE 4400 -- Internship I ... Education Focus (3)
Focuses on curriculum design, delivery, and assessment in a specified adult or community education setting. 120 hours of fieldwork required.

ACE 4450 -- Internship II ... Leadership Focus (3)
Focuses on program needs assessment, management, leadership, and evaluation specified adult or community education setting. 120 hours of fieldwork required.


Additional Requirements (Minor) ... 17-26 semester hours

All ACE majors must also complete an established Eastern Illinois University minor, or a pre-approved set of courses substantially equivalent to a minor in a content area or field of application. 

Click here to review the current list of minors available at EIU.


For More Information

Dr. Stephen Lucas, Department Chair & Program Adviser
• (217) 581-5931
• 2147 Buzzard Hall
• http://www.eiu.edu/ace/
• ace@eiu.edu

Feel free to view/print copies of our online ACE Flyer (PDF) and ACE Brochure (PDF).