Department of Educational Policy Studies

Adult, Community and Higher Education


This specialization provides advanced study for individuals who work with adults in the capacity of instruction, administration, or community leadership within a variety of formal, non-formal, and informal settings in both local and global contexts. Our students represent a wide array of adult, community, and higher education practice and scholarship including: post-secondary instruction, community organizations and NGOs, student affairs, cultural and arts organizations, and workplace learning.

The goals for students in the ACHE program are:

  • Articulate an understanding of adult, community, and higher ed as areas of scholarship and applied knowledge underpinned by research.
  • Develop skills in effective conceptualization and leadership of adult education programming in higher education and community settings.
  • Demonstrate capacity to critically evaluate research and understand its relation to theory and practice in ACHE (MEd Course-Based); for MEd Thesis-Route, to additionally conceptualize and execute an original research project.

Program structure

Each student’s program includes study in core areas, research methods, electives, and a thesis or capping exercise. 

Department Core Courses: Two courses are common to all master's specializations:

  • EDPS 580 - Contemporary Issues in Education: Perspective & Practice
  • EDPS 581 - Introduction to Evaluating Educational Research

Specialization Core Courses: Two courses form the core of the specialization:

  • EDPS 521 - Adult Learning and Development
  • EDPS 577 - Foundations of Adult and Higher Education

Options/Electives: Normally, all courses taken as part of the master’s program must be at the graduate level (courses numbered 500 and above). In consultation with the program advisor, students are encouraged to take courses across the department or faculty.

Possible Concentrations in a Program:

In addition to the above required courses, students may select from a wide range of electives to fulfill their individual learning goals. Some suggested alignment with Educational Policy Studies elective courses are listed below for key interest areas in adult, community, and higher education.

  1. Higher Education: 511, 512, 526, 547, 548, 560, 561, 563, 564, 571, 572, 635, 671, 672
  2. Workplace Learning: 511, 512, 526, 541, 545, 547, 560, 561, 564, 585, 635
  3. Community Education & Social Change: 520, 522, 528, 547, 563, 564, 567, 575, 578, 579, 585
  4. Global/International Education: 520, 522, 523, 525, 528, 548, 564, 575, 585