Adult Education Ph.D.

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Would you like to develop your knowledge as an educator and find solutions to adult education issues? Whether you are already employed in an adult education program or just entering the field, our program will provide you with courses and experiences to further your professional development. Our graduates work in school-based and non-school based adult education settings.

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Degree Overview

Our program is flexible enough to allow you to tailor your coursework to best meet your learning needs.  In consultation with your advisor, you select 90 hours of coursework to complete the doctoral program.  Most students distribute their coursework as follows:

Seminars – 6 hrs

In order to provide support to doctoral students in the preparation of their dissertation proposals and defenses, two seminars are completed.

Core courses – 21 hours

This coursework is comprised mostly of Adult Education courses, but students also have the opportunity to explore Administration of Higher Education coursework.

Specialty Courses – 6 Hrs

Select 6 hours of courses with the approval of your advisor in the areas of Adult Education and Administration of Higher Education.

Foundations Courses – 6 hrs

Select 6 hours of courses with the approval of your advisor in the areas of Foundations or Educational Psychology.

Research Courses – 12 hrs

Choose 12 hours of research methods courses that cover areas such as quantitative and qualitative methods as well as assessment and evaluation.

Dissertation – 10 hrs

Each student must successfully complete 10 hours of dissertation coursework.

Transfer Courses – 30 hrs

Up to 30 credit hours can be transferred in to the program (usually from a Master’s degree).  Alternatively, you can take additional elective hours for this section with the approval of your advisor.

Adult Education Courses
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Application Deadlines

  • March 15 (for Summer semester start)
  • June 1 (for Fall semester start)
  • October 1 (for Spring semester start)
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Admission Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree or higher
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Approval of the Department’s Graduate Program Committee, Department Head, faculty members of the Adult Education program, and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Application Requirements

For the admission process, you will need to provide the following in your application to the Graduate School:

  • All official transcripts
  • GRE scores — not required
  • Statement of Intent
  • 3 letters of recommendation
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Initial Registration Requirements

Auburn University requires on-campus students provide proof of vaccinations.  Students must only do this before their first term of course registration.  This process is now managed through an online service, Med+Pass.

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Cost & Financial Support


Financial Aid

Fellowships and Scholarships

  • James E. & Maria Martinez Witte Annual Fellowship
    • Current or incoming graduate student
    • Pursuing degree in Adult Education program
  • William A. Spencer Annual Fellowship
    • Graduate student in EFLT
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Exhibits exceptional promise and leadership in one of the areas of the EFLT Department
  • JoAnn Granberry Murrell
    • Fully admitted to College of Education
    • Part-time or Full-time student
    • Enrolled in EFLT program
    • Demonstrate financial need
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