MEd: Adult & Higher Education /
Higher Education
Master of Education in Adult & Higher Education, emphasis in Higher Education

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Strengthen the Higher Education Experience

Each year, millions of people attend higher education institutions. Some students are fresh out of high school, while others may be returning after a long absence. Regardless of the reason, higher education institutions can impact the lives of millions of students each year. To ensure that students are successful, it takes hundreds of staff members at all levels (i.e., entry, mid-level, and upper-level), working together to make students’ experiences a positive one and to assist students in accomplishing their educational goals.

College and university administrators can participate in a number of professional specialties. Today’s colleges and universities are a complex, highly layered management organization with potentially thousands of clients and far reaching influence in the community. This position will be one of the most challenging leadership roles in all of education.

M.Ed. students would be eligible for any higher education institutional entry-level position in such areas as Admissions, Residential Life, Financial Aid, & Registrar's Office and could serve as an academic advisor, career placement advisor, etc. Mid-level positions positions include coordinator and director in any area of academic or student affairs. Students with a Ph.D. or Ed.D. could also qualify for upper-level administrative positions at the Associate Dean level in academic or student affairs-related positions or work for the state or federal government as higher education policy analysts and a wide range of other education related positions. In addition, doctoral students could possibly qualify for a faculty position.

Master of Education (MEd)

Program Director:

Dr. Shawn Woodhouse

123 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5889

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1

Master of Education in Adult & Higher Education

The M.Ed. in Adult & Higher Education is intended for

  1. faculty and other educators who want to improve their adult teaching skills;
  2. persons who occupy and seek to advance into administrative or management positions in a variety of educational settings; and
  3. others who work with adults in a variety of agencies.

The degree program includes courses in foundations, curriculum and teaching (including distance learning), organization and administration, research, and electives so that students can create an emphasis area to fit their career goals. To help address student interests, special topic seminars are offered from time to time. An internship in the student’s emphasis area is a required exit experience. Students elect either the adult education or higher education emphasis area.

Admission Requirements

This degree program follows the policies of The College of Education and the Graduate School relating to admissions, academic standards, residency, transfer credit, time limitations, and thesis options (see Graduate Study in the Bulletin). The minimum number of hours required for the M.Ed. degree is 32 credit hours.

Education Requirements

Foundation Courses
Select a course focusing on the learner from the following:3
The Adult Learner
or HIGHERED 6474
The College Student
Select a course in historical foundations from the following:3
History Of Adult Education
or HIGHERED 6477
History And Philosophy Of American Higher Education
Select a course on the improvement of instruction from the following:3
Improvement Of Instruction In Adult Education
Curriculum In Higher Education
ED PSY 7647
Teaching For Learning In The University
Select one of the following:3-6
& ADULT ED 6414
Philosophical Foundations Of Adult Education
and Curriculum Theory And Development In Adult Education 1
Organization And Administration Of Higher Education
Adult and Higher Education Electives
Select a minimum of 12 hours from the following:12
Adult Learning And Development
Survey Of Adult Distance Education
Multicultural Issues In Adult Education
Assessment In The Adult Classroom
Developing Intercultural Competence
Survey Of Human Resource Development And Adult Education
Teaching In The Community College
Directed Readings In Adult Learning
Problems In Adult Education
Seminar In Adult Education Research
Comparative International Adult and Higher Education
Current Issues In Higher Education
Student Affairs Administration
Financial Issues In Higher Education
Governance Of Higher Education
Legal Issues in Student Affairs
Ethics in Higher Education Administration
Policy Analysis Of Higher Education
The Community College
ED ADM 6601
Administration Of Adult And Community Education
ED ADM 6602
Programming In Community And Adult Education
ED PSY 6111
Psychology Of Education
ED TECH 5340
Selection And Utilization Of Educational Multimedia
ED TECH 6416
Teaching & Learning With Technology: Graphical Representational Tools
ED TECH 6436
Computer-Mediated Communication In Education
ED TECH 6437
Distance Learning Via Networks And Telecommunications
ED TECH 6452
Educational Multimedia Design
ED TECH 6454
Instructional Video Production
Research Course(s)
Select 3-6 hours from the following:3-6
ED REM 6707
Classroom Measurement And Evaluation
ED REM 6709
ED REM 6710
Educational Research Methods and Design 2
Exit Requirement
Select one of the following taken during the last 9 semester hours of the program:3
Internship (3 credit hours)
or ADULT ED 6990
Total Hours30-36



Both classes are required for Adult Ed program


Required for Higher Education

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Shawn Woodhouse, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students

Shawn Woodhouse is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration in the Division of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies for the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. A Gus T. Ridgel Fellow, Dr. Woodhouse completed her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Co...
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Patricia G. Boyer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Patricia G. Boyer is Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.A. in College Student Pers...