1 Adult Education graduates, Class of 2013 Why choose a degree or certificate from Buffalo State s adult education program? Find out why nearly 2,000 students choose Buffalo State for graduate study each year. Customized specialization allows students to combine required coursework with a specialized focus of the student s choosing. Online courses accommodate full- and part-time students anywhere in the world. Students flourish through intensive mentoring from professors with rich academic and work experience. Up to 12 hours of coursework from SUNY institutions, or up to 6 hours of coursework from other institutions, may be approved for transfer toward a specialization area. Value. Buffalo State students receive an education superior to many other regional colleges at competitive tuition rates, making an advanced degree affordable. Faculty. Faculty members in the Adult Education Department are scholars and teachers engaged in research, with extensive scholarly publications and awards. Convenience. Programs may be completed online or on campus. Students can choose to attend either full or part time. ADVANCE YOUR CAREER. Mary Ellen Clasgens, 13, M.S. in Adult Education, College instructor
2 Find out more Adult Education Bacon Hall Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY Phone: (716) Fax: (716) The Graduate School Cleveland Hall 204 (716) On the Web Buffalo State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution that subscribes to all federal, state, and SUNY legal requirements and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, disability, or marital or veteran status. Any violation of this policy should be reported to the Equity and Campus Diversity Office, Cleveland Hall 415, (716) t is the policy of Buffalo State that no otherwise qualified person with a disability shall, solely by reason of the disability, be excluded from participation in employment or access to programs of the college. April Buffalo, New York. Buffalo State s location is ideal: we are a 125-acre college campus surrounded by the energy and opportunities of New York State s second-largest city. The college is located on Elmwood Avenue in one of Buffalo s most exhilarating neighborhoods. Love culture and urban pleasures? World-class museums, historic architecture, bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants, the Buffalo Zoo, and Delaware Park are within a 10-minute walk of campus. Love professional sports? Pick up tickets for Buffalo Bills or Sabres games. n addition, Toronto is less than two hours away, and area ski resorts can be reached in less than an hour. With more than 50,000 Buffalo State alumni living in the Buffalo Niagara region, internship opportunities and professional connections abound for students. Buffalo State 1300 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY
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4 ADULT EDUCATON Classes are all hands-on. The instructors design coursework that is interactive and collaborative. They are encouraging, challenging, and always available. Katherine M. Marzec, 08, M.S. in Adult Education, ndependent staff development consultant The Program The adult education program at Buffalo State prepares professionals for careers in adult education and human resource development. Coursework for the program is based in practice, grounded in current research and theory, and employed across multiple disciplines. Graduates complement their areas of expertise with core knowledge of adult education, while human resource development graduates earn skills to develop a more competitive workforce through training. Core classes provide a broad foundational base in adult learning theory, instructional design, and teaching methods. Master s Program Master of science (M.S.) in adult education. A 30-credit-hour program completed through online-based study, cohort-based weekend program, or combination of both. promotion, adult literacy, or college student personnel administration. A student may pursue another area of specialization with the agreement of his or her adviser. Students also are required to complete a comprehensive examination. The objectives of the master of science (M.S.) degree program are: Provide a foundation in the development, delivery, and evaluation of adult and human resource development programs in a variety of settings. Develop skills in managing both programs and personnel within the field of adult education and human resource development. Enable adult education and human resource development professionals to serve as both change agents and learning facilitators. Prepare individuals to serve in leadership roles in adult education and human resource development. Certificate Programs Adult education graduate certificate program. A 12-credit-hour program ideal for adult educators who want to complement their areas of expertise with a core knowledge of adult education. Human resource development graduate certificate program. A 12-credit-hour program that addresses the essential skills and competencies for professional human resource development practitioners. Students wishing to complete the graduate certificate in human resource development and the adult education master of science degree within 30 hours must complete the graduate certificate first, and then apply for admission to the master s program. Students are able to select a specialization based on career interest, such as human resource development (the most popular choice), health Foster understanding of the learning needs and opportunities of adult and nontraditional learners in a modern technological society. Cover: David M. Merlo, 06, M.S. in Adult Education, College instructor The adult education program provides three curricular options that can be completed entirely online or in the classroom.
5 Curriculum All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated. Master of Science Program Required Courses cr ADE 500 ntroduction to Adult Education ADE 600 Adulthood and Development ADE 605 Historical, Social, and Philosophical Foundations of Adult Education ADE 608 nstructional Design ADE 610 Methods of Adult Education ADE 655 Diversity in Adult Education and Training ADE 689 Methods of Educational Research Elective Field Specialization Course cr Total Required Credit Hours cr Hugh Burnham, 11, M.S. in Adult Education, Workforce coordinator and cultural competency facilitator, ndigenous Peoples of the Onondaga Nation Adult Education Graduate Certificate Program Required Courses cr ADE 600 Adulthood and Development ADE 605 Historical, Social, and Philosophical Foundations of Adult Education ADE 608 nstructional Design ADE 610 Methods of Adult Education Human Resource Development Graduate Certificate Program Required Courses cr ADE 608 nstructional Design ADE 610 Methods in Adult Education ADE 625 Designing and Evaluating Programs for Adult Learners ADE 640 Human Resource Development At Buffalo State, you ll have access to a top-caliber education that includes small class sizes, personalized attention, and high-quality academics at a fraction of the cost charged by private institutions. That s why choosing Buffalo State is a smart educational investment. For the most current tuition rates, visit Costs are subject to change. FNANCAL AD About 45 percent of graduate students at Buffalo State receive some form of financial aid usually a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment. Competitive graduate assistantships are also available to qualified applicants. For more information, visit
6 CAREER OPPORTUNTES Employment prospects for adult educators are growing faster than the average for all occupations, and the need for formally trained adult educators has expanded significantly. Career Opportunities Career options are wide-ranging: community agencies employ educators to conduct literacy, personnel development, and workforce preparation programs; and businesses employ human resource development professionals to train new and experienced workers. Graduates of the program also are prepared to pursue doctoral study in adult education. Our graduates are educators in diverse arenas, including corporations, social service agencies, sales and marketing firms, professional associations, continuing education, law enforcement, government, and the military. Each student works with a faculty adviser to select courses that constitute a specialization designed to promote his or her career. Students have the option of a supervised teaching practicum and internship. The adult education program provides excellent preparation for doctoral work. Recent graduates hold such titles as training manager at Planned Parenthood; program manager for Adult Education Basics Program of New York State; program manager for CSEA Partnership for Education and Training; executive director of technology at New York community colleges; grant writer; GED instructor; workforce coordinator; cultural competency facilitator; manager of human resources; staff development consultant; professor in health programs at a community college; senior social worker; corporate training and development manager. adulteducation Kenneth Fuller, 07, M.S. in Adult Education, Technology integration specialist