ΜΑ in Adult Education

The Programme is currently under evaluation by the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education. It is expected that the Programme will be accredited and offered in the academic year 2016-2017.


Μ.Α. in Adult Education

Program’s language of instruction: Greek

Duration of studies:

The duration of the MA programme will be 18 months (i.e. three semesters) for full time or 36 months (i.e. six semesters) for part time attendance.

For the successful completion of the programme, 90 ECTS are required. The program is offered in three semesters and each semester corresponds to 30 ECTS.

Program’s purpose and objectives:

The master program of study in Adult Education is designed in order to accept adult educators, instructors, and trainers as well as any other professionals that educate and train adults from different subject matters and fields. The program is developed having in mind the continuous and increasing complexity and demands of the adult educator profession regardless of field and specialization. Additionally, various other elements were taken into consideration when designing this program of study. First of the all, the fact that the adult educators work in various educational learning environments/settings: formal, informal and non-formal. Secondly, there is an urgent need for an overview critique of the basic concepts and principles of life-long learning and adult education in macro-level and/or micro-level. Additionally, the program is designed in order to incorporate the effective integration of new and innovative teaching methods, techniques and policies as well as the use of technology in modern learning environments. The program also aims to provide the theoretical, pedagogical as well as practical framework for the students to examine the concepts of lifelong learning, adult education, learning theories, curriculum development, teaching and evaluation. The program aims to provide the students with the necessary knowledge and skills in order to be able to take over leadership positions and meet the needs and demands of the society in regards to adult education and life-long learning. Finally, the program has also a research orientation in order to promote action research and transform the teaching and learning approaches in the field of adult education and life-long learning.

Intended learning outcomes:

The indented learning outcomes of the master program of study in Adult Education are delineated below:

  1. The complete overview of the basic concepts and principles of life-long learning and adult education, its teaching and evaluation and the understanding of their major interactions.
  2. The targeted integration of teaching strategies and active educational techniques, as well as the integration of new technologies in the teaching and learning process, employing pedagogical approaches that maximize the added value of learning.
  3. The understanding of differences of adult teaching and learning needs and approaches and their effective implementation through the study of adult learning theories.
  4. The design, implementation and evaluation of an adult education program employing new methods and innovative approaches to lifelong learning and adult education as well as incorporating new technologies and digital learning environments.
  5. The understanding of the dynamics and reasons of development, and the current and future needs and demands of the adult education field, as it evolves in Cyprus, Greece and Europe.
  6. The development of new knowledge by systematic research activity focused on the main issues/ subjects that characterize the current program of study and the growth of research orientations and interests among adult educators.
  7. The emergence of action research as an important tool for adult educators in their daily professional activities in order to effectively employ modern teaching approaches towards achieving the objectives of adult education.
  8. The development of analytical and critical thinking and fruitful dialogue and cooperation to address the problems and challenges related to lifelong learning and adult education.

Courses

Module GroupECTS
Required Courses40
Elective courses 30
Postgraduate Assignment 20
TOTAL90

Required Courses Modules

The student must successfully complete 40 ECTS, from the following list of modules:
No.CodeNameECTSHours / week
1ADE101RESEARCH METHODOLOGY103
2ADE102BASIC PRINCIPLES IN ADULT EDUCATION AND LIFE LONG LEARNING 103
3ADE103ADULT LEARNING THEORIES AND ADULT COUNSELING 103
4ADE104TEACHING STRATEGIES AND ACTIVE EDUCATIONAL TECHNIQUES IN ADULT EDUCATION103

Elective courses Modules

The student must successfully complete 30 ECTS, from the following list of modules:
No.CodeNameECTSHours / week
1ADE201EDUCATIONAL POLICIES IN LIFE-LONG LEARNING AND ADULT EDUCATION 103
2ADE202NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN EDUCATION: AFFORDANCES IN TEACHING AND LEARNING 103
3ADE203DEVELOPMENT OF LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS 103
4ADE204TEAM LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATION 103
5ADE205EVALUATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE IN EDUCATION 103

Postgraduate Assignment Modules

The student must successfully complete 20 ECTS, from the following list of modules:
No.CodeNameECTSHours / week
1ADE105MASTER DISSERTATION I103
2ADE106MASTER DISSERTATION II103