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Adult and Community Education

Ball State University

12 months
21222 USD/year
21222 USD/year
7758 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Adult and Community Education program of Ball State University is one of just a few programs in the nation that has a strong community education focus.


Today businesses and organizations see training programs as necessary for professional development and retention of effective employees. Adult and community educators are being welcomed into the workplace to plan, design, implement, and evaluate programs for adults.

The Adult and Community Education program of Ball State University will show you that teaching adults is quite different from instructing younger populations. You’ll experience a teaching theory that is frequently more collaborative and cooperative, and always student led. Different teaching philosophies come to life with each professor you encounter. And one of your very first courses will help you develop, like your professors, your own teaching style.

This degree provides the flexibility of taking courses face-to-face, online, or a blend of both. Courses are offered online, on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, or at Ball State centers in downtown Indianapolis and Fishers, Indiana. Face-to-face courses are offered on weekday evenings (Monday through Thursday) or five full-day Saturdays.

What You Will Learn

Our adult and community education program allows you to gain skills in:

  • instructional design
  • staff development
  • program evaluation
  • community education development

This degree can also prepare your for entry into our doctorate in adult and community education.

Program content includes:

  • adult and community learning concepts, theories, and practices
  • educational program design, implementation, and evaluation
  • strategies for creating and sustaining learning organizations
  • interaction of educational, social, political, and economic systems within communities

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Adult and Community Education
  • Organizing Adult and Community Education Programs
  • The Adult as a Learner
  • Strategies for Teaching Adults
  • Program Planning in Community and Adult Education
  • The Community Educator

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have a bachelor's degree or higher from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association
  • GRE not required
  • Transcripts showing your complete academic record. You may submit unofficial transcripts at the time of application
  • Official transcripts will be requested at the time of admission. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21222 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21222 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    21222 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21222 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    7758 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7758 USD per year during 12 months.

Online tuition

  • Local per credit: $438 per credit
  • International/ national: $656 per credit

Living costs for Muncie

876 - 1417 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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