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Master of Arts in Adult, Professional, and Community Education (APCE)

Welcome to the Master's program in APCE at Texas State where you will find:

  • Dedicated, student-focused faculty who are leaders in the field
  • Fellow students who are collaborative and collegial
  • Curriculum that will help you learn both theory and skills to become a more reflective practitioner
  • Course delivery formats designed with you and other working professionals in mind (nights, weekends, “blended” weekend/online courses)

Master of Arts APCE Students in Class

Please explore the two concentrations, as well as the minor & certificate plan, we offer in our program listed below!


Adult ESL Concentration (Available Online or Face-to-Face)
This master's degree program is designed to prepare reflective practitioners with the skills and knowledge to teach, develop, and manage ESL programs for adults in a variety of settings in the community.  The ESL concentration helps respond to an increasing need for adult ESL instructors in the Nation and our State. (36-39 Thesis optional, hybrid and online courses, program reviews applications on a rolling basis.)


Workplace, Community, and Continuing Education Concentration (Fully Online)

This master's degree program prepares candidates to provide leadership and nurture development of adult education programs. This concentration focuses on the connections between work, community, and lifelong learning.  (36-39 Thesis optional, online courses, program reviews applications on a  rolling basis.)

Minor & Certificate

Adult English as a Second or Foreign Language Certificate

This non-degree academic program is designed for individuals who desire to teach and coordinate English as a second language (ESL) or English as a foreign language (EFL) education programs for adults. It may be taken as a stand-alone non-degree program or in conjunction with the MA in Adult Education.  (18 credit hours required, program reviews applications on a  rolling basis.)


Graduate Minor in Adult Education

*Requires Minor Advisor approval. This minor consists of twelve credit hours. ADED 5321 Adult Learning and Development is mandatory. Plus three other courses selected when consulting with the Adult Education Coordinator.