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Southern Arkansas University

Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, M.Ed.
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SAU is among the most affordable universities in the nation.
$ 100
Average savings per semester compared to graduate tuition in neighboring states

Our programs are routinely recognized as the best value programs nationally. SAU offers out-of-state tuition waivers to students from Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

About the Program

M.Ed., Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE)

Core Courses: (6 hours)
EDUC 6003 Educational Research
HALE 6343 Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Learning Education Seminar

Capstone Project: (3 hours)
HALE 6373 HALE Capstone Project

Select 21 hours from the following:
Students should meet with their advisor to determine which courses align with career goals.

HALE 6233 Distance Learning Design and Administration
HALE 6313 Budgeting and Finance in Postsecondary Education
HALE 6323 Curricular Design & Evaluation in Postsecondary Distance Learning
HALE 6353 Foundations of Distance Learning
HALE 6363 History & Philosophy of Postsecondary Education
HALE 6383 Leadership and Organization Development
HALE 6393 Post-secondary Teaching
HALE 6413 Program Planning and Evaluation in Postsecondary Contexts
HALE 6423 Special Problems in Adult Education
HALE 6433 Survey of Adult Learning
HALE 6443 The College Student
HALE 6453 The Community College
COUN 6843 Introduction to Student Affairs in Higher Education
COUN 6853 Student Affairs Theory and Practice
COUN 6863 The American College Student
COUN 6873 Organization and Administration of Student Affairs Services
ID 6023 Instructional Design Theory & Practice
ID 6063 Issues & Trends in Instructional Design
ID 6043 Instructional Strategies and Tools
MATH 5003 College Geometry*
MATH 5043 Numerical Analysis**
MATH 5053 Higher Order Thinking Math
MATH 5073 Intro to Probability & Statistics*
MATH 5083 Calculus for Teachers I
MATH 5093 Calculus for Teachers II
MATH 5123 History of Math

* Pre-requisite: linear algebra
**Pre-requisites: linear algebra and differential equations

I chose to further my education at Southern Arkansas University because they offered the degree I needed to progress in my career at an affordable cost. The Higher Adult Education Program was the perfect choice in advancing my career because the online structure is designed to conveniently fit into my busy schedule. My professors were wonderful, and I felt that they truly cared about my education. The professors encouraged practical application of the course material to use our personal and professional experiences to enhance our learning process. I appreciated how personable the faculty and staff members were during the enrollment process, and I knew that SAU was the right decision from the very beginning.
Lydia Barnhart, Recruitment Coordinator for Texarkana College
Lydia Barnhart
When SAU’s School of Graduate Studies added the HALE program, I was very interested and knew that this was a program that would be a good fit for me and what I wanted to do to further my career. I think the HALE program is a well-rounded program and the courses available are challenging and taught by experienced, knowledgeable instructors. I chose SAU for graduate school for a couple of reasons: I received my undergraduate degree here and wanted to further my education but I couldn’t see myself attending anywhere but SAU, and because Dr. Kim Bloss and Melody Mayo were both so incredibly helpful and encouraging throughout my experience with the HALE program.
Sarah Adcox, Director, Mulerider Activity Center/Intramurals, SAU
Sarah Adcox
The HALE program was a perfect fit for me! With its wide array of courses from which to choose, this program allowed me to tailor my graduate education to my unique position as a healthcare educator at the college level. The opportunity to choose coursework which emphasized various aspects of higher education has provided a great benefit to me in my current employment. I’m grateful to have found a program which allows the full utilization of both my undergraduate and graduate fields of study, despite the two being largely unrelated.
Mandi Haynes, M.Ed., RT(R) (ARRT), Clinical Coordinator, Radiologic Technology program, South Arkansas Community College
Mandi Haynes, M.Ed., RT(R) (ARRT)
I am thankful for the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) master’s degree at SAU! I was set for a master’s degree in Curriculum Development, but it just did not seem like the right fit until the HALE option came along. It worked perfectly for me since I am a lifelong learner myself. I just finished my second master’s degree at the age of sixty!
Lavana J. Kindle, M.S., M.Ed., Supplemental Instruction Coordinator, SAU
Lavana J. Kindle, M.S., M.Ed.

Counseling and Professional Studies / College of Education and Human Performance

Hours Required: 30
Categories: Graduate
Completion Time: 2 years *

* Based on 2 classes per semester including summer

SAU’s M. Ed. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) is intended for:

  • individuals seeking or occupying an advance in administrative or management positions in a variety of educational settings;
  • faculty and other educators who seek to improve their adult teaching skills;
  • other individuals who work with adults in a variety businesses or social services agencies.

The M. Ed. HALE degree program includes coursework in foundations, curriculum and teaching (including distance learning), organization and administration, research, and electives so students can create an emphasis area to fit their career aspirations. Students elect either higher education or adult education emphasis area; however, students may elect to take courses in both emphasis areas.

The program is comprised of 30 required hours.  Students must complete 30 hours of coursework to complete the M. Ed. program.  A student must also complete any additional college and university graduation requirements.

Learning Goals

  1. Graduates will write effectively. Graduates will effectively present ideas.
  2. Graduates will seek solutions to educational problems.
  3. Graduates will consider alternative approaches to an educational problem or challenge.
  4. Graduates will synthesize information from many resources. Graduates will successfully use technology to solve an education problem.
  5. Graduates will identify and propose a solution to a HALE problem or challenge.


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About SAU

Southern Arkansas University offers personalized tour visits, faculty and staff who care about student success, and a caring campus community. SAU also offers traditional and unique academic degree programs that are ranked nationally for quality and affordability.

Nestled in a quiet and beautiful part of south Arkansas, SAU is a great place to call home and to study a broad range of academic programs, including some unique offerings to the state and region. Along with boasting a complete college experience on campus, the University is a short drive from outdoor activities and is central to many regional hubs, such as Texarkana, Shreveport, Little Rock, etc.

Established in 1909, SAU has built on its dedication to student achievement and continues to grow, both on campus and online, with more than 80 degrees in four distinct colleges and the School of Graduate Studies.

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