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Specialization: Health Professions Education

Degree: Master of Education
Program: Adult and Community College Education
Delivery Method: Fully online or hybrid

Acquire and apply the knowledge and skills related to adult education and training you need to improve your abilities to become a leading health professions educator.

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Develop your mastery of adult education and training in our program we’ve designed for health professionals like you. You’ll be equipped with evaluative and instructional strategies to strengthen and design programs in a variety of health related educational settings.

Program Details

Degree Options

You can pursue a Master of Education with specializations in Health Professions Education while continuing to work full time. (We also offer a Ph.D. with a specialization in health professions education.) Our courses are offered fully online for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Hybrid options are available

Program Description

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with a specialization in Health Professions Education is designed for health care professionals who plan, design, and deliver patient education, continuing education, or instruction in health-related professional programs. The degree offers content designed to enhance an individual’s ability to plan, deliver, and evaluate health-related education and training. The program is based on a reflective practice approach, offering practitioners opportunities to reflectively and critically integrate their professional experience with adult education knowledge and practice skills. Graduates of the program work in state and government agencies, hospitals (in human resource development, continuing education, staff development, training and development), postsecondary institutions, and a variety of other organizations involved in health-related education and training. Students in this specialization represent a variety of health care areas, thus providing an interdisciplinary learning environment.

The master’s program has a minimum requirement of 36 hours of coursework. Any course work taken prior to admission is subject to approval by the student’s advisor for inclusion in the program. Within the 36 minimum hours, the following should be included:

  1. Core Courses (18 hours)
  • EAC 730 – Foundations of Adult, Higher and Human Res Education (3 hrs)
  • EAC 559 – The Adult Learner (3 hrs)
  • EAC 560 – Assessment and Evaluation of Adult Education (3 hrs)
  • EAC 538 – Instructional Strategies in AHE (3 hrs)
  • EAC 539 – Teaching in an Online Environment
  • EAC 708 –  Continuing Education for the Professions or EAC 700 – Community College Education
  1. Specialization (12 hours minimum)
  • EAC 532 – Health Care Delivery Systems (3 hrs)
  • EAC 536 – Issues and Trends in Education for the Health Professions (3 hrs)

Two courses (6 hours) selected with the approval of advisor from the following general content areas: Health Policy, Health Finance, Health Promotion or EAC 708 –  Continuing Education for the Professions

  1. Research and Capstone (6 hours)
  • EAC 551 – Research in Adult and Higher Education (3 hrs.)
  • EAC 692 – Research Project (3 hrs.)

M.Ed. students will enroll in EAC 692 to write a comprehensive, capstone paper that describes a platform of practice. This platform of practice must demonstrate that students are (1) knowledgeable about the foundations of the field, (2) knowledgeable about reflective practice, (3) capable of coherent thinking and the systematic and organized communication of ideas, and (4) able to apply the multiple areas of study in their programs to emerging issues in the field.

Program Completion: 36 Hours Total (minimum requirement)

The Graduate School outlines basic requirements for admission.

  • 500-800 word personal/goals statement that showcases your background, teaching experience and goals for seeking an advanced degree
  • Transcripts of all post-secondary education* showing 3.0 GPA as required by the Graduate School
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation that describe your work ethic and potential as a graduate student. These letters must be included with the online reference form.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents or $85 for international residents

View the tuition and fee rates for graduate students at NC State.

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Why Health Professions Education at NC State Education

Learn from faculty nationally known for their research in adult and continuing education and who have experience in health professions education

Customize your courses to align with your career goals and take approved courses at other area universities, including Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill

Our coursework prepares health professionals for clinical education practices using a reflective practice approach.  Your coursework includes relevant adult learning theories such as experiential, online or active learning theories; program planning, assessment and evaluation; special topics such as inter-professional education, ethics,  instructional strategies, organizational change, and scholar practitioner subject areas.

Study alongside other health professionals in a collaborative, interprofessional learning environment that will help you expand your network

Earn your affordable degree from a public university recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Money as the best value

Continue to work full time while pursuing your degree through a flexible program designed for working health professionals and adult learners

The necessity of health professional training and continued educational training for these professionals makes this Health Professions Education program critically important. NC State is in a unique place in terms of being able to offer that.

David Coniglio ’13 EDD

Physician Assistant and former Associate Professor of Health Professional Studies at Campbell University

When you join the NC State College of Education’s Health Professions Education program, you will receive the experiences and instruction you need at North Carolina’s leading college of education to grow your career.


In Education Research Productivity by Faculty in N.C. (U.S. News)

Top 12%

Ranking Among 385 Colleges of Education in the U.S. (U.S. News)


Ranked in Value Among Colleges of Education in N.C. (Value Colleges)