Program Contact

Susan Barcinas, Ed.D.
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Adult, Workforce, and Continuing Professional Education


Adult and Community College Education Program

Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development (ELPHD)

The Adult and Community College Education program area is a unique program in its emphasis on serving the spectrum of both formal and informal adult learning organizations, and its inclusion of administrative, instructional and technology-related leadership within a practitioner preparation program. Based on a land-grant, Research Extensive University, the department reflects the tripartite commitment to quality instruction, research scholarship and service outreach.

Information Sessions
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
May 1, 2021
Open House
Virtual/Online - Those who register will receive a Zoom link in their email.

Degree Description

The Master’s degree in Adult and Community College Education is one-of-a-kind as its primary commitment is to part-time students who are full-time working professionals. Full-time students are eligible for consideration to receive full funding through scholarships, fellowships and research and teaching assistantships, which allow our students to work with top faculty on cutting-edge projects. To meet the needs of full- and part-time students, most courses are offered once a week during late afternoon or evening hours. Some courses are regularly available during summer sessions and weekends and through distance education technologies. The Master in Adult and Community College Education provides opportunities to specialize in one of three areas: Adult and Continuing Professional EducationCommunity College Teaching, or Health Professions Education. 

Applications for admission are submitted through the Graduate School, accepted year-round and are applicable for the first available term. We accept students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds.  To qualify for admission, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in any field.  International applicants must also have a TOEFL score of 100 or higher.  Admission decisions are based on several criteria, including undergraduate GPA, work history and interest in the field.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application, department application form, resume and non-refundable application fee
  • Unofficial transcripts are to be uploaded into ApplyYourself. If admitted, official transcripts must be sent to the Graduate School before admission is confirmed.
  • Statement of interest including summary of your proposed program goals and desired future outcomes upon program completion
  • North Carolina residency form if claiming for tuition purposes
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international students
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores are not required for application to the Master’s program

Course of study found in one of three areas:

NOTE: Students can formally be admitted only in Summer session I or II, or fall semester.


Duane Akroyd

Susan Barcinas
Associate Professor

M. Jayne Fleener

Chad Hoggan
Associate Professor

Dr. Pooneh Lari
Adjunct Assistant Professor