Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies

80 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903 – 401.277.5000

Masters of Adult Education


Kathy Peno, Ph.D.
Professor, Adult Education
Adult Education Program Coordinator

Welcome to the URI Providence Campus
Master of Arts in Education: Adult Education (M.A.) Program

This graduate level practitioner based program offers theoretical and practical applications with a focus on adult learning principles and practices, assessment and evaluation, performance improvement, leadership, program planning, and technology integration within instructional design.

The program is designed to develop competencies and skills in helping adults learn within a wide range of social, institutional and cultural contexts. It allows for specialized study in several professional areas.

The Masters of Adult Education Curriculum at a glance

Participants may choose one of six (6) areas of specialization to meet individual needs and interests. Areas include Administration; Adult Literacy; Gerontology: Vocational-Technical and Extension Education; Training and Development; and Education Training and Management Specialist (ETMS)*.

*ETMS Specialization

The University of Rhode Island and the United States Navy have a long-standing relationship to provide a graduate study opportunity to naval officers, enlisted personnel and their dependents. This specialization is offered in a format designed to complement the schedules of naval personnel and enable them to develop the competencies and skills needed in adult education over a range of career options. This particular specialization area leads to a Navy certified P-Code in Education, Training and Management Specialist, (ETMS).

List of classes for areas of specialization:

Teaching Staff

All full-time faculty are members of the graduate faculty at URI. In addition to full-time faculty members, part-time faculty have professional positions as trainers, directors, and adult education teachers. These professionals serve as an important nucleus of the program faculty.

Location of Courses

Classes for this program are held synchronously online via Webex, at the CCRI Campus in Newport, the Kingston Campus and the Providence Campus. Registration for courses can be completed on-line.

Why URI’s Providence Campus?

The URI Providence Campus offers:

  • Free parking with shuttle buses to campus, along with good access to public transportation, makes getting to class easier.
  • All classes are held in one building, and are offered both days and weekends, offering more flexibility for student schedules.
  • Daycare is also available for children of student parents.
  • A lot more!

Interested students can call the campus at 401.277.5388 to discuss available options with a program representative.

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