Occupational and Adult Education Option
The Occupational and Adult Education curriculum was designed to provide the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for understanding the nature, function, and scope of adult learning both inside and outside of formal educational settings. This option area focuses on preparing individuals to engage in lifelong learning, working with adults of all ages and in all settings including the workplace, military training and education, universities, adult literacy programs, adult basic education, community education, libraries, museums, and social service agencies.
The Occupational and Adult Education option uniquely addresses emerging needs in all aspects of adult education. This option specifically relates to entrepreneurial-alternative deliveries that enhance emerging professional development and advanced training for business, industry, government, and military enterprises. This option integrates assessment and evaluation techniques, statistical skills, and research knowledge with curriculum and instructional development for workplace needs.
This emphasis not only meets workforce-training needs, but also complements the mission of North Dakota State University and the Roundtable Recommendations for the North Dakota University System. The occupational and adult education option addresses an accessibility niche for North Dakota based on the NDSU School of Education's twelve years of leadership in the development of alternative deliveries involving distance education technologies.
This option is designed to prepare individuals to work as researchers, instructors, consultants, and middle management/program administrators in all levels of corporations with training departments, colleges, and universities. Degree-granting institutions within the Fargo-Moorhead area and technical colleges need professional middle managers and instructors with such a terminal degree.
This option would utilize collaborating institutions as an intellectual support base for comprehensive education internship needs in teaching, research, and service. This, in addition to North Dakota State University Research and Technology Park and NDSU academic discipline-based departments, would appeal to the Fargo Skills Training Center, and the (Minnesota) Northwestern Technical Colleges.
Examples of career opportunities for successful graduates in occupational and adult education option include:
- Educational directors for area businesses, industry, government, and military enterprises
- Directors, coordinators, and grant-writers involved in alternative delivery of programs
- Teaching professors in colleges and universities
- Consultants serving education, business, industry, government, and military enterprises
- Educators responsible for all aspects of adult education and community service
Areas of Concentration for Occupational and Adult Education option:
The Occupational and Adult Education option is typically intended for educators in non-traditional and/or non-formal settings in the following concentration areas:
Concentration 1: Adult and Community Education from the perspective of non-formal instruction needs for educators and/or consultants where the focus is on adult, community, or technical education. (See Association for Career and Technical Education).
Concentration 2: Career and Occupational Education focusing on curriculum and instructional development for occupational educators (See Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, etc.)
Concentration 3: Instructional Technology focusing on alternative delivery methods from the educator's and/or consultant's perspective regarding computer-based instructional systems and distance education (See Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education).
Gerontology Ph.D. (dual major)
The Ph.D. program in Education with an emphasis in Occupational & Adult Education is also available with a dual-major in Gerontology. Students interested in this option must first be admitted to the Ph.D. program in Education with an emphasis in Occupational & Adult Education and can then add a secondary focus of Gerontology. Students in this dual major program are expected to adhere to policies and curricular requirements of both academic programs.