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Masters in Adult and Continuing Education

Field of Study: Education
Degree Level: Graduate
Institution: University of the West Indies Open Campus
Island: Caribbean

The Masters in Adult and Continuing Education (MACE) was developed by a team of adult educators who are themselves leaders in the field and some of whom are members of staff of the UWI Open Campus.


The Masters in Adult and Continuing Education (MACE) was developed by a team of adult educators who are themselves leaders in the field and some of whom are members of staff of the UWI Open Campus.

The programme aims to:

  • provide a curriculum that fosters the andragogical principles of research-led teaching, critical inquiry of adult development as it relates to learning theory, self-directed learning, collaborative learning and reflective practice.
  • examine competing histories of adult education activities in the Caribbean and conflicting social purposes, beliefs  and assumptions that have guided those practices.
  • provide students with the opportunity to engage in high quality scholarship and participatory  / emancipatory research which will enable them to acquire a rigorous understanding of Caribbean adult education and of the cultural, political and historical contexts in which it occurs.
  • develop a learning culture among students that would assist them in acting critically and competently in a variety of educational contexts.
  • prepare students to engage in the progressive development of Caribbean adult education as practitioners/trainers.


Who is this programme for?

The Masters in Adult and Continuing Education is for graduates  who are working in or intending to work in the growing field of adult education.


Programme Structure

MACE is a 36-credit programme comprising seven 3-credit corecourses, three 3-credit electives, a research paper worth six credits and a compulsory online graduate introductory course. 


When will the programme start?

This offering of the programme begins in September 2014 and runs for 28 months ending in December 2016.


Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for admission into MACE, an applicant must possess at least a second class Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, in Education, Sociology, Social Work or Psychology. The degree must be obtained from a recognized tertiary level institution. Applicants must also have at least three (3) years experience in a relevant field. Consideration may also be given to persons with other degrees or a Teacher’s Diploma, and at least five years experience in an appropriate field.


Specially admitted students

A specially admitted student must possess a Bachelors Degree. They will only be able to register for a maximum of 12 credits in any one-year period, but no more than a total of 24 credits under this category of registration.

Such students are fee-paying students who must adhere to the UWI regulations as far as admissions and registration procedures are concerned.

Specially admitted students are permitted to write the University examinations appropriate to the course (s) they have been allowed to pursue. A transcript will be issued upon request.


Occasional students

Such persons are normally recommended by the Head of the Department. These persons are fee-paying students who will be allowed to participate in the teaching/learning process, subject to disciplinary control of the University, but not allowed to sit final examinations.


Academic Preparation

All participants must take part in an orientation programme that introduces them to online study and prepares them for the demands of a UWI post-graduate programme.


Course of Study


Candidates must pursue a course of study comprising 36 credits.




Core Courses 


OOL6001      Graduate Introductory to Online Learning


EDAE6050   History and Philosophy of Adult Education


EDAE6051    Adult Development and Learning


EDAE6052    Adult Learning Principles and their application to Programme Planning


EDAE6053    Adult Education & Continuing Education in a socio-cultural and political context


EDAE6054    Research and Evaluation in Adult & Continuing Education


EDAE6055    Professional Seminar: Issues and Trends in Adult and Continuing Education


EDAE6056    Introduction to Distance Education


EDAE6065    Research paper




Elective Courses 


Students are required to choose three (3) elective courses from the following:


EDAE6072   Educational Management and Administration in Adult Education & Continuing




EDAE6073   Language and Literacy 


EDAE6074   Course Design and Development in Distance Education.


EDAE6077   Technical/Vocational and Occupational Education


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