Adult Education, Ph.D












Now reruiting students

New, revised program!


The mission of the Adult Education program is to:

  •   prepare students to work with adult learners with diverse backgrounds in varied settings
  •   generate, disseminate and apply knowledge of adult learning and adult education


The Adult Education Program is committed to two key principles:

  •   learning must be lifelong in a rapidly changing society
  •   adult students have a unique set of needs, motivations,and expectations when they enter or re-enter the educational setting


The Adult Education Program focuses on the teaching/learning transactions of adult learners in varied settings, including:

  •   community development
  •   continuing education
  •   adult basic education and adult literacy
  •   law enforcement
  •   health care
  •   higher education
  •   the workplace
  •   the ministry


Areas of special interest include but are not limited to:

  •   continuing education
  •   cooperative extension
  •   human resource development
  •   health
  •   community development
  •   criminal justice
  •   military education
  •   adult basic education
  •   gerontology
  •   program development
  •   religious education
  •   literacy education
  •   ESL

A degree in adult education can lead to roles as administrators, faculty, consultants, staff developers, training directors, program coordinators and human resources developers--in short, any field in which planned adult learning takes place. The field is broad, and it is growing. Interested individuals do not have to have received prior degrees in adult education to apply.


Program at a Glance, Effective Fall 2013


Admissions Procedures


Course Descriptions


Course Schedule Summer 2012 - Summer 2013


Course Rotation 2013 - 2106


Frequently Asked Questions



Adult Education Faculty

Lilian H. Hill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor



R. Eric Platt, Ph.D.



For more information, contact:

Program Coordinator

Dr. Lilian H. Hill


Administrative Assistant

Doris Vines


Department Address

Educational Studies and Research
135 Owings-McQuagge Hall
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive, #5093
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001
Fax: 601.266.4233