The Master's programme Adult Education
Scientific directors: Prof. Dr. habil. Drs. h. c. Ekkehard Nuissl von Rein; Prof. Dr. Matthias Rohs
Adult and continuing education is becoming more and more important as continuous professional and personal upskilling is now required in almost every field. The need for qualified personnel who have the ability to unite professional skills and competencies with professionalism in adult education is accordingly high.
The German-language Master’s programme is aimed at full- and part-time professionals in the field of adult and continuing education or (continuous) education consulting, responsible persons in in-service or corporate training, in further and continuous education providers, in public associations and institutions and professionals in the areas training, course management and curriculum development.
Objective and degree
The distance learning programme provides the participants with the opportunity to individually develop their professionalisation in adult education didactics in consideration of relevant knowledge as well as acquire knowledge of findings and methods from various scientific fields.
Graduates of the Master's programme are awarded a diploma from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, a certificate documenting conferment of the academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.) as well as an English-language diploma supplement.
The distance learning programme comprises 14 compulsory elective and compulsory modules that focus on, for example
- Didactics and methods,
- Competence development in adult and continuous education,
- Education management and marketing,
- Evaluation of educational processes,
- Programme planning,
- Vocational and corporate further education and training.
Distance learning programmes are basically defined by the fact that students do not physically attend the institution of higher education, instead the institution of higher education comes to them. Both programme organisation and the didactically prepared learning materials are based on the concept of independent learning: the learners are supported in taking personal responsibility for their own learning process by a teaching-learning arrangement that consists of a combination of self-learning materials, on-campus phases and online-based interactions in the online campus. Each programme has an own virtual learning environment within the online campus that accompanies the students for the duration of their course. During the on-campus phases, the students have the opportunity to consolidate and substantiate the self-taught content in the context of practical classes and group work and to further discuss their acquired skills and knowledge in consideration of current issues.
Schedule and organisation
The distance learning programme in Adult Education has a standard period of study of four semesters (part-time). Mandatory on-campus phases take place once per semester over a (long) weekend in Kaiserslautern. The written module examinations are completed during mandatory on-campus phases.
A weekly commitment of around 20 hours is required to study the material, complete the send-in tasks, successfully participate in optional online courses, conduct a case study, take an examination, write a term paper and complete the Master's thesis (amongst others).
At a glance
At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 690 per semester as well as the social fee of currently EUR 102 per semester. The one-time fee for the Master's thesis is EUR 500. The tuition fees do not include travel and accommodation expenses or meal allowances during the on-campus phases. Only the social fee is charged in the first and second semester after the end of the standard period of study. Tuition fees are reduced to 30 percent of the original fee as of the third semester exceeding the standard period of study; this does not apply to the Master's thesis fee. The tuition fees are exempted from German VAT and may be tax-deductible if the legal requirements are fulfilled.
Subject to change.
The Master's and Certificate programmes at the DISC are training programmes. The admission requirements are based on the following legal regulations:
- the Higher Education Act (Hochschulgesetz) of the respective federal state,
- the applicable examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung) at the time of enrolment,
- the enrolment regulations.
The specific admission requirements for the TU Kaiserslautern and this programme can be accessed here.
Professionally qualified persons without a university degree have the opportunity to take an aptitude test under certain requirements.
The aim of the aptitude test is to determine whether candidates with professional experience but no university degree have comparable skills and knowledge to candidates with a completed undergraduate degree. The application for admission to the aptitude test must be submitted to the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.
The online-based part of the aptitude test will take place from 26 March to 8 April 2020. For the verbal part of the aptitude test, two blocks of dates are offered: 8 to 19 June 2020 or 13 to 24 July 2020. Subject to change.
For more information on deadlines or requirements, please click here or contact Karolina Toczynski (eignungspruefung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de).
The distance learning programme starts in the winter semester (October) of every year. Information on the application procedure and deadlines can be accessed here.
The distance learning programme's scientific directors are Prof. Dr. habil. Drs. h. c. Ekkehard Nuissl von Rein (TU Kaiserslautern) and Prof. Dr. Matthias Rohs (TU Kaiserslautern). The distance learning programme Adult Education is organised in cooperation with the educational institution of the German Red Cross in Rhineland-Palatinate and the Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung (DIE) e.V. (German association for adult education).
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Janina Burger M.A.
Dipl.-Päd. Mario Ganz
Karolina Toczynski B.A.
All questions concerning application and examination procedures will be answered by the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.