The applied community and economic development (ACED) sequence is an interdisciplinary program that enables those who are passionate about social change through service to take their careers to the next level. The sequence is designed for returned Peace Corps Volunteers and students with other development experiences (e.g., AmeriCorps, nonprofit work). The Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development coordinates these programs for Fellows, who spend an intense year on campus followed by 11-month paid professional practice. ACED sequence students have a graduate assistantship in the fall and spring semesters on campus prior to field work. Students pursuing this sequence receive a solid and relevant educational opportunity to pursue careers in community and economic development in the United States and around the world.
Brent Beggs, Ph.D., Indiana University
Recreational sports, field experiences, and leisure behavior
Dan Elkins, Ph.D., Indiana University
Social psychological aspects of leisure behavior, factors contributing to non-participation in leisure activities
Amy Hurd, Ph.D., Indiana University
Management and competencies in professional development in leisure service agencies
Tracy Mainieri, Ph.D., Clemson University
Exploring summer camp as an avenue to youth civic development
Barbara Schlatter, Ph.D., University of Illinois
Recreation program and event planning
A student applying to a master's program must:
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Requirements
A student applying to this program must:
Applicants who submit all materials according to the posted instructions and by the posted deadlines, and whose materials indicate potential for success in their chosen program, will complete a required interview (by phone or in person).
Interested individuals may apply to only one of the applied community and economic development programs at a time.
Dates and Deadlines
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
Graduate assistants receive
Research Core - 6 hours
Recreation Administration - 6 hours
ACED Sequence – 10 hours
KNR 498, Professional Practice, 5 hours
|497, 3 hrs||445, 3 hrs||ECO/POL/SOA 478, 2 hrs||498.30 Professional Practice, 5 hrs|
|473 or 474, 3 hrs||ECO 490.04, 2 hrs||KNR 400, 3 hrs|
|POL/SOC 470, 3 hrs||466 or 475, 3 hrs|
|POL/SOC 477, 3 hrs||381, 3 hrs|
Questions about Applied Community & Economic Development? Contact Beverly A. Beyer, Associate Director, Stevenson Center, (309) 438-7090.
Mid to upper-level administration positions in: