Academic Advising

The Program Coordinator is the official academic advisor for all students enrolled in the M.Ed. in Higher Education. While students are encouraged to consult program faculty members and instructors, all approvals, course substitutions, and other academic issues must be addressed by the Program Coordinator.

Recommended Course Sequence
Although each student is encouraged to develop a plan for completing the program that aligns with their professional goals and responsibilities, the recommended course sequences below should align with most students’ pathway through the program.

Full-Time Enrollment

Students who enroll at full-time status should complete 9 hours or 3 courses in each of their first 2 Fall/Spring semesters, and should complete the following core courses in their first year of study:

  • EDL 523: Research in Education – take before EDL 553
  • EDL 550: Foundations of Higher Education
  • EDL 551: Student Development Theory
  • EDL 553: Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
  • EDL 558: Social Justice Topics in Education
  • EDL 560: Introduction to Higher Education Practice

Summer enrollment is optional. Courses in summer are typically offered online and asynchronous in 4 ½ week summer terms. Elective topics vary each summer and align with instructors professional and/or scholarly interests. Any electives completed in summer would reduce course load in the final Fall and Spring semesters. For students who begin enrollment in Spring, summer courses are encouraged.

Remaining core courses and electives must be completed in the final 2 semesters of coursework. EDL 596: Culminating Project I must be completed in the semester prior to EDL 597: Culminating Project II. In some cases, it may be possible to complete EDL 597 during a summer semester. EDL 552 can be completed in either of the final 2 semesters of coursework.

Part-Time Enrollment

Students who enroll at part-time status will typically complete 3-6 credits or 1-2 courses each semester they are enrolled in the program. Part-time students are strongly encouraged to consider multiple factors that may affect their course plan (e.g., desired graduation date/timeline, work commitments, tuition waiver support), and consult with the Program Coordinator to develop a plan that aligns with each students’ personal and professional goals.

Part-time students should endeavor to complete the following 7 core courses as early as possible in their program of study:

  • EDL 523: Research in Education – take before EDL 553
  • EDL 550: Foundations of Higher Education
  • EDL 551: Student Development Theory
  • EDL 553: Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
  • EDL 555: Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • EDL 558: Social Justice Topics in Education
  • EDL 560: Introduction to Higher Education Practice

The remaining core courses should be completed near the end of the students’ program of study and sequenced as appropriate:

EDL 552: Critical Issues in Higher Education (capstone course)
EDL 596: Culminating Project I – must be completed the semester prior to EDL 597
EDL 597: Culminating Project II

Elective courses may be worked into the program of study for part-time students at any point, but summer electives are strongly encouraged.

Coursework Plan Examples

Fall Full-Time Enrollment – Sample Course Plan 1

Fall I: EDL 523, EDL 550, EDL 560
Spring I: EDL 551, EDL 553, EDL 558
Summer: 2 electives completed
Fall II: EDL 596, EDL 555
Spring II: EDL 597, EDL 552

Fall Full-Time Enrollment – Sample Course Plan 2

Fall I: EDL 523, EDL 550, EDL 551
Spring I: EDL 553, EDL 558, EDL 560
Summer: No courses enrolled
Fall II: EDL 552, EDL 596, Elective 1
Spring II: EDL 555, EDL 597, Elective 2

Spring Full-Time Enrollment – Sample Course Plan 1

Spring I: EDL 523, EDL 550, EDL 551
Summer I: 2 electives completed
Fall I: EDL 553, EDL 558, EDL 560
Spring II: EDL 552, EDL 555, EDL 596
Summer II: EDL 597

Spring Full-Time Enrollment – Sample Course Plan 2

Spring I: EDL 523, EDL 551, EDL 560
Summer I: 1 electives completed
Fall I: EDL 550, EDL 553, EDL 558
Spring II: EDL 555, EDL 596
Summer II: 1 elective completed
Fall II: EDL 552, EDL 597