Program Curriculum

The M.Ed. in Higher Education program requires a minimum of 36 credits including electives that are selected from course offerings in Educational Leadership and other disciplines. The program requires students to engage in supervised professional practice, which provides the opportunity to connect theory to practice while working in a community college or university administrative or student support office or program. Core courses are offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters.

Core Courses:

  • EDL 523: Research in Education
  • EDL 550: Foundations of Higher Education (3 credits)
  • EDL 551: Student Development Theory (3 credits)
  • EDL 552: Critical Issues in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • EDL 553: Evaluation and Assessment in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • EDL 555: Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • EDL 558: Social Justice Topics in Higher Education
  • EDL 560: Introduction to Higher Education Practice
  • EDL 596: Culminating Project I (3 credits)
  • EDL 597: Culminating Project II (3 credits)

For more detailed information about each core course, click here to visit the Graduate School Catalogue.

The M.Ed. in Higher Education program requires students to complete 6 credit hours in electives from course offerings in Educational Leadership and other disciplines. Elective courses are offered year-round, but there is a wider variety of offerings during Summer Sessions.

Possible Electives:

  • CRM/SOC 504: Data Analysis
  • EDL 557/657: The Comprehensive Community College
  • EDL 583: Global Perspectives in Education
  • EDL 595/695: Academic Advising in Higher Education
  • EDL 595/695: Introduction to Counseling Theories and Skills
  • EDL 595/695: Principles of Applied Learning and Teaching
  • EDL 595/695: Campus Environments
  • EDL 595/695: Survey Methodology
  • EDL 595/695: Innovative Approaches to College Student Success
  • EDL 595/695: Organizational and Resource Management in Community Colleges
  • EDL 595/695: Leadership in Higher Education
  • EDL 595/695: Compassion and Resilience in Personal and Professional Practice
  • SOC 524: Social Stratification

Program Delivery

We currently have two options for students to be enrolled in our program, a Main Campus or Distance Education option. Distance education students are not required to meet at all on campus. Distance education students attend the synchronous face-to-face class sessions using Zoom, a platform that allows them to be part of the classroom experience virtually. Ours is a hybrid program which blends face-to-face instruction and online instruction where students meet in person (our main campus students in a classroom and our distance education students via Zoom) alternating weeks during the semester with online work on the opposite weeks.