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2017-2018 Graduate Catalogue 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Higher Education Specialization, M.Ed.

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Graduate Coordinator: Dr. James DeVita


The Master of Education (M.Ed.) with specialization in Higher Education is designed for people who wish to enter or advance in administrative and/or academic support roles in colleges and universities. It provides social, historical, philosophical, developmental, and international perspectives of postsecondary education. The program supports the Watson College of Education Conceptual Framework of developing highly competent professionals to serve in educational leadership roles. The program has been designed in accordance with the Council for the Advancement and Standards in Higher Education (CAS Standards).

Program graduates typically work in functional areas such as academic advising, admissions, career services, financial aid, judicial affairs, alumni relations, athletics, multicultural affairs, residence life, and student activities.

Admission Requirements

  1. Official copies of transcripts from each institution attended (graduate and undergraduate).
  2. An undergraduate grade average of “B” (GPA = 3.0) or better is recommended.
  3. Three recommendations from individuals who can attest to the qualifications of the applicant for admission to this program.
  4. A personal statement that identifies a current issue in higher education and discusses connections between candidate’s professional goals and the issue selected.
  5. Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by the published deadline.

Degree Requirements (36 total credit hours)

The M.Ed. with specialization in Higher Education requires a minimum of 36 credit hours 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.

Electives (6 credit hours)

500 level (or above) courses selected in consultation with advisor from designations such as:

Exit Requirements

  1. All students must take and pass EDL 596  and either EDL 597  or EDL 599 .
  2. All students must complete either the culminating project or a thesis. In the thesis option, students must submit thesis to the Graduate School.
  3. All students must defend either the culminating project or thesis.
  4. All students must successfully complete at least one Certified Internship Program (CIP).

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