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Check out the exciting things our Higher Education program faculty and students are doing.

Program info sessions will be held online at 5:30 PM on Monday, January 25, Tuesday, February 9, and Tuesday, February 23.  If you would like to attend one please email Dr. James DeVita at devitaj@uncw.edu to sign up.

See the current edition of the Watson Chronicle here.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator
Dr. James DeVita
(910) 962-3953

Watson College of Education
University of North Carolina
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5980

Welcome to the Master of Education in Higher Education Website

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program includes a specialization in Higher Education.This specialization 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.

The M.Ed. in Higher Education 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.

Higher Ed GroupSpecialization Objectives

Upon completion of the M.Ed. in Higher Education, students will be able to:

  • Understand the history and sociology of higher education, and organizational and student development theory.
  • Advocate for the inclusion of practices and policies that represent the differences and diversity of postsecondary student, faculty, and staff populations.
  • Think critically as a member of a complex and global society with responsibilities in postsecondary institutions.
  • Effectively use data for assessment and decision-making, including the design and evaluation of effective postsecondary programs.
  • Effectively use marketing, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Effectively use technology and distance learning, along with traditional communication methods
  • Respond with innovative solutions to contemporary shifts and challenges in the higher education landscape, including social, political and economic changes which directly impact the higher education profession.

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