Degree Requirements (36 hours)

The M.Ed. with specialization 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.

Core Courses (30 hours required)

  • EDL 550 - Foundations of Higher Education Credits: 3
  • EDL 551 - Student Development TheoryCredits: 3
  • EDL 552 - Critical Issues in Higher Education Credits: 3
  • EDL 553 - Evaluation and Assessment in Higher Education Credits: 3
  • EDL 555 - Legal Issues in Higher Education Credits: 3
  • EDL 556 - Technology in Higher Education Leadership Credits: 3
  • EDL 558 - Social Justice Topics in Education Credits: 3
  • EDL 560 - Reflective Practice Credits: 3
  • EDL 596 - Culminating Project I Credits: 3
  • EDL 597 - Culminating Project II Credits: 3
  • Or

  • EDL 599 - Thesis II Credits: 3

Electives (6 hours required)

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

  • EDL 523 - Research in Education Credits: 3
  • EDL 554 - Leadership Theory and Behavior Credits: 3
  • EDL 557 - Community College Administrators Credits: 3

Exit Requirement

All students must complete either a culminating project or a thesis. All students must take and pass EDL 596 and either EDL 597 or EDL 599. All students must defend either the culminating project or thesis. In the thesis option, students must submit to thesis to the Graduate School.

Link to the 2014-2015 Graduate Catalogue