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Master of Education in
Higher Education

Courses

The Master of Education in Higher Education program of study is composed of:

  1. required courses in the study of higher education — 15 credits
  2. culminating experience — 3 credits
  3. elective courses which provide greater depth of study in an area of interest to the student, including an internship experience — 6 credits
  4. focus courses in an area of professional practice in higher education — 6 credits

Note that students have the option of taking elective courses in an area of professional practice or designing their own program of study from electives offered in higher education or other relevant areas in the College of Education.

If you are a student interested in earning both the certificate in Institutional Research and the M.Ed. in Higher Education from Penn State, you will need a minimum of 36 credits to earn both the 30-credit M.Ed. and the 15-credit certificate.

Required Courses (15 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Foundations in the policy context and student characteristics of postsecondary education; analysis of issues and future trends in the field.

  • 3
    credits

    Explores concepts, methodologies and research practices that support campus decision-making: national data sets, planning and budgeting, enrollment management and enrollment forecasting, faculty studies and instructional analysis, institutional effectiveness and accreditation, educational effectiveness and student outcomes assessment.

  • 3
    credits

    This course is an overview of graduate study, professional careers, and professionalism in higher education.

  • 3
    credits

    This course gives students an overview of administrative leadership within higher education institutions. Students learn about organizational structure, governance, leadership, decision-making, internal and external constituencies, culture, resources, and organizational change. Brief discussions of key organizational theories are included but the course primarily focuses on administrative practice.

  • 3
    credits

    Numerous scholars, over many years, have explored a wide array of topics about college students — their preparation for college, their generalized and particularized characteristics, their behaviors in college, their attitudes about social issues, their relative success in achieving learning outcomes, their engagement (or lack thereof) with various components of the collegiate learning experience, their persistence, and the list goes on and on.

Culminating Experience (3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Creative projects, including nonthesis research, that are supervised on an individual basis and fall outside the scope of formal courses.

Emphasis Area (6 credits)

Administration (6 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Strategic planning and resource management in higher education through institutional research.

  • 3
    credits

    This course is an overview of the legal standards arising in higher education, including institutional legal obligations, the rights and responsibilities of faculty, staff, and students, and the legal and regulatory roles of states and the federal government.

Student Engagement (select 6 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Principles involved in teaching at the college level; effective use of teaching aids; criteria used in evaluation.

  • 3
    credits

    An overview of the academic advising profession and the role of academic advising in the collegiate setting

  • 3
    credits

    Academic program assessment/student outcomes in accountability and accreditation processes.

  • 3
    credits

    This course examines the nature and purpose of the student affairs profession, its functions, and how they can be effectively managed, coordinated, and integrated as part of student learning in American institutions. It also explores institutional strategies for organizing, staffing, and funding the large portfolio of programs, services, and facilities designed to facilitate student learning and development at different types of institutions.

Institutional Research (select 6 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Strategic planning and resource management in higher education through institutional research.

  • 3
    credits

    Teaches best practices and necessary skills in quantitative and qualitative research design, including sampling and basic measurement issues, research methods, survey research, interviews, focus groups, and selecting appropriate statistical tools.

  • 3
    credits

    Academic program assessment/student outcomes in accountability and accreditation processes.

  • 3
    credits

    Topics include measuring faculty workload, evaluating faculty research productivity, the uses and misuses of student ratings, assessment for promotion and tenure, and methodologies for conducting salary studies.

  • 3
    credits

    Studies three stages of enrollment management: Pre-admission, initial student experience, and student success and completion.

Electives (select 6 credits)

Choose from a list of elective courses in higher education with approval of a faculty adviser to satisfy 1–9 credits of this requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Supervised experience in administrative offices, in research, on instructional teams, and in college teaching. (Recommended for students without work experience in higher education.)

Course Availability

If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.

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