Higher Education Specialization

Study the relationships between planning and student learning through the Higher Education Specialization program. In this addition to your online degree program, learn how to improve your teaching skills to fit higher education classrooms and teach at a deeper, more engaging level. Courses will focus on ideologies, people, cultures, and movements that have had an impact on higher education. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.

Higher Education Specialization for Graduate Degrees

The Higher Education specialization explores factors that affect adult learning, and the organizational cultures that promote or inhibit learning. You will examine curriculum, assessment, and student development in the post-secondary environment. The specialization also addresses the foundations of the American higher education system and considers innovations that affect learning and the function of institutions in the 21st century. This graduate degree specialization consists of four (4), three (3) credit courses.

Degrees Offering the Higher Education Specialization

Graduate Higher Education Specialization Courses

EDU 653 Teaching in Higher Education

3 Credits

The course will examine education theories, methods, and strategies for the improvement of instruction in higher education. Emphasis will be placed on the unique challenges of teaching in a changing environment in higher education. Students will explore factors that affect adult learning and the organizational cultures that promote or inhibit learning.

EDU 654 Student Development in Higher Education

3 Credits

The course will examine student development theories from a socio-cultural and psychological developmental perspective. Factors affecting the teaching and learning related to the college environment will be analyzed. Theories of student development and their applications in student affair programs, services, and activities will be reviewed.

EDU 657 History & Philosophy of American Higher Education

3 Credits

The course will provide an overview of the historical development and cultural backgrounds of higher education in America. Emphasis will be placed on the major themes and developments in American higher education including the ideologies, people, cultures, and movements that have particularly influenced those developments. Current issues and trends in higher education will be explored.

EDU 662 Curriculum & Assessment in Higher Education

3 Credits

The course will study the relationships between planning and student learning at course, program, and institutional levels. Modes of curriculum design, development and change in higher education will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on examining curricular leadership and assessment strategies.