Master of Arts in Education Higher Education

The Higher Education master’s program consists of 36 credits and is designed for persons pursuing careers in colleges and universities. The program prepares students to work in postsecondary institutions through exposure to the social, cultural, and organizational contexts of higher education, theories of leadership and student development, and current issues. Students develop the skills to practice informed decision making in their roles as higher education professionals and the program embraces a social justice perspective to professional practice.

Learning outcomes for the Master of Arts in Higher Education may be found at www.redlands.edu/MA-EDHE/learning-outcomes.

Core Courses

EDUC 603 Inquiry I: Introduction to Quantitative Research (3 Credits)

Elements of quantitative research and evaluation are covered. Familiarity with written conventions is developed. Introduces review of literature, problem definition, study design, data collection and analysis, and interpretation of statistics. Application to current practice is emphasized.

EDUC 604 Inquiry II: Introduction to Qualitative Research (3 Credits)

This course introduces the essential elements of qualitative research for all education master’s programs. Students will learn about the assumptions embedded in qualitative research, some of the different approaches to qualitative work, and engage in a small project to develop skills in data collection, analysis, and the communication of findings. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 603.

EDUC 669 Diversity in Higher Education (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to theory, research, and practice related to diversity in American higher education. Students learn about crucial topics such as those related to discrimination and privilege, as well as developing a critical understanding of what these issues mean for institutions and their own professional practice. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 607 or by permission of instructor.

EDUC 637 Master’s Seminar (3 Credits)

Culminating experience of the program. Students will have the opportunity to identify, explore, and research an area in depth and then communicate findings to the professional community. 
Prerequisites: permission from the School of Education and completion of EDUC 603 and EDUC 604.

Required Courses

Please note: for EDUC 666, students are eligible to accrue up to 3 credits by completing 120 fieldwork hours. Students may be eligible to accumulate 1 credit for every 40 fieldwork hours.

EDUC 607 Higher Education in the United States: Contexts and Populations (3 Credits)

This graduate survey course examines five themes in American higher education: (a) history of higher education, (b) educational access, (c) student populations, (d) roles of educators, and (e) current context.

EDUC 612 Popular Culture, Media and Higher Education (3 Credits)

This class explores the representation of higher education in popular culture and applies what is learned to higher education research and practice. Students consider the use of media as part of their professional practice. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 607.

EDUC 614 Organization Theory and Leadership in Higher Education (3 Credits)

Emphasis on theoretical perspectives of organization theory and management with a focus on colleges and universities. Introduction to organization theory, organizational structure, governance, and cultures of higher education.

EDUC 666 Fieldwork Practicum in Higher Education (1-3 Credits)

Independently designed learning experience focuses on a particular area of expertise in higher education. Students will be assigned a mentor to direct fieldwork experiences. 
Credit/no credit only.

EDUC 608 Evaluation and Assessment: Enhancing Program Effectiveness and Student Learning (3 Credits)

Emphasis on the evaluation of program efficiency, effectiveness, and impact, as well as the assessment of learning in and out of classroom settings in higher education. Intends to build the skills of planning, development, implementation, analysis, and communication of findings in projects related to evaluation and assessment. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 607 or by permission of instructor.

EDUC 609 Higher Education Law (3 Credits)

This course focuses on the legal issues that are involved with higher education. The course will specifically address historical legal cases in higher education, avenues of engagement, implications of verdicts, and analysis of current and future trends.

Elective Courses

Each candidate plans an additional 6-9 credits of coursework in consultation with their advisor. Topics courses address questions, theories, and practices related to a special topic or area in higher education. Recent courses include Women & Higher Education: Past and Present, Collegiate Athletics: Meaning, Role, & Purpose, Social Media & Higher Education, and Popular Culture & Higher Education.

EDUC 605 Community College Today (3 Credits)

Introduction to contemporary issues concerning community colleges today. Emphasis will be on the academic areas, as well as those facing student support services. Faculty and professional staff issues will also be addressed.

EDUC 606 Topics in Higher Education (0-3 Credits)

Topics courses address questions, theories, and practice related to a special topic or area in higher education. Prerequisite: EDUC 607 or by permission of instructor.

EDUC 624 Introduction to College Student Development Theory (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the main theories of college student development. Students will become familiar with and develop their own understanding of holistic, psychosocial, cognitive, and social identity theories related to college student development. Students will consider what these theories mean for their work in institutions of higher education. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 607 or by permission of instructor.

Student Affairs Track Required Courses

Students on the Student Affairs track will not complete the Elective Course requirement but will instead complete the following required courses:

EDUC 611 Introduction to College Student Affairs (3 Credits)

Student affairs is integral to students’ experiences and success. This introductory course examines four areas as a foundation for student affairs practice: 1) the historical context of student affairs; 2) philosophy and ethics of the profession; 3) functional units and their purpose; and 4) core concepts as part of student affairs practice. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 607.

EDUC 624 Introduction to College Student Development Theory (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the main theories of college student development. Students will become familiar with and develop their own understanding of holistic, psychosocial, cognitive, and social identity theories related to college student development. Students will consider what these theories mean for their work in institutions of higher education. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 607 or by permission of instructor.

EDUC 633 Working with College Students (3 Credits)

This course investigates the role and function of student affairs professionals working with college students. The various functional areas that comprise student services, contemporary issues in student services, and the role of assessment in student affairs will be addressed.
Prerequisites: EDUC 607 and EDUC 611.