Higher Education Administration, Master of Science

(36 semester hours)

The Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration prepares individuals for a variety of mid-level careers in public and private two-year colleges, four-year institutions, and universities. Examples of career opportunities include, but are not limited to, leadership positions in student services, enrollment management, institutional advancement, alumni affairs, and institutional research. The program of study is designed to include required core courses (12 credits) as well as a concentration (electives 24 credits). An internship adds practical experience to the learning process. In general, the curriculum is designed to provide students with the appropriate knowledge about the professional field and, at the same time, it grounds students in a theoretical framework necessary to guide current and future study and career development in higher education.

The M.S. in Higher Education Administration focuses on:

  1. Demonstrating knowledge of the foundations and scope of higher education administration
  2. Demonstrating knowledge of professional practice related to an academic enterprise including management skills such as problem solving, planning, dele- gating, budgeting, fundraising, assessing, and evaluating; human relations skills that include managing interaction, communication; contributing to organizational and individual development; and, supporting students through their development and growth.

I. Professional Education and Core Courses: 12 semester hours

EDUC 501Research Theory


EDUC 502Multidisciplinary Foundations of?Education


EDUC 554Contemporary Learning Theories


PSYC 514Human Development


II. Concentration: 24 semester hours

HE 525Student Issues in Higher Education


HE 530College Finance and Strategic Planning


HE 605Communication Theory and Organizational?Dynamics


HE 609Law and Policy in Higher Education


HE 640Program Evaluation: Learning?Outcomes/Assessment


COUN 505Career Development I



COUN 532Multicultural Issues for Prof Coun?Professionals



Approved elective that complements student career goals (up to 6 credits)


HE 592Internship in Higher Education


HE 555Professional Contribution/Thesis


HE 592: Full-time (300 hours) or Part-time[1.5 (150 hours), 1.5 (150 hours)]. Internships are available in the Fall and Spring semesters only.

HE 555: EDUC 555

Teacher Preparation Programs: Reading Education Program

The goal of the Reading Education program is to equip teachers with the knowledge and expertise needed to teach reading to children and adults.

Each course stresses both the theories resulting from the latest research and the practical application of these theories in the classroom.

Students may obtain a Master of Science degree in Reading Education, which includes the Reading Specialist certification (PK-12) or obtain only the Reading Specialist certification (PK-12).

The areas of study include:

  1. Nine semester hours in the field of education, to give the student an adequate background in research techniques, theories of learning, and foundations of education.
  2. Twenty-four semester hours in the area of reading to give students an understanding of:
    1. recent research in the field of reading and how it affects the teaching of reading;
    2. tried and approved methods of teaching reading;
    3. diagnosis and remediation of reading problems;
    4. organization and management of the reading classroom.

In addition to the successful completion of designated coursework, students are required to complete a Professional Contribution under the direction of a faculty mentor and give a public presentation of their projects.