M.S. Curriculum

Curriculum* (42 credits)

Core Classes (15 credits)

EDL 654 – Foundations of Educational Research in Higher Education (3)
Introduction to the diverse theoretical foundations of education inquiry and exploration of the diverse approaches used in empirical educational research to enhance practice.

EDL 667 – Diversity, Equity, and Dialogue in Student Affairs in Higher Education (3)
This course engages students on issues of equity, diversity, and dialogue in higher education and student affairs.

EDL 676 - Foundations of Student Affairs in Higher Education (3)
Addresses traditions to help students understand various theory and practice frameworks and begin to identify ones they will use in their everyday practice.

EDL 677 – Student Development Theory I (3)
The study of basic theoretical perspectives underlying college student development, assessment of development, and application of theory to the practice of student affairs.

EDL 706 – Educational Leadership and Organizational Development (3)
A study of concepts, literature, and research in leadership and their relationships to the development and maintenance of the organization.


Concentrations (Choose 1) (7 credits)

Student Development Theory

Explores the interpersonal, intrapersonal and cognitive dimensions of human development as they relate to college students (both traditional-age and adult learners) from multiple theoretical perspectives and for multiple populations; explores how individual differences, such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, and ability, mediate development; addresses how the environments and contexts in which students are situated, including those created by educators, mediate student development; emphasizes how to construct theory and critically evaluate existing theory; includes assessing students' development in relation to each of these dimensions; invites analysis of educators' personal development to build the developmental capacity to foster others' development; engages learners in forming a theoretical perspective upon which to ground professional practice.
EDL 670 —
Special Topics in College Student Identity (3)
Examines multiple social identities of college students, such as race, sexual orientation, and religion. Topics may include identity development, relationships among multiple identities, higher education access and equity issues, and ally development.Specific identity/identities covered in this course will differ by semester
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EDL 678 — Student Development Theory II (3)
In depth study and critique of selected student and adult development theories, assessment of students' development on those theories, and application to the practice of student affairs.
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EDL 656F — Professional Development and Field Experience - Ownership (4)

Student Affairs Leadership

Explores leadership topics and competencies within the context of higher education. It emphasizes skills in leadership, staff evaluation, supervision, and the strategic planning and management of organizational change. Students will: Explore philosophical positions regarding educational leadership and ethics; Understand the influence of institutional cultures and communities of practice on student affairs work; Identify organizational structures and environmental conditions that function to support student development; and Develop a personal leadership approach to effectively shape institutional initiatives that enhance student learning.
EDL 623 — Philosophy of Education (3)
Functions of education in American society. Survey of philosophical positions regarding education, with a focus on ethics. Applications of analysis to education problems.
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EDL 681 — Student Affairs Administration (3)
Experiential approach to the study of administration in student affairs organizations. Case studies, workshops, and small group assignments are used to develop skills in leadership, staff evaluation, supervision, and planning and management of change.
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EDL 685 — Educational Leadership and Spirituality (3)
This course examines key literature and pertinent issues related to spirituality and educational leadership such as character development, servant and ethical-moral leadership, and diverse faith traditions across multiple higher education contexts.
EDL 660C — Crisis Management and Organizational Change (3)
This seminar combines research literature and first-hand accounts of campus crisis management, which provide an introduction to emergency preparedness, response, and recovery, as well as the issues inherent to these functions.
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EDL 656F — Professional Development and Field Experience - Ownership (4)

Diversity, Equity and Culture

Explores social justice and multicultural education in student affairs; examines multiple anthropological and cultural conceptualizations of subcultures to understand student culture and its relationship to student affairs; explores the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of SAHE; examines the process of engaging in dialogues across identities, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, gender, and religion; explores a global perspective on student affairs practice through the study of how different cultures shape and inform systems of higher education and student affairs; invites students to develop a philosophy of diversity and equity; focuses on developing a multicultural and social justice-oriented perspective to guide inclusive student affairs practice.
EDL 621 — Foundations of Multi-cultural Education (3)

This course invites students to become familiar with theories related to the sociocultural and their relationship to schooling or other educational agencies and understand schools, universities, and community educational organizations from a cultural perspective.
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EDL 672 —  Intergroup Dialogue in Higher Education (3)
This course provides students an opportunity to engage in dialogue across identities, such as race, sexual orientation, social class, gender, and religion. 
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EDL 680 —  Special Topics in Equity and Diversity (3)
This seminar examines multiple anthropological and cultural studies conceptualizations of subcultures, applying these theoretical insights to college students and student affairs.
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EDL 690 —  International Perspectives on Student Affairs (3)
Through comparative study and site visits students will explore how different cultures shape and inform societies' systems of higher education and student services. This study abroad course emphasizes developing a global perspective on student affairs practice. 
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EDL 656F — Professional Development and Field Experience - Ownership (4)

Inquiry in Education

Emphasizes understanding the philosophical foundations of quantitative and qualitative research; explores various approaches to effective inquiry and their role in enhancing theory and practice; prepares learners to be informed consumers of student affairs and higher education research; prepares learners to conduct effective inquiry.
EDL 661 — Introduction to Quantitative Research in Higher Education (3)

This seminar focuses on the relationship between data and statistical analyses using hands-on opportunities to run analyses using SPSS software. Prepares the student to read and evaluate quantitative research articles and to apply and interpret statistical analyses. This course counts as a concentration course unless taken to fulfill the inquiry requirement.
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EHS 668 — Behavioral Statistics (3)
Advanced concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics are discussed. This course stresses the logical interpretation of results.
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EDL 683 — Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education (3)
This course examines the ontological, epistemological, and methodological foundations of qualitative research. The seminar uses qualitative research exemplars drawn from higher education in general and Student Affairs in particular. The aim of this course is to assist students to become informed consumers of qualitative Student Affairs research.  This course counts as a concentration course unless taken to fulfill the inquiry requirement. 
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EDL 772 — Advanced Research Design (Quantitative) (3)
Advanced Quantitative Research in Education. Students identify a research problem and apply analytic and design skills necessary to develop a dissertation proposal.
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EDL 656F — Professional Development and Field Experience - Ownership (4)


Professional Development & Field Experiences (7 credits)

EDL 656G – Professional Development and Field Experience in Student Affairs - Exploration (taken during Spring of first year) (4)
Spring semester, students enroll in this course to help connect their studies in the classroom to their work performance outside the classroom.

EDL 656I – Professional Development and Field Experience in Student Affairs –Capstone & Synthesis (taken during Spring of second year) (3)

Each semester, students enroll in this course to help connect their studies in the classroom to their work performance outside the classroom.


Inquiry (3 credits)

EDL 661 – Quantitative Research in Higher Education (3) or

EDL 683 – Qualitative Research in Higher Education (3)


Electives (10 credits)

Electives may include, but are not limited to, additional supervised practice or internship hours, independent studies, graduate courses outside of the program, and/or additional SAHE classes outside of the required course load.

*42 hour curriculum went into effect beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.