Higher Education, M.Ed.

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

About the Program

The M.Ed in Higher Education is intended for early- and mid-career individuals aspiring to serve as administrators in a variety of settings, including colleges and universities, community colleges, higher education systems, proprietary/vocational institutions, and college access and pathway programs. The distinctive feature of the M.Ed. program is its structured concentration design and emphasis on urban issues and themes of equity and access in postsecondary education.

Extending Temple’s traditional commitment to social justice and educational opportunity, this program develops expert practitioners, i.e., those who can enact the kinds of changes that are necessary to meet state and federal college completion goals, improve equity in student postsecondary outcomes, strengthen the role of higher education for the public good, and create structures and cultures that are conducive to student success.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: Students complete the degree program in a hybrid format, both through classes offered after 5:30 p.m. and online courses. The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Areas of Specialization: The program offers concentrations in Access and Success, Institutional Effectiveness, and Student Affairs Leadership.

Job Prospects: Graduates are prepared to seek employment in a variety of professional areas in higher education, including academic advising, academic support, admissions, advancement, athletics, business services, counseling and health services, facilities, financial aid, human resources, institutional research and planning, learning centers, multicultural and diversity affairs, public relations, residence life, and training and development.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Students may take up to, but not more than, 9 credits of graduate study in the program before being admitted to the program. The credits transfer into the program, if the student is admitted. Students completing non-matriculated courses before being admitted to the program are NOT guaranteed admission.

Financing Opportunities: Financial support opportunities may include scholarships, tuition remission, and other financial aid such as grants, loans, and federal work study.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: March 1
Spring: November 1

Applicants should submit all required admissions documents by the application deadline to receive priority consideration for admission and financial support.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2, with a third submitted at the applicant's discretion. Please submit the "Reference Report for Graduate Study," found at http://www.temple.edu/grad/admissions/documents/Web_GRAD_REFERENCE_REPORT.pdf.

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members and others who can provide insight into the applicant's academic competence.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration: All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A bachelor's degree is required. Applicants who do not meet the 3.0 UGPA requirement may be considered for admission if they meet one of the following exceptions:

  1. Standard exception: 3.5 UGPA during the last two years AND a minimum of 3.25 Graduate GPA for 9 credits (typically taken as a non-matriculated student in the program prior to application for admission).

  2. Special exception: Applicants who do not meet regular admission criteria may be considered for a special exception if a compelling case can be made for admission on the basis of some additional source of data.

Statement of Goals: In 500 to 1,000 words, outline your interest in seeking a degree with a specific focus on the career to which you aspire, your interests, and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.

Standardized Test Scores:

TOEFL score (international applicants only): 88 iBT or 575 PBT minimum. Applicants with scores between 88 and 100 iBT or between 575 and 600 PBT must take an English refresher course.

Resume: Current resume required.

Transfer Credit: Courses may be transferred from an accredited institution provided they were completed less than five years ago and are relevant to the program. The academic advisor makes the decision about the relevancy of the courses that the student desires to transfer. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Core Courses
EDUC 5101Critical Understanding of Social Science Research3
HIED 5101Introduction to Higher Education3
HIED 5102Administration of Higher Education3
HIED 5103Access and Equity in Higher Education3
HIED 5104College Students and Development Theory3
Concentration Courses9
Select the courses identified for the chosen concentration:
Access and Success
Diversity Issues in Higher Education
Higher Education Economics and Finance
Getting into College: Strategic Enrollment Management
Institutional Effectiveness
Organizational Assessment, Design and Strategy
Introduction to Statistics and Research
Planning and Assessment in Higher Education
Student Affairs Leadership
Counseling Psychology Laboratory I
Diversity Issues in Higher Education
Student Affairs in Higher Education
Elective 13
Capstone Course
HIED 9995Master's Capstone in Higher Education3
Total Credit Hours30
1

One elective is taken to fulfill the requirements for the M.Ed. in Higher Education. The elective must be selected from the lists presented below.

Students may select any course listed in the Free Elective List or the Advisor's Permission List below to fulfill the required 3-credit elective, except for any course already required as part of their chosen concentration.

Free Elective List

Teaching in Higher Education
Diversity Issues in Higher Education 1,2
Higher Education Economics and Finance 1
Getting into College: Strategic Enrollment Management 1
Planning and Assessment in Higher Education 3
Student Affairs in Higher Education 2
Gender Issues in Education
Leadership in Higher Education
Law and Policy in Higher Education
The Community College
1

Cannot be selected by students in the Access and Success concentration.

2

Cannot be selected by students in the Student Affairs Leadership concentration.

3

Cannot be selected by students in the Institutional Effectiveness concentration.

Advisor's Permission List

Conflict Resolution in Education
Sociocultural Dynamics
Organizational Assessment, Design and Strategy 1
Theories of Counseling Psychology
Multicultural Counseling
Introduction to Counseling Psychology
Counseling Psychology Laboratory I 2
Introduction to Qualitative Research
Introduction to Statistics and Research 1
Tests and Measurements
Intermediate Educational Statistics
Service Learning and Community Development
School-Community Partnerships in Urban Settings
1

Cannot be selected by students in the Institutional Effectiveness concentration.

2

Cannot be selected by students in the Student Affairs Leadership concentration.

Culminating Events:
Capstone Course:
Students complete HIED 9995 Master's Capstone in Higher Education as their culminating event.

Courses

HIED 5101. Introduction to Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

The purpose of this introductory seminar is to provide a foundation in the theory, research and practice of higher and post-secondary education. This course examines the history and philosophy as well as contemporary issues related to the development, missions, and functions of American colleges and universities. The course introduces graduate students to the interdisciplinary field of higher education which bridges theory, practice, policy and empirical scholarship. Course content aims to enhance and develop students' abilities to critically understand higher education as a site of opportunity and challenge and how these institutions continue to adapt to social, political, economic and demographic forces.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIED 5102. Administration of Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to help students develop their own practices as principled and effective higher education leaders. Successful administrators have to understand the complexity of the organizations in which they work as well as the political, economic, and social ecosystems in which those organizations are situated. This course helps students understand how to situate particular higher education administrative challenges (retention and student success, equity, learning and assessment, etc.) within the complex organizational and governance structures of higher education institutions. The course also explores theories of organizational culture, learning and change through which administrators can effectively make sense of and address the most pressing challenges in higher education.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIED 5103. Access and Equity in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

This course covers theory and best practices to help professionals better prepare students underrepresented in higher education for what it takes academically and personally to enroll in and transition through college and onto careers. Focal areas will include: pre-college programs created and designed to assist these underrepresented students and connecting student access and success programs as partners with institutions of higher learning. This course will also provide strategic planning models to assist course participants in analyzing how access and success programs can be an integral part of an institution. Students gain more knowledge of access and equity concerns and the resources necessary to help students successfully navigate postsecondary opportunities.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIED 5104. College Students and Development Theory. 3 Credit Hours.

This course covers theories, perspectives and research that inform contemporary college students' development and experiences. The study of American college students reflects the history and development of social and cultural issues that have marked the society's general development. The perspectives and experiences of contemporary students in colleges and universities inform institutional policy as well as directives for the larger society. This is an introductory course focused on students in higher education as an area of professional practice and research. Course content examines theory and college as theoretical context, student development and identity formation within and beyond higher education institutions and links theory with professional practice.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIED 5201. Diversity Issues in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

While colleges and universities have historically struggled to attract and retain students from diverse populations, growing political, economic and ethical demands of the day have forced many to revisit their institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion. This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to critically examine the impact of diversity on all postsecondary stakeholders including students, staff, faculty members, administrators, policy makers, local community members and employers. Using various theoretical models, this course will also help students develop a shared language around diversity, assess institutional missions and responses to diversity and inclusion, and finally, to develop a knowledge base to support strategies for inclusive advising and student support practices in higher education.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIED 5202. Higher Education Economics and Finance. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides aspiring leaders, administrators and academics with an overview of economics and finance in higher education. The premise of this course is that in today's increasingly demanding higher education environment, with challenges such as budget cuts, rising institutional costs, tuition pressures, affordability, access and success, the most effective higher education leader must possess at least a basic understanding of postsecondary economics and finance. This course is designed to instill that knowledge, as well as to provide students with an opportunity to critically analyze the literature, issues, and recent trends, for purposes of both practical application and ongoing research.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIED 5203. Getting into College: Strategic Enrollment Management. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on topical issues in enrollment management in higher education and is intended to serve as an introductory seminar. As such, it aims to provide a forum for thoughtful and meaningful discussion of readings and materials related to strategic activities in enrollment management. The course supports the notion that practice of admissions is not a singular independent activity, but in fact, is an integral part and linked to what we know about the development, mission, and current student profile issues that influence institutional practice. Therefore, the course uses current readings and research (e.g., journal articles, books, higher educational newspapers, reports, and internet resources) to examine issues at the core knowledge base of enrollment management theory and practice in higher education.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIED 5301. Planning and Assessment in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an overview of the accreditation, planning and assessment processes in higher education. It is a graduate-level seminar designed to introduce students to theory, uses, and outcomes of planning in higher education. Strategic planning is a long-standing practice in the business world, but planning--as a proactive and integrated activity--is an expanding practice in American colleges and universities. The course explores accreditation processes particularly how institutional self-assessment and adherence to standards for student learning outcomes assure higher education's internal and external publics that accredited institutions are fulfilling their stated purposes and addressing public and policy expectations.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIED 5401. Student Affairs in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a survey to student affairs as an area of professional practice in higher education. Course content examines the organization and administration of student affairs in postsecondary institutions in the United States and also encourages the application of research and theory to student affairs practice. Specifically, theories, research, and methods are introduced to encourage reflective application to professional practice. Learning objectives and outcomes for the course will be achieved by exploring the following topics: administrative environment of student affairs; organizational and management issues related to student affairs; essential skills and competencies for student affairs administrators and leaders; diversity/equity issues in student affairs; assessment; professional development; and future challenges and opportunities for professional practice in the field.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIED 5502. Digital Education Leadership. 3 Credit Hours.

This course develops prospective online higher education leaders' vision, skills, and knowledge necessary to responsibly facilitate and sustain online education programming within post-secondary institutions. The premise of this course is that in today's increasingly digitized and online higher education environment-–one that has given rise to new forms of faculty development, academic support systems, interdepartmental relationships, and federal/state policies–-the successful higher education leader must nurture a vision that will advance both the institution's mission and diverse learners' individual goals. This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to critically analyze the literature, emergent trends, and various professional standards for purposes of both practical application and ongoing evaluative research.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIED 5801. Gender Issues in Education. 3 Credit Hours.

This graduate-level seminar serves as a survey of gender issues across the education pipeline. Course content is based on studies of primary, secondary and college settings with implications for administration and leadership. This course examines gender issues including identity development and constructions within diverse education spaces. Placing gender at the center of discussion about education, this course connects research to practice and policy. The perspectives and experiences of contemporary students as well as educators inform this "practice and policy" of gender. Although gender is at the heart of this course, considerable emphasis is also placed on the intersection of race, class and sexual orientation in education.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIED 5802. Leadership in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

While many higher education classes on leadership focus on the functional roles and hierarchical structures of leaders within postsecondary educational institutions, this class centers on the development and expression of individual leadership qualities. Current theories of leadership will be explored as well as the interpersonal skills necessary to be an effective leader within higher educational institutions. Topics will include: The self-reflective leader, career planning assessments, leadership theories and practices, communication skills for leaders and reflections and recommendations from current exemplary leaders in colleges.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIED 5803. Law and Policy in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide an intensive theoretical and pragmatic inquiry into the ways that higher education administrative practice is regulated. The course examines regulation not just in terms of the legal institution (i.e., case law and the courts) but also as the array of social and political structures that impact the delivery and management of postsecondary education. In addition to major legal events and controversies impacting higher education, students will become familiar with key federal regulation, state and federal policy, and internal institutional regimes of authority, as well as "soft" regulatory mechanisms of markets and social norms. The course helps students understand the nature of law, policy, and regulation as social structures impacting practice in higher education, and provides a critical overview of current key areas of law, policy, and regulation influencing practice in higher education.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIED 5804. The Community College. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides a critical analysis of the characteristics, scope, public policy issues, and impact of community and two-year colleges in the United States. Institutional types presented in this course include traditional community colleges, two-year colleges, junior colleges, proprietary schools, and branch campuses. The course introduces students to historical landmarks in the development of community colleges; describe and analyze the impact and implications of the current characteristics, status, and student demographics of community colleges including their role in increasing national college graduation rates. Community colleges' position and role in the higher education landscape are investigated with attention to their external organizational systems and financial structure including state systems, university systems, corporate structures, and other affiliations. A wide range of curricula issues are examined, including transfer articulation agreement, liberal arts, vocational/technical/career, continuing and digital education, and developmental/remedial programs.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIED 9995. Master's Capstone in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

In this course, students completing a master's degree in higher education will work with an advisor to construct a capstone project. Drawing on the program's core ideas students will complete a summative project in which they apply these ideas to a real-world problem in the field. The final product for the course will include a written document summarizing this work.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Contacts

Program Web Address:

http://education.temple.edu/academics/masters-programs

Department Information:

Dept. of Policy, Organizational and Leadership Studies

College of Education

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091

educate@temple.edu

215-204-0999

Submission Address for Application Materials:

http://apply.temple.edu/coe

Department Contacts:

Admissions:

Office of Enrollment Management

educate@temple.edu

215-204-0999