Certificate in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA)

Certificate in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA)

Educational Leadership

Certificate Program in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA)

Advisors: Dr. Ramona Lewis, Dr. Donna Talbot

This Certificate is designed to enhance the work of current professionals in Student Affairs and related positions by providing the theoretical and academic knowledge associated with the field. Applicants to this certificate program must be employed full-time in higher education, or be enrolled in another graduate program and demonstrate commitment to, and experiences, within higher education.

The 15-credit hour certificate:

  • Will provide basic theoretical and administrative knowledge of higher education and student affairs,
  • Is designed for full-time professionals working in student affairs or related administrative areas who do not have the academic background/training in higher education OR graduate students enrolled in another master’s program who demonstrate commitment to and experience working in higher education,
  • Includes one 3-credit hour field experience at the end for students to solidify their learning.

Following University and Graduate College policies, individuals who earn the Certificate in HESA may apply to the master’s program in HESA Leadership and use the courses completed toward their degree. Additionally, students pursuing the Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership may complete the certificate as part of their doctoral program.

Admission Criteria

(see ELRT Department web page for application):

  1. A completed Bachelor's Degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  2. Rationale and fit for pursuing the certificate (through a two page written statement).
  3. Hold a full-time professional position in higher education that is relevant to the certificate being pursued; Or be enrolled in another graduate program and demonstrate a commitment to, and experiences, within higher education, and have advisor approval.

HESA Certificate Admission Process

Courses

Required to complete the HESA Certificate (minimum of 15 credits):
All courses should be taken with the consultation of the HESA Faculty Advisor.

EDLD 6510 – Foundations of Student Affairs in Higher Education Credits: 3 hours
EDLD 6530 – The College Student Credits: 3 hours
EDLD 6580 – Field Experience in Higher Education and Student Affairs Credits: 3 hours

AND choose two of the following courses in consultation with approval of Faculty Advisor.

EDLD 6545 – Higher Education Environments and Administration: 3 hours
EDLD 6548 – Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education and Student Affairs: 3 hours
EDLD 6550 – Intervention Skills for Higher Education Professionals Credits: 3 hours
EDLD 6570 – Equity and Diversity in Higher Education: 3 hours
EDLD 6590 – Higher Education Law: 3 hours

Course Descriptions

Student Affairs and Higher Education Core

EDLD 6510: Foundations of Student Affairs, 3 credits
Introduction to the history of higher education, setting where the profession is practiced, and skills and competencies necessary to be successful in the field of student affairs.

EDLD 6530: The College Student, 3 credits
Examines the theoretical and research literature on contemporary college students from a variety of perspectives.

EDLD 6545: Higher Education Environments and Administration, 3 credits
This course examines leadership, management, and administrative practices in a variety of higher education environments.

EDLD 6548: Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education and Student Affairs, 3 credits
Course provides an overview of accountability and professional standards in higher education and student affairs administration and an introduction to assessment best practices in higher education and student affairs.

EDLD 6550: Intervention Skills for Higher Education Professionals, 3 credits
A theory-to-practice course that teaches basic interpersonal skills necessary for successful higher education professionals. Addresses crisis management skills, interventions, and approaches for handling different people in the higher education environment.

EDLD 6570: Equity and Diversity in Higher Education, 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to understand the individual and organizational issues of diversity and multiculturalism in U.S. higher education. 

EDLD 6590: Higher Education Law, 3 credits
Addresses the importance of knowledge of legal issues and their necessity for effective college administrators.

Field Experience

EDLD 6580: Field Experience in Higher Education and Student Affairs (300 clock hours)
Emphasizes practical experience in the students area of specialized interest within higher education and student affairs

Goals
The certificate is intended to provide full-time professionals in higher education with:

  • a working knowledge of the typical developmental changes that occur for most traditional aged students in college;
  • an understanding of the theory base and relevant literature that explains student development and behavior;
  • a basic understanding of the history and larger system of higher education from which to frame current issues and decisions made;
  • a working knowledge of relevant Constitutional law as it impacts administrative decisions in higher education;
  • relevant skills in developing interventions to work with difficult students/parents/colleagues and/or skills in assessing college environments.
 

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