Learn more about the courses in the higher education and student affairs leadership concentration in the educational leadership master's program in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University. Additional information available on the current students resources section of the website. Printable version.
Unless otherwise noted, all courses are three credit hours.
I. Leadership core
- EDLD 6020: Educational Leadership, Systems and Change
- EDLD 6791: Educational Leadership Master's Seminar, one credit
Section total: Four credits
II. Specialty core in Higher education and student affairs
- EDLD 6510: Foundations of Student Affairs in Higher Education
- EDLD 6530: The College Student
- EDLD 6545: Higher Education Environments and Administration
- EDLD 6548: Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education and Student Affairs
- EDLD 6550: Intervention Skills for Higher Education Professionals
- EDLD 6570: Equity and Diversity in Higher Education
- EDLD 6590: Higher Education Law
Section total: 21 credits
III. Field experience
- EDLD 6580: Field Experience in Higher Education and Student Affairs - 300 supervised field-based clock hours, with an online seminar, three credits
Students currently working full-time in appropriate higher education/student affairs position may be eligible to waive up to 150 hours of the Field Experience required clock hours. This will be determined with the faculty advisor. Students will complete the appropriate paperwork and reflective practice assignment to receive the waiver.
Section total: Three credits
IV. Diversity cognate
The WMU higher education and student affairs program was founded on and continues to emphasize issues of inclusion and access to higher education for historically marginalized and or under served student populations in higher education. One way this is actualized is through a required and individually designed diversity cognate, six credit hours selected by the student with help from an advisor. Courses for the diversity cognate should meet the stated goals and be approved by the faculty advisor.
- Diversity cognate courses. A variety of courses at WMU or beyond may fit. (Courses may range from 1 to 3 credits for a total of 6 credits). Sampling of previous courses have included:Asian American students in higher education, Global perspectives in higher education, LGBT students in higher education, Students with disabilities, Social justice mission of community colleges, Hispanics and Latinos in higher education, White privilege and White identity, Women in leadership, First-generation college students.
Section total: six credits
V. SPECIALTY ELECTIVE
Free Elective - Advisor approval required Students may choose a graduate level elective that aligns with HESA program goals and personal career interests with faculty advisor approval. Courses may include hot topic mini seminars, research courses, independent study, research projects, additional field work/internships, combinations of options and others. Students should provide the course description and clearly articulate how the free elective course aligns with HESA program goals and will assist in developing themselves as a practitioner-scholar for service in entry and mid-level positions in higher education.
Section total: three credits
VI. Capstone experience and portfolio development
- EDLD 6792: Capstone Seminar, 100 supervised field-based hours, plus seminar, plus portfolio
- Participation in a shorter (100 hour) advanced practicum experience coupled with a seminar course; and, development of an electronic portfolio representing all academic work and professional experiences during the master's program.
Section total: 2 credits
Program total: 39 credits
***See HESA 5-year Course plan and Suggested rotation of courses in HESA currents student resources section of website.