Higher Education (MA; EdS)

Master of Arts in Higher Education
Education Specialist in Higher Education

Department of Leadership and Educational Studies
Reich College of Education

Terry McClannon, Chair and Associate Professor
mcclannontw@appstate.edu

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies offers the following graduate degrees in higher education:

  • Master of Arts in Higher Education (Major Code: 454*/13.0406), with concentrations:
    • Adult and Developmental Education (454F)
    • Community College and University Leadership (454G)
    • Teaching (454E)
  • Education Specialist in Higher Education (Major Code: 455*/13.0406), with concentrations:
    • Adult and Developmental Education (455F)
    • Community College and University Leadership (455G)
    • Teaching (455E) - not open for admission at this time.

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies also offers graduate programs in Educational Media, Library Science, and School Administration. These programs are detailed under separate headings in this bulletin.

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies serves the education community and the public through:

  • foundations of education courses for teacher education majors.
  • research courses to help students develop skills and knowledge needed to understand the design, implementation, and evaluation of educational research.
  • graduate programs in public school administration; community college and university leadership, college teaching, adult and developmental education; library science; and educational media/instructional technology.

The Higher Education graduate program was founded in 1968 in response to the growing need for community college and university instructors and administrators in North Carolina postsecondary institutions. Although the program continues its original role, it now serves a national and international population of students and professionals concerned with postsecondary education. The program's purposes include:

  • preparing individuals for teaching and leadership roles in community college and university settings.
  • advancing the skills and knowledge of current two-year and four-year college and university professionals.
  • preparing students to design, deliver, and evaluate educational programs for adults in community colleges and universities, allied health programs, industry, the community, and other agencies and organizations offering adult education.
  • preparing students for doctoral-level studies.

Higher Education (M.A.) — prepares students who wish to work in postsecondary institutional settings. Students must select one of the following concentrations: Adult and Developmental Education, Community College and University Leadership, or Teaching. The teaching concentration is designed to prepare students to teach in two-year community colleges and four-year institutions. The degree in Higher Education does not lead to North Carolina public school administration and supervision licensure.

Higher Education (Ed.S.) — provides an advanced graduate degree beyond the M.A. for professionals in the area of postsecondary education. This degree is for individuals with a master's degree who are interested in advancing their careers, preparing for a doctoral program, or enhancing their practice in the areas of higher education leadership, teaching or developmental education in two- and four-year colleges or in adult education programming in an institution and organization. Students must select one of the following concentrations: Adult and Developmental Education, Community College and University Leadership, or Teaching. The Ed.S. in Higher Education meets the prerequisite of an Ed.S. from Appalachian to enter an off-campus cohort for the doctoral program at Appalachian. The Ed.S. in Higher Education is a non-licensure program and does not lead to North Carolina teaching, administration, or supervision licensure.

General Information for All Students: A student working toward a degree and/or licensure in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies must develop her/his Program of Study in consultation with an approved advisor. Candidacy forms must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research before the student has completed 12 semester hours of course work. Degree students taking courses without being officially assigned an advisor and receiving the advisor's approval do so at the risk of not having the courses approved as part of the degree program.

All electives must be approved by the student's advisor in all programs. Students pursuing or holding graduate degrees in other departments, and also seeking administration and supervision licensure, must take the necessary courses and internship prescribed by the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies.

Location of Program: The Higher Education programs are offered on campus in Boone in the format described in this Bulletin. Off-campus cohorts are started periodically, and follow a part-time extended program format. For information on upcoming off-campus cohorts, please contact the Office of Distance Education: distance.appstate.edu.

Community College Teaching (Non-Licensure) Professional Education Requirements in Programs Outside of Higher Education: In addition to the Teaching concentration in Higher Education, there are other programs that focus on college teaching. Majors available to students are: English, French, History, Mathematics, Spanish, and Technology. For required courses in the academic field, see the appropriate section. It is highly recommended that 6-12 s.h. of graduate professional higher education (HE) courses should be chosen with the advice and approval of the graduate advisor. Refer to specific information in the major department or contact the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE or MAT exam scores.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus and Off Campus; On-Campus and Off-Campus cohorts begin periodically and follow a part-time hybrid (mixture of face-to-face and online) format.

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Higher Education
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 36
 
Required Courses
  • RES 5000: Research Methods (3)
  • HE 5635: Adult Development and Learning Theories (3)
  • HE 5440: College and University Teaching (3)
  • HE 6861: American Higher Education (3)
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Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

Adult and Developmental Education Concentration (Code: 454F)

  • HE 5090: Adult and Developmental Education (3)
  • HE 5640: College Access and Student Success (3)
  • Completion of one of the following two options:
    • OPTION A:
      • 18 s.h. of advisor-approved graduate electives in a discipline such as English, reading, math, or ESL
    • OR OPTION B:
      • HE 5650: Curriculum in Higher Education (3)
      • HE 5720: Program Development (3)
      • HE 5730: Assessment and Evaluation (3)
      • HE 5740: Learning Assistance in Higher Education (3)
      • Choice of Thesis or Non-Thesis Option:
        • HE 5999 Thesis (6)
        • OR 6 s.h of graduate electives chosen based on career interests with the advice and approval of the graduate advisor

OR
Community College and University Leadership Concentration (Code: 454G)

  • HE 5430: Organization and Governance in Higher Education (3)
  • HE 5640: College Access and Student Success (3)
  • HE 5650: Curriculum in Higher Education (3)
  • HE 5700: Leadership in Higher Education (3)
  • HE 5840: Higher Education Finance (3)
  • HE 5990: Ethical and Legal Issues in Higher Education (3)
  • Choice of Thesis or Non-Thesis Option:
    • HE 5999 Thesis (6)
    • OR 6 s.h of graduate electives chosen based on career interests with the advice and approval of the graduate advisor

OR
Teaching Concentration (Code: 454E)

  • HE 5050: Designing Adult Learning Experiences Using Technology (3)
  • HE 6900: Higher Education Internship / Field Study (3)
  • 18 s.h. of advisor-approved graduate electives in a teaching/subject discipline chosen with assistance from faculty in the discipline
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Other Requirements for the Master of Arts in Higher Education:

  • Thesis: A thesis is optional for the concentrations in Adult and Developmental Education (454F) and Community College and University Leadership (454G), in lieu of elective courses. A thesis consists of 6 s.h. spread over a minimum of 2 semesters.
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Students must successfully complete a written comprehensive exam.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREE IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Admission Requirements: Master's degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE or MAT exam scores.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus and Off Campus; Off-Campus cohorts begin periodically and follow a part-time hybrid (mixture of face-to-face and online) format.

 Course Requirements for the Education Specialist Degree in Higher Education – (see next table for teaching concentration 455E)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 30
 
Required Courses
  • HE 6040: Readings in Postsecondary Education (3)
  • HE 6320: Institutional Effectiveness (3)
  • HE 6330: Organizing for Learning and Diversity (3)
  • RES 6000: Advanced Research Methods, Design and Application (3)
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Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

Adult and Developmental Education Concentration (Code: 455F)

  • HE 6090: Seminar in Adult and Developmental Education (3)
  • HE 6310: Critical Issues in Adult and Developmental Education (3)
  • HE 6370: Designing Culturally Responsive Learning Environments (3)
  • 3 s.h. of graduate electives chosen based on career interests with the advice and approval of the graduate advisor

OR
Community College and University Leadership Concentration (Code: 455G)

  • HE 6340: Policy Analysis in Higher Education (3)
  • HE 6350: Leading Organizational Change in Higher Education (3)
  • HE 6360: Organizational Analysis in Higher Education (3)
  • HE 6840: Personnel Policy and Practice in Higher Education (3)
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Thesis Option
  • Choice of Thesis or Non-Thesis Option:
    • HE 6999 Thesis (6)
    • OR 6 s.h of graduate electives chosen based on career interests with the advice and approval of the graduate advisor
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Course Requirements for the Education Specialist Degree in Higher Education - TEACHING CONCENTRATION (Code: 455E)

Semester Hours Required (minimum): 30 --- Not open for admission at this time

 
 
Required Courses 
  • HE 6040: Readings in Postsecondary Education (3)
  • HE 6650: Seminar in Postsecondary Education (3)
  • HE 6900: Higher Education Internship / Field Study (3)
 Concentration Courses
  • HE 6631: Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education (3)
  • 18 s.h. of graduate electives chosen based on career interests with the advice and approval of graduate advisor; these courses are to be taken in the teaching/subject discipline with the advice and approval of the graduate advisor and with assistance from faculty in the discipline
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Other Requirements for the EdS in Higher Education (ALL CONCENTRATIONS):

  • Thesis: A thesis is optional for the concentrations in Adult and Developmental Education (455F) and Community College and University Leadership (455G), in lieu of elective courses. A thesis consists of 6 s.h. spread over a minimum of 2 semesters.
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: During the final term in the program, the student must successfully complete a comprehensive written and oral examination.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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