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2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Master of Education in Higher Education: College Student Affairs Leadership Emphasis

For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the College of Education section in this catalog.

Mission - Teaching, leading, and learning in a democratic society.

Philosophy - Believing that schools function as social and political entities as well as for the growth of individuals, the College of Education prepares teachers and leaders a) to enhance the academic and personal potential of their students, and b) to evaluate the social and ethical implications of educational policies and practices.

Values - The College of Education values expertise to guide our practice, equity to guide our interactions, liberal education to guide our perspectives, and social responsibility to guide our commitment to democratic education. We value these ideals in our preparation of candidates, our development of faculty, and our relationships with the larger community we serve.

The CSAL curriculum prepares students to become leaders and administrators in institutions of higher education in a variety of student affairs functional areas such as admissions, student orientation, residence life, student life, academic advising, recreation and wellness, financial aid, multicultural affairs, career services, international affairs, and judicial affairs.

Admission and Minimum Number of Hours in Program

The M.Ed. in higher education with an emphasis in college student affairs leadership requires a minimum of 42 semester hours. Students must be full-time and begin in fall semester only.

Program Location

DeVos Center, Pew Campus downtown Grand Rapids, MI


Requirements for M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Leadership

Each candidate for the M.Ed. degree with CSAL emphasis, complete the following:

Social Foundations of Education (choose one):

Research and Evaluation:

Emphasis Area requirements (24 credits):

Nine semester hours of electives:

  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Capstone (choose one):

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