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2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Master of Education in Higher Education - Adult and Higher Education 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.

This program is designed for persons who wish to develop their knowledge and competencies in working with adult and higher education students and for individuals who wish to enter student affairs administration in higher education.

Minimum Number of Hours in Program
The M.Ed. degree in higher education with an emphasis in adult and higher education requires a minimum of 36 credit hours.

Program Location
DeVos Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus, located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI

Requirements for M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education

Social foundations of education (choose one) (3 credits):

Research and evaluation (3 credits):

Emphasis area requirements (21 credits):

Electives (advisor approval required) (3 or 6 credits):

  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Capstone (choose one):

Students should meet with their advisor midway through their program to decide on a capstone and discuss plans for completion. Subject to department approval, capstone courses may be taken in variable amounts from one to three credits (693) or one to six credits (695) and require continuous enrollment each semester until completed.

Application deadlines (thesis/project): February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester.

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