2019-2020 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Master of Education in Higher Education - Adult and Higher Education Emphasis
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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.
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):
- EDF 671 - Educational Policy and Practice (3 credits)
- EDF 672 - Social/Cultural Foundations of Education (3 credits)
Research and evaluation (3 credits):
Emphasis area requirements (21 credits):
- EDH 648 - The Adult Learner (3 credits)
- EDH 650 - Materials and Methods for Adult and Continuing Education (3 credits)
- EDH 651 - Higher Education and Student Affairs Functions (3 credits)
- EDH 652 - The American College Student (3 credits)
- EDH 656 - Organization and Administration in Higher Education (3 credits)
- EDH 657 - The Community College (3 credits)
- EDH 658 - Critical Issues in Higher Education (3 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 (EDH 693) or one to six credits (EDH 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.