M.Ed. Higher Education Course Descriptions

Program Links

EDLD 7331 – Foundations of Student Affairs in Higher Education(3)

This course covers the student services associated with divisions of student affairs in higher education settings.  The course is designed to trace the development and understand the philosophy of student services, and to explore the issues that face student affairs professionals in higher education settings.

EDLD 7430 – American Higher Education (3)

This course analyzes the evolution and organization of American higher education. Participants examine the dominant historical, philosophical, and social constructs which impacted American higher education. Consideration will be given to the roles and missions of vocational/technical institutes, 2-year and 4-year colleges, and comprehensive universities.  Prerequisite(s): Admitted to M.Ed. program or permission of instructor.

EDLD 7431 – Higher Education Administration(3)

Overview of the evolution and organization of American higher education administration. Examines the dominant leadership and managerial themes shaping the nation’s system of post-secondary education. Considers administrative and management precedents that shaped the structuring and management of vocational/technical institutes, 2-year and 4-year colleges, and comprehensive universities.

EDLD 7432 – History of American Higher Education(3)

This course is an analysis of the historical evolution of American higher education. The course examines the conceptual belief that American higher education is a culmination of historical development which directly influences every aspect of higher education administration. Considers historical precedents that shaped the structuring and management of vocational/technical institutes, 2-year and 4-year colleges, and comprehensive universities.

EDLD 8431 – Higher Education Law (3)

Explores basic legal precepts and their application to institutions of higher education, primarily using the case study method and discussion. Covers such topics as constitutional mandated of due process and equal protection, non-discrimination in employment and educational programs, privacy openness, contractual relationships with students, tenure and academic freedom, and faculty governance.

EDLD 8432 – Higher Education Finance(3)

Fiscal management and budgeting practices applicable to higher education institutions are the focus of this course. It is intended for persons seeking a working knowledge of budget development, financial management, and fiduciary control in vocational/technical schools, two-and four-year colleges, and universities.

EDLD 8433 – Higher Education Governance(3)

Examines the organizational dynamics of higher education institutions as well as traditional and emerging managerial patterns. The use of organizational models and paradigms enables participants to analyze a variety of contemporary issues and situations in higher education settings.

EDLD 8434 –  The Community College (3)

Examines the educational mission of the two-year post-secondary institution (vocational/technical institutes and community college). Particular emphasis is given to the philosophical, pedagogical and organizational underpinnings of two-year institutions with concentration on their historical development, student clientele, and educational mission.

EDLD 8439 – Politics of Higher Education (3)

This course explores the myth that politics and American higher education exist in separate worlds. Participants will examine the current “press” for institutional change and its political implications for two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and comprehensive universities. Manifestations of political influence systems at the federal and state levels will also be considered.

EDLD 8535 – College Student Development (3)

This course examine trends and changes in the characteristics of college students and the institutions they attend (cohort changes), research issues related to college impact (student change), and emerging theories and methodologies that address the consequences of attending college.  This course intends to provide a broad introduction to research on students in a broad range of developmental and sociological areas.

EDLD 8536 – Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education (3)

This course is designed to provides an understanding of current assessment and evaluation methods in higher education settings.  The course provides students with an introduction to the concept of institutional effectiveness, which focuses on an institution’s ability to use planning strategies and evaluation information to assess current performance and plan for improvement.  This course will also examine the design and appropriate implementation of assessment evaluation methods as they relate to various accreditation standards within higher education.

EDLD 8537 – Globalization and Higher Education

Candidates will explore the social, educational, economic, and political structures of globalization and the resulting impact on the mission and vision for higher education. Candidates will review major works on how higher education around the world has changed as a result of globalization and how higher education in the United States will meet the challenge to internationalize. Participants will focus on analysis of educational issues on a worldwide basis with opportunities to focus on a particular country and analysis of qualitative research methods as used in cross-cultural and comparative education studies.

EDLD 8735 – Higher Education Practicum (Must be taken in final semester (3)

Participants complete a supervised field experience under the direction of a practicing higher education administrator or supervisor.

ITEC 7430 – Instructional Design (3)

An introduction to systems theory as applied to the design of instructor. Examines principles of systems theory in the context of the design, development, selection and utilization of curriculum, instruction and instructional materials.

ITEC 7530 – Instructional Technology Foundations (3)

Instructional technology for Educators is an introduction to the use of the computer in the instructional process. The course focuses on the uses of the computer as a medium of instruction. Meets the Special Georgia Technology Requirement for Teacher Certification.

ITEC 7539 – Technology for Higher Education Leaders (3)

This course is designed to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions of higher education leaders for the appropriate selection and application of technology tools and resources.

EDUF 7130 – Learning Theories and Applications (3)

Examines the principles and theories of learning that serve as the basis for educational models and practices. Special emphasis is given to recent empirical findings and to practical applications and theory to educational settings.

EDUF 7235 – Multicultural Education (3)

Using an interdisciplinary approach, this seminar investigates underlying theoretical concepts and social assumptions that both inform and impede efforts in multicultural education.

EDUR 7130 – Educational Research (3)

A comprehensive overview of topics related to research as it is applied to educational settings. Emphasis is placed upon methods of quantitative and qualitative research, especially in regard to applied and basic research in education.

Last updated: 5/19/2020

Educational Leadership • PO Box 8083 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-1447 •