Higher Education Concentration
Preparing Students for Positions in Higher Education and Student Personnel
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership - Higher Education concentration is appropriate for those interested in pursuing entry or mid-level staff positions in higher education and student personnel areas. Students will increase their knowledge of leadership principles and how they apply to the various areas of the institution and to working with students and other members of the university community.
Do You Like...
- Interacting with college students on a daily basis?
- Supporting others in their higher education endeavors?
- Engaging in research related to higher education or college student development?
- Learning about students from diverse cultures and how to be inclusive in your daily work?
- Traveling to and presenting at educational conferences?
- Being able to take online classes and still work towards your career?
Did You Know...
- You can network with others who work in higher education and student affairs through this program?
- Our alumni are employed in higher education and student affairs positions at colleges and universities across the nation?
- There are scholarship and graduate assistantship opportunities available to online students?
- Earning a Master's degree in Higher Education enhances your career and terminal degree options?
- There are opportunities to research and present at conferences with other higher education and student affairs professionals?
- Our program is closely connected to ETSU's Division of Student Life and Enrollment?
- You will apply what you are learning in discussions, assignments, and your current work settings?
Students who aren't already working full time may be interested in a graduate assistantship. The division of Student Life and Enrollment has a number of GA positions that are great for students in this program. For more information on graduate assistantships, please visit the Graduate School website.
The curriculum revisions have been approved! Students entering the program beginning fall 2021 will take the following courses:
- ELPA 5820 - Higher Education in America (3 credits)
- COUN 5722 - Student Development and the College Environment (3 credits)
- ELPA 6050- Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (3 credits)
- EDFN 5950- Methods of Research (3 credits)
- ELPA 5822 - Legal Issues in Student Personnel (3 credits)
- ELPA 6550 - Small Group Leadership (3 credits)
- ELPA 5830- Student Personnel Administration (3 credits)
- ELPA 6452 -Effective Organizational Cultures (3 credits)
- ELPA 6954 - Program Evaluation (3 credits) or COUN 5723 - Evaluation & Administration of College Counseling & Student Affairs (3 credits)
- COUN 5721 - Trends and Issues in Higher Education (3 credits)
- ELPA 6460 - Professional Issues in Higher Ed (3 credits)
- ELPA 6580 - Capstone in Higher Ed (3 credits) or ELPA 6581 Internship in Higher Ed (3 credits)
Although the course sequencing is designed for students to begin matriculation in the fall semester, we will accept applications for both fall and spring semesters.
Congrats to the May 2021 Graduates!
- Laurel Cox
- Haillie Morelock
- Seth Proffitt
- Jessica Robinette
Calvin Claggett ('19 grad) was named Director of External Operations and Equity + Inclusion in ETSU's Department of Intercollegiate Athletes.
Justice Turner (Dec '20 grad) is an Assistant Hall Director at Georgia State University.
Several current students have new positions!
Jean Colello is the new Manager of the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program at Volunteer State Community College. The TRIO SSS Program is a federally funded program through the US Department of Education designed to provide eligible students increased educational opportunities to promote academic success. The overall goal is to support students through educational and retention strategies that lead to graduation and/or transfer to a four-year institution. In her new role, Jean will oversee the program and along with her staff, coordinate the services for 200 students.
Lindsay Alderman Hager is a new Student Success Advisor in the Student Success Center at Nashville State Community College where she provides mentorshipp and support, delivers guidance on academic goals and plans, connects students to campus and community resources, and guides students through non-academic and academic challenges. Student Success Advisors are a student's biggest cheerleader as they pursue their academic and career goals!
We are fortunate to have a cadre of student affairs professionals who serve on our advisory board. They have been instrumental in making suggested changes to our curriculum (which you will see in the next months!).
The Advisory Board members:
Dr. Leah Adinolfi, Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement
Dr. Jake Allen, Director, New Student & Family Programs
Dr. Jeffrey Alston, Director, University Career Services
Katy Beall, Systems Coordinator, ID Services
Joanna Cyrier, Advisor, College of Clinical & Rehabilitative Health Sciences
Dr. Adam Green, ETSU Chief of Staff
Carshonda H. Martin, Director, Multicultural Center
Heather Levesque, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Jonathan Mitchell, Manager, Student Apartments, Housing & Residence Life