Master of Science in Higher Education
Description and Outcomes
The Master of Science in Higher Education program is designed to prepare you to pursue higher education professions or enhance your current higher education career. Courses help you develop knowledge and skills and build a solid basis for professional practice. The program is designed to help you pursue positions in a wide range of postsecondary educational settings including universities, 4-year colleges, community colleges, private colleges and universities, and various credit and noncredit technical colleges and schools.
To help further your career goals, you can customize your degree by selecting one of three concentrations: college administration and leadership, college teaching, or student affairs.
The student affairs concentration offers you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a 120-hour internship experience. This concentration addresses specific standards of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) for graduate programs in student affairs and the standards of the Professional Preparation Commission of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).
The Master of Science in Higher Education program consists of a minimum of 50 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a master of science degree.
- Research Methods and Evaluation: Apply research methodology in designing and evaluating research studies in higher education.
- Organizational Behavior and Governance: Apply theories and principles of organizational behavior, governance, and leadership to operations within the profession of higher education.
- Assessment: Integrate assessment theory and methods along with the institutional mission, values, goals, and objectives to evaluate specific higher education programs.
- Ethics, Law, and Regulatory Compliance: Apply appropriate policies and practices using a range of ethical values, legal principles, and regulatory standards to the practices of the higher education community.
- Professional Practice: Contribute to the profession by making reasoned decisions informed by historical underpinnings and relevant theory in the performance of service and engaging in applied scholarship.
- Finance: Make reasoned financial decisions that maximize efficiency and efficacy of a broad range of resources available within higher education.
- Diversity/Multiculturalism: Assess cultural, individual, and role differences of various constituent and stakeholder groups that constitute the entire higher education community.
In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the professional competencies associated with your academic program in the graduate School of General Education section of this Catalog.
You must meet the below admissions requirements in addition to Kaplan University's general requirements.
Upon enrollment in the program, you must declare your choice of concentration. During the course of the program, you may change concentrations; however, previously completed courses may not transfer to the new course of study.
- You can enroll in no more than one course per term without written permission from the Dean of the School of Education.
- If you are enrolled in the student affairs concentration, you must have an approved criminal background check from the Kaplan University approved vendor on file prior to the first day of your first term. Please refer to the Additional Requirements for Graduate Programs section under Admissions Requirements for detailed information.
You are required to complete a 120-hour internship experience at one site as part of the student affairs concentration. This concentration meets the standards of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) for graduate programs in student affairs and the standards of the Professional Preparation Commission of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).
Prior to beginning your internship experience, you are responsible for participating in locating, selecting, and obtaining an agreement with an appropriate site that best fits your location preferences and meets program requirements. You are required to speak with the Clinical Placement Team to determine your exact responsibilities and process for site selection.
Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams
You are responsible for understanding the requirements of certification, state board, or national board licensing exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various certification and licensing exams, Kaplan University cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.
Most institutions require individuals teaching at the collegiate level to have the minimum of either a master’s degree in their teaching field or a master’s degree in college teaching and 18 semester hours (27 quarter credit hours) of graduate coursework in their teaching field. Please note that college teaching requirements vary by institution and program. You are responsible for verifying the requirements to teach in any program or institution of interest.
State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P–12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama's test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least 3 years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P–12 school system(s).
Please be advised that this program is NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and is NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for P-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at www.epsb.ky.gov/certification/outofstate.asp.
Specific School of Education master's degrees are not recognized for initial licensure in Tennessee and cannot be used to add endorsement areas to a Tennessee license. Potential students are strongly encouraged to confirm salary rating and license renewal policies with their school district and/or state department, when applicable.
Benefits for Tennessee K–12 teachers enrolled in the Master of Science in Education or the Master of Science in Education's educational leadership emphasis area include:
- Salary increase and/or licensure renewal1
- Career advancement, i.e., those completing the educational leadership emphasis area may gain the necessary leadership knowledge and skills to be eligible for a department chair or other nonlicensure administrative role
Benefits for career changers enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching's noncertification track include:
- Increased confidence in the classroom while working with adolescents in current role
- Greater preparation for state pedagogy exams and state-approved certification programs
- Salary increase1
Benefits of the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology include:
- Entry into a career as an instructional designer or instructional technologist
- Ability to fine-tune skills related to design, development, and evaluation of instructional programs, materials, and media
Check with your school district and/or the Tennessee Department of Education prior to enrollment.
|HE510||Foundations of Higher Education||5|
|HE520||Higher Education Laws and Regulations||5|
|HE530||Higher Education Organization and Governance||5|
|HE540||Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education||5|
|HE550||Higher Education Finance||5|
|IX540||Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology||5|
|Total Core Requirements||30|
|Concentration Courses (see below)||20|
|Total Concentration Requirements||20|
College Administration and Leadership
|HE511||Departmental and Divisional Leadership||5|
|HE513||Institutional Research and Strategic Planning||5|
|HE515||Educational Program Assessment||5|
|HE543||Assessment of Online Learning Programs||5|
|HE551||Student Affairs Foundation and Philosophy||5|
|HE553||Current Issues in Student Affairs in Higher Education||5|
|HE555||Student Affairs Administration in Ground and Virtual Environments||5|
|HE594||Student Affairs Internship||5|
|HE521||Teaching Adult Learners||5|
|HE523||Curriculum Design and Implementation||5|
|HE525||Student Learning Assessment Methods||5|
|HE545||Teaching and Learning Online||5|