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  • Curriculum: Standard Specialization Track

    Core

    HE 510: FOUNDATIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION (5 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of the historical development of tertiary educational institutions in the United States. There is a particular focus on the constantly evolving functions of its various sectors (e.g., universities, colleges, and community colleges) through examination and discussion of the evolution of tertiary institutions from their medieval European origins as Studia Generalia to the contemporary social functions, organizational structures, funding, and guiding principles and values of America's approximately 3,000 tertiary institutions.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 520: HIGHER EDUCATION LAWS AND REGULATIONS (5 Credits)

    This course explores the legal environment of postsecondary educational institutions in the United States through an examination of legal structures, principles, and analysis. Specifically, this course will focus on the competing interests, rights, and responsibilities of state and federal governments, institutions, faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders in various higher education settings.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 530: HIGHER EDUCATION ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNANCE (5 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of the organizational governance of educational institutions in the United States in an international context through examination and discussion of models of institutional governance, academic organization, and higher education constituencies, and their respective roles and responsibilities.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 540: MULTICULTURALISM AND DIVERSITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION (5 Credits)

    This course explores the educational participation of diverse groups in higher education. Students will gain a further understanding of issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, age, and disability affecting students in colleges and universities, including how these issue impact curriculum. Students will evaluate how institutions address issues of multiculturalism and diversity as well as their own attitudes, beliefs, and practices.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 550: HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCE (5 Credits)

    This course focuses on institutional finance and analysis of the factors contributing to institutional productivity. You will examine different approaches to funding higher education, the state appropriations process, accreditation, and federal issues such as financial aid. You will also examine the institutional budget process and different approaches to budgeting, the importance of financial leadership and transparency, the concepts of “reengineering” and Total Quality Management (TQM) as applied in higher education, and the effects of technology on productivity.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 50

    IX 540: RESEARCH METHODS FOR EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This practitioner-oriented course is designed to allow students to explore methodologies, designs, and tools used for research in higher education, K-12, military, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. Students will critically analyze readings and examples of research, and plan an applied research proposal on an approved topic in the field of education or instructional design and technology. Other learning activities include reviewing data analysis techniques and examining ethical standards for conducting research.

    Prerequisites Required:

     None  

     

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 50

    Specialization—College Teaching and Learning

    HE 521: TEACHING ADULT LEARNERS (5 Credits)

    This course provides participants with the information necessary to comprehend, assess, and evaluate the foundational aspects of andragogy, which includes historical influences, theories and models, contemporary and international perspectives, the use of technology, teaching in a variety of higher education settings, and the development of and reflections on teaching and learning in adulthood.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Teaching and Learning Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 523: CURRICULUM DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION (5 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of various strategies, techniques, and methods to design and implement curricula in postsecondary institutions. The course emphasizes calls for reform, need for academic plans, curricular consideration of academic disciplines and fields, influences of learners, instruction, and administration.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Teaching and Learning Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 525: STUDENT LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHODS (5 Credits)

    This course presents historical developments, theoretical perspectives, and fundamental approaches to student learning. Students learn to apply various contemporary methods used to assess learning outcomes effectively in classrooms throughout the various college and university classifications and to discuss international perspectives.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Teaching and Learning Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 545: TEACHING AND LEARNING ONLINE (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the technological innovations, pedagogical developments, and strategies for quality online education through an examination of the theory and processes of designing, delivering, and assessing online learning.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Teaching and Learning Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    Specialization—College Administration and Leadership

    HE 511: DEPARTMENTAL AND DIVISIONAL LEADERSHIP (5 Credits)

    This course provides students with a foundation in leadership theory and practices applicable to academic departments and other divisional units within higher education. This course is designed to help prepare students to successfully function in academic, middle-management positions such as department chair, division chair, assistant dean, dean, and other similar leadership roles.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Administration and Leadership Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 513: INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH AND STRATEGIC PLANNING (5 Credits)

    In this course, you will explore the role of institutional research and its relationship with other administrative and strategic processes within institutions of higher education. The institutional research profession and common functions of institutional research offices are introduced. You will also examine effective techniques for collecting and reporting data in higher education, and consider how data is used for decision making and strategic planning.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Administration and Leadership Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 515: EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ASSESSMENT (5 Credits)

    This course explores theories and processes of measuring student learning in postsecondary educational settings to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs. Specifically, this course focuses on involving stakeholders in a culture of assessment, clearly defining learning goals, developing learning assessment plans, and using assessment data to improve teaching and learning.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Administration and Leadership Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 543: ASSESSMENT OF ONLINE LEARNING PROGRAMS (5 Credits)

    This course presents a comprehensive overview of the quality online program, as outlined by accreditation procedures and standards. Students will learn the systems approach of assessment to evaluate programs and the organization, and consider approaches to establishing a culture of assessment to support online learning. Additionally, the course addresses the development of online curriculum and the alignment of outcomes with assessment instruments.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Administration and Leadership Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    Specialization—Online College Teaching

    HE 521: TEACHING ADULT LEARNERS (5 Credits)

    This course provides participants with the information necessary to comprehend, assess, and evaluate the foundational aspects of andragogy, which includes historical influences, theories and models, contemporary and international perspectives, the use of technology, teaching in a variety of higher education settings, and the development of and reflections on teaching and learning in adulthood.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—Online College Teaching Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 527: ASSESSING STUDENT LEARNING ONLINE (5 Credits)

    This course provides an introduction to the theoretical perspectives and real-world practices of evaluating student learning in an online learn­ing context. Students learn to apply a variety of methods used to assess learning outcomes ef­fectively, with special attention paid to the unique nature of the online learning context.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—Online College Teaching Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 545: TEACHING AND LEARNING ONLINE (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the technological innovations, pedagogical developments, and strategies for quality online education through an examination of the theory and processes of designing, delivering, and assessing online learning.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—Online College Teaching Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 547: EFFECTIVE ONLINE INSTRUCTION-DESIGN AND PRACTICE (5 Credits)

    This course explores the factors that make online learning courses successful as well as what lessons can be learned from less successful online strategies. The course examines how the findings of online learning research, a deep understanding of local context, and the intelligent use of technology tools can work together to allow the development and delivery of top-flight online courses. Practical, applicable skills are stressed in this practice-oriented course.

    Prerequisites Required: HE 525 or HE 527 recommended

    Total Specialization—Online College Teaching Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    Specialization—Assessment and Evaluation

    HE 515: EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ASSESSMENT (5 Credits)

    This course explores theories and processes of measuring student learning in postsecondary educational settings to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs. Specifically, this course focuses on involving stakeholders in a culture of assessment, clearly defining learning goals, developing learning assessment plans, and using assessment data to improve teaching and learning.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—Assessment and Evaluation Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 557: INTRODUCTION TO ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION (5 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of past and contemporary approaches to assessment and evaluation theory as they apply to higher education and nonschool organizations. Students will become familiar with basic terminology, research design protocols, the implementation of assessment and evaluation initiatives, and decision making in the context of mission, values, goals, and objectives. Evaluator roles, core competencies, professional standards, and codes of conduct are additional topics.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Specialization—Assessment and Evaluation Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 559: QUANTITATIVE METHODS AND INSTRUMENTS FOR ASSESSMENT (5 Credits)

    This course presents an in-depth overview of typical quantitative research designs, methods, data collection tools, and data analysis and reporting used in assessment and evaluation. It focuses on the research process related to assessment and evaluation and the basic skills required to plan, conduct, analyze, report, and evaluate research with a quantitative design. Detailed procedures associated with quantitative research, including experimental, quasi-experimental, survey, and correlational designs, are examined. Practical limitations of quantitative designs in assessment and evaluation and the role of quantitative research in mixed-method approaches are considered.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Specialization—Assessment and Evaluation Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    HE 527: ASSESSING STUDENT LEARNING ONLINE (5 Credits)

    This course provides an introduction to the theoretical perspectives and real-world practices of evaluating student learning in an online learn­ing context. Students learn to apply a variety of methods used to assess learning outcomes ef­fectively, with special attention paid to the unique nature of the online learning context.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    HE 543: ASSESSMENT OF ONLINE LEARNING PROGRAMS (5 Credits)

    This course presents a comprehensive overview of the quality online program, as outlined by accreditation procedures and standards. Students will learn the systems approach of assessment to evaluate programs and the organization, and consider approaches to establishing a culture of assessment to support online learning. Additionally, the course addresses the development of online curriculum and the alignment of outcomes with assessment instruments.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    HE 525: STUDENT LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHODS (5 Credits)

    This course presents historical developments, theoretical perspectives, and fundamental approaches to student learning. Students learn to apply various contemporary methods used to assess learning outcomes effectively in classrooms throughout the various college and university classifications and to discuss international perspectives.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—Assessment and Evaluation Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    Core

    HE 510: FOUNDATIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION (5 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of the historical development of tertiary educational institutions in the United States. There is a particular focus on the constantly evolving functions of its various sectors (e.g., universities, colleges, and community colleges) through examination and discussion of the evolution of tertiary institutions from their medieval European origins as Studia Generalia to the contemporary social functions, organizational structures, funding, and guiding principles and values of America's approximately 3,000 tertiary institutions.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 61

    HE 520: HIGHER EDUCATION LAWS AND REGULATIONS (5 Credits)

    This course explores the legal environment of postsecondary educational institutions in the United States through an examination of legal structures, principles, and analysis. Specifically, this course will focus on the competing interests, rights, and responsibilities of state and federal governments, institutions, faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders in various higher education settings.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 61

    HE 530: HIGHER EDUCATION ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNANCE (5 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of the organizational governance of educational institutions in the United States in an international context through examination and discussion of models of institutional governance, academic organization, and higher education constituencies, and their respective roles and responsibilities.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 61

    HE 540: MULTICULTURALISM AND DIVERSITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION (5 Credits)

    This course explores the educational participation of diverse groups in higher education. Students will gain a further understanding of issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, age, and disability affecting students in colleges and universities, including how these issue impact curriculum. Students will evaluate how institutions address issues of multiculturalism and diversity as well as their own attitudes, beliefs, and practices.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 61

    HE 550: HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCE (5 Credits)

    This course focuses on institutional finance and analysis of the factors contributing to institutional productivity. You will examine different approaches to funding higher education, the state appropriations process, accreditation, and federal issues such as financial aid. You will also examine the institutional budget process and different approaches to budgeting, the importance of financial leadership and transparency, the concepts of “reengineering” and Total Quality Management (TQM) as applied in higher education, and the effects of technology on productivity.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 61

    IX 540: RESEARCH METHODS FOR EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This practitioner-oriented course is designed to allow students to explore methodologies, designs, and tools used for research in higher education, K-12, military, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. Students will critically analyze readings and examples of research, and plan an applied research proposal on an approved topic in the field of education or instructional design and technology. Other learning activities include reviewing data analysis techniques and examining ethical standards for conducting research.

    Prerequisites Required:

     None  

     

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 61

    Specialization—Student Affairs

    HE 551: STUDENT AFFAIRS FOUNDATION AND PHILOSOPHY (5 Credits)

    This course presents student development theories, including cognitive and psychosocial, as well as other theories that provide a foundation for development of a comprehensive student services program.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—Student Affairs Credits: 31
    Total Program Credits: 61

    HE 553: CURRENT ISSUES IN STUDENT AFFAIRS IN HIGHER EDUCATION (5 Credits)

    In this course, students will examine current issues in higher education in student affairs, including service learning, learning communities, suicide and mental health issues, crisis management, and other relevant topics. Students will assess methodologies for dealing with issues, legal considerations, and possible alternative strategies.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—Student Affairs Credits: 31
    Total Program Credits: 61

    HE 555: STUDENT AFFAIRS ADMINISTRATION IN GROUND AND VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS (5 Credits)

    The course focuses on college student demographics and the impact of the delivery of student affairs administration in the virtual and ground environments, as well as some underlying theories. Additionally, students will explore program assessment/evaluation models.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—Student Affairs Credits: 31
    Total Program Credits: 61

    HE 590: STUDENT AFFAIRS INTERNSHIP I-A (4 Credits)

    This course is intended to provide students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice. This mutually acceptable internship agreement between Kaplan University higher education students and an educational institution will offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their specific area of specialization. This experience assists students in integrating and synthesizing their academic experiences into professional practice. Student Affairs Internship I-A and I-B allow students to complete their first practicum experience of 150 hours. This internship 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).

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Specialization—Student Affairs Credits: 31
    Total Program Credits: 61

    HE 591: STUDENT AFFAIRS INTERNSHIP I-B (4 Credits)

    This course is intended to provide students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice. This mutually acceptable internship agreement between Kaplan University higher education students and an educational institution will offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their specific area of specialization. This experience assists students in integrating and synthesizing their academic experiences into professional practice. Student Affairs Internship I-A and I-B allow students to complete their first practicum experience of 150 hours. This internship 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).

    Prerequisites Required: HE 590

    Total Specialization—Student Affairs Credits: 31
    Total Program Credits: 61

    HE 592: STUDENT AFFAIRS INTERNSHIP II-A (4 Credits)

    This course is intended to provide students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice. This mutually acceptable internship agreement between Kaplan University higher education students and an educational institution will offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their specific area of specialization. This experience assists students in integrating and synthesizing their academic experiences into professional practice. Student Affairs Internship II-A and II-B allow students to complete their second practicum experience of 150 hours. This internship 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). The synthesis paper completed in this course is a capstone project, designed for students to demonstrate the learning that they have gained throughout the program.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Specialization—Student Affairs Credits: 31
    Total Program Credits: 61

    HE 593: STUDENT AFFAIRS INTERNSHIP II-B (4 Credits)

    This course is intended to provide students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice. This mutually acceptable internship agreement between Kaplan University higher education students and an educational institution will offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their specific area of specialization. This experience assists students in integrating and synthesizing their academic experiences into professional practice. Student Affairs Internship II-A and II-B allow students to complete their second practicum experience of 150 hours. This internship 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). The synthesis paper completed in this course is a capstone project, designed for students to demonstrate the learning that they have gained throughout the program.

    Prerequisites Required: HE 592

    Total Specialization—Student Affairs Credits: 31
    Total Program Credits: 61

    Core

    HE 510: FOUNDATIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION (5 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of the historical development of tertiary educational institutions in the United States. There is a particular focus on the constantly evolving functions of its various sectors (e.g., universities, colleges, and community colleges) through examination and discussion of the evolution of tertiary institutions from their medieval European origins as Studia Generalia to the contemporary social functions, organizational structures, funding, and guiding principles and values of America's approximately 3,000 tertiary institutions.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 68

    HE 530: HIGHER EDUCATION ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNANCE (5 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of the organizational governance of educational institutions in the United States in an international context through examination and discussion of models of institutional governance, academic organization, and higher education constituencies, and their respective roles and responsibilities.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 68

    HE 550: HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCE (5 Credits)

    This course focuses on institutional finance and analysis of the factors contributing to institutional productivity. You will examine different approaches to funding higher education, the state appropriations process, accreditation, and federal issues such as financial aid. You will also examine the institutional budget process and different approaches to budgeting, the importance of financial leadership and transparency, the concepts of “reengineering” and Total Quality Management (TQM) as applied in higher education, and the effects of technology on productivity.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 68

    IX 540: RESEARCH METHODS FOR EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This practitioner-oriented course is designed to allow students to explore methodologies, designs, and tools used for research in higher education, K-12, military, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. Students will critically analyze readings and examples of research, and plan an applied research proposal on an approved topic in the field of education or instructional design and technology. Other learning activities include reviewing data analysis techniques and examining ethical standards for conducting research.

    Prerequisites Required:

     None  

     

    Total Core Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 68

    Electives

    ACCOUNTING COURSES (28 Credits)

    HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION COURSES (28 Credits)

    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COURSES (28 Credits)

    MANAGEMENT COURSES (28 Credits)

    MARKETING COURSES (28 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 28
    Total Program Credits: 68

    Specialization—College Teaching and Learning

    HE 521: TEACHING ADULT LEARNERS (5 Credits)

    This course provides participants with the information necessary to comprehend, assess, and evaluate the foundational aspects of andragogy, which includes historical influences, theories and models, contemporary and international perspectives, the use of technology, teaching in a variety of higher education settings, and the development of and reflections on teaching and learning in adulthood.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Teaching and Learning Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 68

    HE 523: CURRICULUM DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION (5 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of various strategies, techniques, and methods to design and implement curricula in postsecondary institutions. The course emphasizes calls for reform, need for academic plans, curricular consideration of academic disciplines and fields, influences of learners, instruction, and administration.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Teaching and Learning Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 68

    HE 525: STUDENT LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHODS (5 Credits)

    This course presents historical developments, theoretical perspectives, and fundamental approaches to student learning. Students learn to apply various contemporary methods used to assess learning outcomes effectively in classrooms throughout the various college and university classifications and to discuss international perspectives.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Teaching and Learning Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 68

    HE 545: TEACHING AND LEARNING ONLINE (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the technological innovations, pedagogical developments, and strategies for quality online education through an examination of the theory and processes of designing, delivering, and assessing online learning.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Teaching and Learning Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 68

    Specialization—Online College Teaching

    HE 521: TEACHING ADULT LEARNERS (5 Credits)

    This course provides participants with the information necessary to comprehend, assess, and evaluate the foundational aspects of andragogy, which includes historical influences, theories and models, contemporary and international perspectives, the use of technology, teaching in a variety of higher education settings, and the development of and reflections on teaching and learning in adulthood.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—Online College Teaching Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 68

    HE 527: ASSESSING STUDENT LEARNING ONLINE (5 Credits)

    This course provides an introduction to the theoretical perspectives and real-world practices of evaluating student learning in an online learn­ing context. Students learn to apply a variety of methods used to assess learning outcomes ef­fectively, with special attention paid to the unique nature of the online learning context.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—Online College Teaching Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 68

    HE 545: TEACHING AND LEARNING ONLINE (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the technological innovations, pedagogical developments, and strategies for quality online education through an examination of the theory and processes of designing, delivering, and assessing online learning.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—Online College Teaching Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 68

    HE 547: EFFECTIVE ONLINE INSTRUCTION-DESIGN AND PRACTICE (5 Credits)

    This course explores the factors that make online learning courses successful as well as what lessons can be learned from less successful online strategies. The course examines how the findings of online learning research, a deep understanding of local context, and the intelligent use of technology tools can work together to allow the development and delivery of top-flight online courses. Practical, applicable skills are stressed in this practice-oriented course.

    Prerequisites Required: HE 525 or HE 527 recommended

    Total Specialization—Online College Teaching Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 68

    Core

    HE 510: FOUNDATIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION (5 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of the historical development of tertiary educational institutions in the United States. There is a particular focus on the constantly evolving functions of its various sectors (e.g., universities, colleges, and community colleges) through examination and discussion of the evolution of tertiary institutions from their medieval European origins as Studia Generalia to the contemporary social functions, organizational structures, funding, and guiding principles and values of America's approximately 3,000 tertiary institutions.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 70

    HE 530: HIGHER EDUCATION ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNANCE (5 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of the organizational governance of educational institutions in the United States in an international context through examination and discussion of models of institutional governance, academic organization, and higher education constituencies, and their respective roles and responsibilities.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 70

    HE 550: HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCE (5 Credits)

    This course focuses on institutional finance and analysis of the factors contributing to institutional productivity. You will examine different approaches to funding higher education, the state appropriations process, accreditation, and federal issues such as financial aid. You will also examine the institutional budget process and different approaches to budgeting, the importance of financial leadership and transparency, the concepts of “reengineering” and Total Quality Management (TQM) as applied in higher education, and the effects of technology on productivity.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 70

    IX 540: RESEARCH METHODS FOR EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This practitioner-oriented course is designed to allow students to explore methodologies, designs, and tools used for research in higher education, K-12, military, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. Students will critically analyze readings and examples of research, and plan an applied research proposal on an approved topic in the field of education or instructional design and technology. Other learning activities include reviewing data analysis techniques and examining ethical standards for conducting research.

    Prerequisites Required:

     None  

     

    Total Core Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 70

    Electives

    ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY COURSES (28 Credits)

    LEGAL STUDIES COURSES (30 Credits)

    PSYCHOLOGY COURSES (30 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 28
    Total Program Credits: 70

    Specialization—College Teaching and Learning

    HE 521: TEACHING ADULT LEARNERS (5 Credits)

    This course provides participants with the information necessary to comprehend, assess, and evaluate the foundational aspects of andragogy, which includes historical influences, theories and models, contemporary and international perspectives, the use of technology, teaching in a variety of higher education settings, and the development of and reflections on teaching and learning in adulthood.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Teaching and Learning Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 70

    HE 523: CURRICULUM DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION (5 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of various strategies, techniques, and methods to design and implement curricula in postsecondary institutions. The course emphasizes calls for reform, need for academic plans, curricular consideration of academic disciplines and fields, influences of learners, instruction, and administration.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Teaching and Learning Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 70

    HE 525: STUDENT LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHODS (5 Credits)

    This course presents historical developments, theoretical perspectives, and fundamental approaches to student learning. Students learn to apply various contemporary methods used to assess learning outcomes effectively in classrooms throughout the various college and university classifications and to discuss international perspectives.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Teaching and Learning Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 70

    HE 545: TEACHING AND LEARNING ONLINE (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the technological innovations, pedagogical developments, and strategies for quality online education through an examination of the theory and processes of designing, delivering, and assessing online learning.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—College Teaching and Learning Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 70

    Specialization—Online College Teaching

    HE 521: TEACHING ADULT LEARNERS (5 Credits)

    This course provides participants with the information necessary to comprehend, assess, and evaluate the foundational aspects of andragogy, which includes historical influences, theories and models, contemporary and international perspectives, the use of technology, teaching in a variety of higher education settings, and the development of and reflections on teaching and learning in adulthood.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—Online College Teaching Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 70

    HE 527: ASSESSING STUDENT LEARNING ONLINE (5 Credits)

    This course provides an introduction to the theoretical perspectives and real-world practices of evaluating student learning in an online learn­ing context. Students learn to apply a variety of methods used to assess learning outcomes ef­fectively, with special attention paid to the unique nature of the online learning context.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—Online College Teaching Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 70

    HE 545: TEACHING AND LEARNING ONLINE (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the technological innovations, pedagogical developments, and strategies for quality online education through an examination of the theory and processes of designing, delivering, and assessing online learning.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Specialization—Online College Teaching Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 70

    HE 547: EFFECTIVE ONLINE INSTRUCTION-DESIGN AND PRACTICE (5 Credits)

    This course explores the factors that make online learning courses successful as well as what lessons can be learned from less successful online strategies. The course examines how the findings of online learning research, a deep understanding of local context, and the intelligent use of technology tools can work together to allow the development and delivery of top-flight online courses. Practical, applicable skills are stressed in this practice-oriented course.

    Prerequisites Required: HE 525 or HE 527 recommended

    Total Specialization—Online College Teaching Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 70

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    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

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