Master of Education in Higher Education

Curriculum

Course Descriptions

HIED 611 Foundations of Higher Education (3 hours) Explore a comprehensive introduction to U.S. higher education, including its historical development, structure, roles and diverse characteristics. A special focus will be placed on the interplay of Christian faith with the historical development of U.S. higher education.

HIED 613 Introduction to College Student Services (3 hours)
Gain an overview of the field of college student affairs with an emphasis on its historical and philosophical foundations, its basic documents and its primary objectives within U.S. colleges and universities. You will survey and analyze the typical programs and services the college student affairs field delivers within U.S. colleges and universities.

HIED 621 Research and Assessment in Higher Education (3 hours)
Examine a variety of scientific methods that provide the foundation for research in higher education settings. Research processes will be examined in stages from problem formulation to data collection and analysis. The course will focus on how research problems are formulated, how hypotheses or research questions are derived, the specific designs that researchers may use in addressing given research topics, approaches to data collection and analysis and evaluating the research of others.

HIED 622 College Students and Student Development Theory (3 hours)
Study a comprehensive introduction to the holistic development of college students and the history, application and practice of student development theory within the context of U.S. higher education.

HIED 632 Spiritual Development in College Students (3 hours)
This course provides you with a comprehensive introduction to spiritual development. Study the principles of Christian spiritual formation as well as a broad range of historical and philosophical approaches to spirituality.

HIED 635 Higher Education Resource Management (3 hours)
Study how to manage resources in a higher education setting with an emphasis on budgeting and financial planning.

HIED 643 Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education (3 hours)
Examine the major legal and ethical issues confronting contemporary higher education professionals. Review federal regulations and mandates, constitutional issues, tort liability, contractual relationships, distinctions between public and private sector institutions of higher education and ethical standards for professionals in higher education.

HIED 695 Internship with Embedded Capstone Experience (3 hours)
Our Internship provides you with an ongoing opportunity to apply what you are learning to actual professional experience. A Capstone Experience is embedded in the Internship and is the culminating academic event for all higher education master’s degree students. To meet the comprehensive requirements of the Internship, you participate in the Capstone Experience during the last semester of their degree. The Capstone Experience exhibition is created by students to demonstrate mastery of program learning outcomes. The Internship with the embedded Capstone Experience is assessed on a pass / pass with revisions / fail basis.

Conflict Resolution Concentration Courses:

CONR 601 Conflict Theory and Communication (3 hours)
This course is designed to prepare you for the field of conflict resolution. Analyze case studies, critique basic assumptions of conflict theories and role play appropriate behavior in conflict scenarios.

CONR 605 Principles and Practice of Negotiation and Mediation (6 hours)
Study the conceptual and interpersonal skills required to engage in effective negotiation and to serve as a mediator. Emphasis is placed on development of interest‐based negotiation and mediation skills with strategies assisting parties in the creation of opportunities for agreement.

CONR 610 Managing Conflict in the Workplace (3 hours)
Develop skills in identifying the signs and root causes of friction, anger, violence and conflict in the work environment. Analysis of case studies provides the framework for understanding sources of organizational conflict.

Enrollment Management Concentration Courses:

HIED 652 Foundations of Enrollment Management (6 hours)
Gain a historical overview of enrollment management, significant concepts related to the field and professional foundations on which to build.

HIED 654 Approaches to Marketing, Recruitment and Selection (3 hours)
Learn to develop an ethical and effective marketing and recruitment plan that will align well with your institution’s educational and enrollment goals.

HIED 658 Enrollment Management: Student Services and Retention (3 hours)
This course emphasizes the continuing nature of enrollment management once students enroll as freshmen. Gain a solid understanding of the importance of orientation, student services, advising and student retention.

Professional Development Residency

The four‐day residency requirement for our Master’s in Higher Education is your opportunity for professional and personal development on ACU’s campus. Offered once per summer, the residency combines education with networking and professional development.

See what Antonese Curry, an online M.Ed. student, said about her weeklong residency experience.


On‐campus Residency Fosters Relationships

Students in Abilene Christian University’s Master of Education in Higher Education program participate in a weeklong on‐campus residency. Students like Antonese Curry, Fort Worth native, are able to build relationships with their cohort and learn in a hands‐on classroom setting, adding variety to the online program.

*While some lunches are included in the cost of the program, students are responsible for their own lodging, transportation, other meals and any additional costs.

Optional Residency Programs

Enrollment Management Certificate Residency – If you elect to add a certificate in Enrollment Management to our online Master’s in Higher Education with focus in Enrollment Management, there is a two‐day residency to attend at Disney Institute in Anaheim, California. During this residency, you’ll have the chance to gain a deeper understanding of how better to connect with potential students and create a service‐driven atmosphere at your institution.
Disney Institute

  • Attend a one‐day course, “Disney’s Approach to Quality Service.”
  • Spend time sharing perspectives and ideas with your peers.

Conflict Resolution Certificate Residency – If you elect to add the Conflict Resolution certificate to complement your M.Ed. in Higher Education degree with a focus in Conflict Resolution, you must select one additional conflict resolution course and attend an additional five‐day residency session, offered twice a year (January and June) at ACU.

*Additional fees for optional residency programs apply, including a residency fee, airfare, hotel, dining and entertainment.

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