Curriculum Overview

The curriculum for the Master of Arts in Higher Education is informed by the mission and values of Elon University and the School of Education, and reflects the knowledge, skills and dispositions graduates should possess. The courses and learning outcomes adhere to the Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs (CAHEP) Guidelines for Higher Education Administration and Leadership Programs for Master’s Degree Level and the American College Personnel Association- College Student Educators/National Association of Student Personnel Association (ACPA/NASPA) Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators.

Courses are designed to build on and deepen students’ learning as they progress through the program, with the capstone seminar requiring students to integrate their knowledge and skills, and apply their understanding to developing a solution to an authentic problem in a campus program/department. Students will write a final, culminating paper, and give a capstone presentation to fellow graduate students, program faculty, and other invited guests.

In addition, students will be assessed on dispositions as they progress through the curriculum, both internships, the apprenticeship and the final capstone course. Candidates are expected to: (1) demonstrate ethical professional practice (appropriate conduct); (2) demonstrate commitment to the practice of continuous reflection and assessment; (3) demonstrate commitment to diversity; and (4) demonstrate commitment to knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the profession.

Collectively, the proposed program of study is designed to equip the graduate of the program with the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to be an effective new professional in the field of higher education.