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P-12 and Higher Education Focus Areas

You may choose to focus your studies in higher education, P-12, or both by taking specialized elective courses that suit your unique career goals.


Students interested in P-12 will prepare to lead initiatives and implement transformational change across elementary and secondary school settings. You will develop critical leadership, analytical, and decision-making skills needed to pave the way for positive change within your institution. Careers in this area may include program directors, counselors, principals, or superintendents throughout all sectors of P-12. Past transformational leadership project examples have included inclusive special education programming, personalized learning through social media, and culturally responsive teaching.

Higher Education

Students focusing in higher education will be equipped with the innovative problem-solving skills required to improve various collegiate systems and policies in diverse areas such as student affairs, enrollment management, athletics, and more. You will study leadership, law, finance, history, and governance to pursue careers as a chair, dean, provost, or university president. Potential transformative leadership projects may include academic support for student athletes, residential life programming, and advising at-risk students.

Courses include:

Dynamic Leadership in Higher Education

EDD-760  (3.0 Credits)

This course is intended to give you an understanding of the various theories that inform leadership education and practice in colleges and universities. In this course, you are invited to see leadership as discipline that transcends functional area, serving as a framework to lead and guide within higher education and beyond. As a participant in this class, you are asked to not only look at the leadership theories presented in class to formulate your approach as an educator, but also how you see these theories inform the ways in which you move and engage with the world around you.


Governance in Community Colleges

EDD-762  (3.0 Credits)

This course is planned for current and prospective community college faculty, staff and administrators who seek to learn more about America’s comprehensive community colleges and their role in the post-secondary knowledge industry. The course topics this semester will deal with the several major issues/topics that are critically important to community colleges. Community colleges offer vast new opportunities in higher education leadership. By engaging in intensive research, interactive discussions, continuous reading and writing, and creating new digital platforms for students and faculty, the participants in this course will develop the skills necessary to redefine the first steps of tertiary education in the twenty-first century.


Higher Education in the United States

EDD-766  (3.0 Credits)

This course is designed to help you think about colleges and universities and the historical and social forces that have affected their development in the United States. Since education is an issue we often think about in personal terms, especially higher education, the course is intended to use our own knowledge and insights as a starting point, and to expand upon our reasoning skills as we study these issues historically. We will do this by reading, discussing and thinking about colleges and universities and the students that attended them in the past. Through this, the aim of this course is to provide everyone with a sound framework for using historical analysis to interpret problems in higher education, and in the development of American society. In the course of doing this you will be asked to offer evidence of your learning, particularly with regard to your historical reasoning abilities. You will do this through discussion of readings, in class presentations and exploration of key issues, and through your written work. It is critical, in that case, that you attend every class, complete assigned readings on schedule, and submit written work when expected.


Higher Education Finance 

EDD-768  (3.0 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to understand the concepts related to Higher Education Finance and it’s impact upon the Higher Education system in the United States. The course will provide an introductory examination of financial, economic, and budgetary issues within higher education. Focusing on not-for-profit postsecondary schools, students will review the primary political, economic, and social issues influencing higher education finance, examine revenue streams and expenditure patterns, survey tuition and financial aid policies, develop the ability to examine and analyze financial information, and assess the budget as an instrument of strategic planning, resource allocation, and control. The course is grounded in literature, theories, and examples specific to higher education. The goal is to provide students with the knowledge and abilities that empower them to make appropriate decisions as higher education leaders. Course Goals: This course aims at a working understanding of the economics of higher education finance. Thus, students at the end of the course should be able to: 1) Understand key economic concepts bearing on higher education finance in the United States and abroad; 2) Understand the logic of financial decisions in higher education; and 3) Apply such concepts and logic to various finance projects of their choosing.


Thomas Toohey, class of 2019, talking from his desk