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Adult and Higher Education M.Ed.

The Master's Degree in adult and higher education is designed to prepare professionals to

  1. assume administrative roles in adult and higher education;
  2. become more competitive candidates for leadership positions in adult and higher education; and
  3. conduct inquiry which contributes to the practice of adult and higher education. 

The master's program is comprised of a comprehensive curriculum (no master's thesis is required) and practical experiences designed to prepare students for professional positions in a variety of education and training organizations including colleges and universities, governmental agencies, educational planning agencies, and business and industry.

Graduate students must make a grade of “B” or better in core classes (EDAH 5013, EDAH 5023, EDAH 5033, EDAH 5043).  There was a moratorium on this policy from Aug 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014.  Effective Spring 2015 this moratorium has been lifted and we have returned to the original policy.

The master's program offers a variety of emphases designed to prepare graduates for 21st century education and the diverse student population it will serve.  Program emphases include:

Community College Administration emphasis

The community college concentration focuses on administration and research related to the community colleges. In this concentration, students are introduced to the unique role that community colleges play in the American higher education system, concepts and theories related to the administration of these institutions, and to critical research topics dealing with their constituents. This concentration prepares students to assume entry-level to mid-level administrative positions in the community colleges or related agencies.

Master Degree in Adult and Higher Education
Community College Leadership Emphasis, University of Oklahoma

Major Core or Required Courses (12 Credit Hours)

·         EDAH 5013 The Adult Learner
·         EDAH 5023 Administration of Adult and Higher Education
·         EDAH 5033 Critical Literature in Adult and Higher Education
·         EDAH 5043 Introduction to Research in Adult and Higher Education

Community College Leadership Emphasis (15 Credit Hours)
 
- Twelve (12) credit hours from the following courses:

·         EDAH 5133 The American Community/Junior College (first course
                            in program & weekends)
·         EDAH 5243 Financial Management in Higher Education (online)
·         EDAH 5940 Contemporary Issues in the Community College (weekends)
·         EDAH 5940 Leadership in the Community College (weekends)

 - An additional three (3) credit hours from any of the following:

·         EDAH 5123 Decision Making in Adult and Higher Education
·         EDAH 5153 Legal Aspects of Higher Education
·         EDAH 5253 Institutional Research in Higher Education
·         EDAH 5940 Ethical Issues in Higher Education
·         EDAH 5910 Practicum in Adult and Higher Education*
·         EDAH 5960 Directed Reading

*The practicum is expected for any student who does not have work experience in the field of community college as a graduate student or a profession. In addition, if your interests are outside of your professional experience, you may want to do a practicum in your specific area of interest. Conference presentation and publication options are also available through practicum. All students work with Dr. Vargas on the practicum and directed reading experience.

Electives (9 credit hours)*:
Choose from a specific track or general electives based on your own learning objectives. Options include:

·         EDAH 5103 Instructional Strategies in Adult and Higher Education
·         EDAH 5123 Decision Making in Adult and Higher Education
·         EDAH 5143 Leadership Development in Adult and Higher Education
·         EDAH 5163 Diversity Issues in Higher Education
·         EDAH 5173 Leadership and Administration in Student Affairs
·         EDAH 5223 Student Personnel Services in Higher Education
·         EDAH 5253 Adult Learning and Development
·         EDAH 5263 Planning in Higher Education
·         EDAH 5283 Private Financial Resource Development in Higher Education
·         EDAH 5403 Design and Delivery of Distance Education
·         EDAH 5503 Introduction to Developing & Training Human
                            Resources in Organization
·         EDAH 5940 Assessment and Evaluation in College Student Affairs
·         EDAH 5940 Fund Raising in Higher Education
·         EDAH 5940 Statewide Coordination and Governance
·         EDAH 6023 Higher Education Finance
·         EDAH 6213 Theory and Practice of Continuing Higher Education

*Note: you may take elective courses outside of this list including outside of EDAH.
Master students need a total of 36 hours. All students should seek academic advising prior to choosing courses to satisfy their emphasis or elective hours. Students who would like further information regarding this program should contact: Dr. Juanita Gamez Vargas, (405) 325-3680 or jgvargas@ou.edu

Higher Education Administration emphasis

The higher education concentration focuses on topics related to general administration in colleges and universities.  In this concentration, students will be introduced to theories, issues, and research related to organizational behavior, academic administration, financial management, and planning in higher education.  This concentration enables students to become competitive candidates for entry-level general administrative positions in higher education, intercollegiate athletics, and institutional development.

If you have questions about the concentration, please contact Dr. T. Elon Dancy II, Dr. Kirsten Edwards, Dr. Siduri J. Haslerig or Dr. Derek Houston.

Masters in Adult and Higher Education with concentration in Higher Education Administration

HEA Degree Sheet (PDF)

COURSES

36 credit Hour Degree Requirement

I. Major Core or Required Courses (12 credits):

▪   EDAH 5013, The Adult Learner
▪   EDAH 5023, Administration of Adult and Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5033, Critical Literature
▪   EDAH 5043, Research Methods

II. Higher Education Administration Emphasis (15 credits):

▪   EDAH 5133, The American Community and Junior College
▪   EDAH 5143, Leadership Development in AHE
▪   EDAH 5153, Legal Aspects of Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5163, Diversity Issues in Adult and Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5213, History of American Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5243, Financial Management in Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5910, *Practicum in Adult and Higher Education – Masters
*All Practicum students work with the Practicum Faculty Member (Dr. Barker) during this course, which is offered each Spring Term. It is recommended as the final course in the program.

III. Choose from a specific Student Affairs track or general electives based on your own learning objectives. Electives may be taken from within or outside of EDAH. Options include:

Track 1: Institutional and Organizational Typology (Choose any 9 credits)

▪   EDAH 5123, Decision Making in Adult and Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5433, Organizational Design & Management of FYE Programs
▪   EDAH 5940, Leadership and Ethics in Community Colleges
▪   EDAH 5940, Statewide Coordination and Governance
▪   EDAH 5940, High Impact Practices in Higher Education and Student Affairs
▪   EDAH 5940, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)

Track 2: Research, Evaluation and Assessment Track (Choose any 9 credits)
▪   EDAH 5373, Assessment in Adult and Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5553, Evaluation Strategies in Adult and Higher education
▪   EDAH 5940, Assessment and Evaluation in College Student Affairs
▪   EDAH 6193, Foundations of Qualitative Inquiry

Track 3: Diversity in Higher Education Administration (Choose any 9 credits)
▪   EDAH 5473, Race, Class and Gender in Education
▪   EDAH 5543, Gender, Society and Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5940, Minority Serving Institutions

Track 4: College Teaching (Choose any 9 credits)
▪   EDAH 5103, Instructional Strategies in Adult and Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5970, College Teaching
▪   Choose one of the following:

    •  EDAH 5473, Race Class and Gender in Education
    •  EDAH 5543, Gender, Society and Higher Education
    •  EDAH 5970, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)
    •  EDAH 5970, Spirituality and Religious Diversity in Higher Education

Track 5: General Electives (Choose any 9 credits)
Take intentional OU Graduate Coursework that meets your learning objectives, preferably in EDAH.  Course numbers must be at the 5000 or 6000 levels. Courses taken outside EDAH require faculty advisor approval.

▪   EDAH 5263, Planning in Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5333, Program Planning for the Adult Learner
▪   EDAH 5443, Organization Development and Change in AHE
▪   EDAH 5453, Autobiography in Adult and Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5463, Transformative Learning
▪   EDAH 5663, Governance in Intercollegiate Athletics
▪   EDAH 5673, Organization and Administration of Athletics
▪   EDAH 5683, Diversity in Sport


All students should seek academic advising prior to choosing courses to satisfy their credit hours.

Intercollegiate Athletics Administration concentration

Program Overview

Students interested in pursuing a career in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration (IAA) as a scholar or practitioner are able to focus coursework in this specific area of concentration. Students pursuing a Master’s degree will earn a M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletics Admin­istration (36 credits).  IAA courses are taught by both EDAH faculty members and practitioners who work in the OU Athletics Department.

The IAA concentration is philosophically embedded within the broader study of adult and higher education. As such, it reflects the realities of modern intercollegiate athletics programs within the context of the higher education setting. The curriculum is de­signed to provide a breadth of knowledge in higher education with specialized course work in intercollegiate athletics.

IAA concentration course requirements

36 credits are required to complete a Master’s of Education in Adult and Higher Education with a Concentration in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration Degree.

  • 4 Higher education core courses (12 credits)
  • 5 Intercollegiate Athletics Administration core courses (15 credits)
    •   Courses are taught by both scholars and practitioners who focus on higher education and intercollegiate athletics administration
    •   Some courses are taught by current practitioners in the OU Athletics Department
    •   Depending on the student’s work experience in intercollegiate athletics (not including experience as a student-athlete), they will be encouraged to complete a 3-credit Professional Development course
  • Student may take up to 3 Elective Course (9 credits)

    IAA Program Curriculum

Download a printable version of the IAA Degree Sheet (PDF)

Four (4) Core Courses

EDAH 5013 The Adult Learner
EDAH 5023 Administration of Adult and Higher Education
EDAH 5033 Critical Literature in Adult and Higher Education
EDAH 5043 Introduction to Research in Adult and Higher Education

Five (5) Intercollegiate Athletics Administration Courses

Include at least one course from the following list of three:

EDAH 5633 Gender in Intercollegiate Athletics
EDAH 5683 Diversity in Sport
EDAH 5970 Inclusive Praxis in Intercollegiate Athletics

And four additional IAA concentration courses. For more information download a printable version of the IAA Degree Sheet (PDF).

Three (3) Elective Courses

For more information download a printable version of the IAA Degree Sheet (PDF) .

Graduate Assistantships

IAA students are encouraged to apply for graduate assistant (GA) positions in the OU Athletics department. The application process for GA positions is separate from IAA admissions. Both admissions and GA positions are highly competitive, so it is recommended that you apply to both simultaneously, early in the spring semester.  

Assistantships are available in most functional units of a large Division I athletics department (marketing, compliance, licensing, academic support, athletics student life, development, etc.). Assistantships are typically at the .50 level, include a tuition remission, basic benefits and stipend. Student fees are not included.

For information regarding open positions, applicants should visit student jobs.ou.edu and search for positions in the Athletics Department. Positions are usually filled by mid-April although some off-cycle positions may be available. Other questions regarding GA positions should be directed to Brooklynn Nichols at bnichols13@ou.edu.

Please visit student jobs.ou.edu for available Graduate Assistant positions.


IAA Concentration Faculty

Siduri J. Haslerig, Ph.D., Director       View Bio Page
Kirsten M. Hextrum, Ph.D.                 View Bio Page
Derek A. Houston, Ph.D.                    View Bio Page

Student Affairs emphasis

The Student Affairs emphasis in EDAH is committed to helping students understand how colleges and universities work, the issues affecting college students and faculty, and how to best lead our colleges and universities to meet the challenges of our global and changing diverse democracy. Students will be challenged intellectually to consider the intersections of theory, research, and practice as they develop integrity, courage, and vision to advance social justice and educational equity in the field.

The Student Affairs emphasis prepares students for a variety of education and training organizations including two and four year institutions of higher education, governmental agencies, educational planning agencies, and business and industry and focuses on organizational behavior, management, administration, and research related to diverse college students. This concentration prepares students to assume administrative student affairs positions in higher education such as residence life, multicultural affairs, counseling, placement, leadership, volunteerism, counseling, international student services, and academic advising.

MASTERS DEGREE IN ADULT AND HIGHER EDUCATION
STUDENT AFFAIRS EMPHASIS
 -  36 CREDIT HOUR DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

 Major Core or Required Courses (12 credits):

▪   EDAH 5013, The Adult Learner
▪   EDAH 5023, Administration of Adult and Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5033, Critical Literature
▪   EDAH 5043, Introduction to Research in Adult and Higher Education

Student Affairs Emphasis (15 credits):

▪   EDAH 5163, Diversity Issues in Adult and Higher Education
▪   *EDAH 5223, Foundations of Student Affairs in Higher Education         [*Suggested first course in the program]
▪   EDAH 5483, College Student Development
▪  **EDAH 5383, Contemporary Issues in Student Personnel
        [**Suggested last course in the program]
▪   +EDAH 5910, Practicum in Adult and Higher Education

+ Students may select from the following options: 1) an administrative practicum in the area(s) of interest, 2) an experiential practicum focused on preparations for national and regional conferences, 3) a written practicum focused on publication, or 4) another option designed in consultation with your advisor and practicum faculty member. Students who have Student Affairs experience as a graduate student or personnel may select an administrative practicum in a different area or the academic options. All students work with the practicum faculty member on the practicum experience.

Electives (9 credits):

Choose from a specific Student Affairs track or general electives based on your own learning objectives. Electives may be taken from within or outside of EDAH. Options include:

Social Justice Track

▪   EDAH 5473, Race, Class and Gender in Education
▪   EDAH 5940, Critical Topics in Student Life
▪   EDAH 5943, Gender, Society and Higher Education

Community College Track 

▪  *EDAH 5133, The American Community College
        [*suggested first course in this sequence]

▪   EDAH 5940, Student Services in Community College
▪   Additional courses to be determined

Administration Track

▪   EDAH 5173, Leadership and Administration in Student Affairs
▪   EDAH 5433, The First-Year Experience: Students, Program Design,
        and Management
▪   EDAH 5940, Assessment and Evaluation in College Student Affairs

General Directed Track

Student (with advisors) chooses courses from within or outside EDAH based on your intended learning outcomes, for example, training & development in student affairs, finance and business management, and human relations. EDAH examples include:

▪   EDAH 5123, Decision Making in Adult and Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5153, Legal Issues in Adult and Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5213, History of American Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5233, Research on the College Student
▪   EDAH 5243, Financial Management in Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5253, Institutional Research in Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5263, Planning in Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5273, Athletics in Higher Education
▪   EDAH 5503, Introduction to Developing & Training
        Human Resources in Organization
▪   EDAH 5940, Statewide Coordination and Governance
▪   EDAH 5940, NCAA Academic Reform and Academic Advising
▪   EDAH 6193, Foundations of Qualitative Inquiry in Adult & Higher Education

Download the EDAH-Student Affairs emphasis curriculum map (PDF)

All students should seek academic advising prior to choosing courses to satisfy their credit hours. Students who would like further information regarding this program should contact:

Dr. Elon Dancy
(405) 325-2769
tedancy@ou.edu

Dr. Kirsten Edwards
(405) 325-6832
Kirsten.t.edwards@ou.edu

Workforce, Adult, and Continuing Education Emphasis

The Workforce, Adult, and Continuing Education (WACE) emphasis prepares professionals for work as administrators, program managers, trainers, and human resource and organizational development professionals in a variety of organizational settings including private firms, nonprofit and government organizations, and higher educational systems.  Major emphases of the WACE program will equip individuals with a basic foundation, knowledge, and skills related to adult and workplace learning theories, instructional strategies, program planning and evaluation techniques, and lifelong- and neuroscience-based learning perspectives, which will aid them to enhance workplace, community, and personal lives. Students enter the WACE program from a variety of backgrounds.

The WACE emphasis prepares individuals with the most current information and understanding required for success in this dynamic field.  It also provides a firm foundation in the critical topic areas of:

  • Adult and continuing education theories & practices
  • Workplace learning and organizational/social change
  • Instructional systems and learning technologies
  • Current trends in workforce training and organizational development
  • Competencies necessary for success in the expanded role of training and development
  • Neuroscience-based learning and adult development

Masters in Adult and Higher Education WACE Emphasis Course Work

36 credit Hour Degree Requirement

Major Core or Required Courses (12 credits):

  • EDAH 5013 The Adult Learner
  • EDAH 5023 Administration of Adult and Higher Education 
  • EDAH 5033 Critical Literature in Adult and Higher Education
  • EDAH 5043 Introduction to Research in Adult and Higher Education

WACE Emphasis (24 credits):

Five (5) or Six (6) courses from the following list:

  • EDAH 5303 Foundations of Adult Education
  • EDAH 5333 Program Planning for Adult Education
  • EDAH 5413 Design & Delivery of Distance Learning Programs
  • EDAH 5443 Organizational Development and Change
  • EDAH 5513 Management and Administration of Training Functions
  • EDAH 5553 Evaluation Strategies for Learning and Performance

Two (2) or Three (3) courses from the following list:

  • EDAH 5103 Instructional Strategies for AHE
  • EDAH 5523 Skills and Strategies in Designing, Developing, and Delivering Training
  • EDAH 5463 Transformative Learning in Adult Education
  • EDAH 5940 Neuroscience-based Learning and Adult Development
  • EDAH 5940 Issues and Trends in Workplace Learning
  • EDAH 5940 Globalization and Lifelong Learning     


Practicum

A practicum is a supervised fieldwork experience in which a faculty member and a professional collaborate in guiding, instructing, and supervising the student’s introduction to a particular functional area or project.  It offers the opportunity to gain insights which complement the academic preparation of the classroom.

Students who have not had the equivalent of one year of experience working in the WACE field must take the 3-hour course:

        EDAH 5910 Practicum

WACE Practicum Manual (PDF)

All students should seek academic advising prior to choosing courses to satisfy their credit hours. Students who would like further information regarding this program should contact: 

Training and Organizational Development Focus

Dr. Doo Hun Lim
(405) 325-7941
dhlim@ou.edu

Adult and Continuing Education Focus

Dr. Junghwan Kim
(405) 325-2930
jkim@ou.edu

Careers in the field of Adult and Higher Education

Our program prepares graduates to assume leadership, administrative, teaching, and training positions in a variety of organizational settings. Our graduates compete for positions as trainers, adult educators, program planners, distance education specialists, administrators, athletics administrators, and instructors in adult education organizations, colleges and universities (including community colleges and vocational schools), governmental and military agencies, and business and industry.

This program is designed to provide the students with the competencies necessary to teach, develop, and administer successful organizational and educational programs based on the literature and research in adult and higher education. Students will be exposed to significant insights related to management, leadership, evaluation, finance, marketing, development, program planning, distance and traditional learning, teaching strategies, organizational transformation, and human relations.

Our program is interdisciplinary, and we enthusiastically welcome students from all undergraduate and graduate disciplines. No prior teacher education nor administrative experience is needed to be admitted into the program.

Comprehensive Exam

In lieu of a master's thesis, all students are required to take the master's comprehensive exam at the end of their program of study. Students will be allowed to take the comprehensive exam only after they have completed all four core courses (waivers can be granted by the EDAH Curriculum Committee based on reason and how the students proposed to make up for the content area).The master's exam will consist of three questions to be written over a four-hour proctored time period, usually on a Saturday (for Norman campus students). Failure to provide plausible answers to all three questions will result in a failure for the exam. The questions will be based on contents from the four core courses. Students must be registered for at least two credit hours to take the exam--this is a Graduate College requirement and no exception can be granted. This exam is not offered during the summer term. The exam is typically on the first Saturday in November during the fall semester and the first Saturday in April in the spring semester, unless there is a conflict, such as a large campus event or a national holiday. Please contact Trudy Rhodes in the departmental office (325-4202) for the exact date of the exam. The Comprehensive exam date will be determined at the beginning of each Fall/Spring semester.  Application forms to take the exam and graduate are often due to the Graduate College the semester prior to taking the exam, early on during that semester. Check the Graduate College website to obtain specific information about the application timeline and forms.

Also note that there is no set format for the exam. For example, some exams have had one question that was comprehensive in nature (i.e. one question with a number of sub-questions that incorporate different areas) while other exams have included separate and distinct questions (i.e. three different questions, each directed at a different area). An example of both types of questions can be downloaded below. In all cases, the “comprehensive” nature of the exam remains the same.

Comprehensive Exam Instructions

Academic integrity is a critical component of scholarship and expected in this examination process. The academic integrity website is: http://integrity.ou.edu/

• Write (or type) your number (NOT YOUR ID NUMBER) at the top of each page of your exam (NOT YOUR NAME). Your number is the one located on the label with your name. Do not place your name on the exam or in any of your responses.

• Remove all items from your desk. You will receive a piece of official scratch paper in your envelope with the test and instructions. You may obtain additional official clean sheets of paper from the test proctors and return these sheets in your envelope at the end of the exam.

• Place all cell phones on silent or turn them off. Put phones under the desk and do not take them out during the exam.

• You have four hours for the exam. You may use your time to answer the questions as you see fit.

• You may begin the exam when directed to do so by the test proctor.

• If you need to leave the room, you may do so for up to five minutes to use the
restroom or take a stretch break. Only one person may leave the room at a time. You may not take your cell phone, smartphone or any communication device with you.

• You may not refer to any notes, books, websites or other materials once you enter the examination room. You may not communicate with other students taking the exam or use headphones unless they are supplied by the proctor. Earplugs are available by the proctor.

• The room is equipped with video cameras and the computers are equipped with security software, however, we expect that all students would follow academic integrity whether these items were in place or not.

• You must provide substantive answers to every question. Failure to do so will result in an automatic failure of the exam.

• Do not leave the room until 1) your exam has been printed in hard copy and 2) your envelope has been turned in and checked by the proctor.

• The test proctor will include your handwritten notes in the envelope sent to the EDAH department faculty.

• Your exam will be given directly to the EDAH department faculty by the test proctor.

• The test proctor will follow standard procedures for administering an exam. If you have any questions, s/he will be able to answer only administrative questions.

• If you experience any irregular conditions during the exam, please make a note of them after the exam and submit this note to the department chair or talk to the faculty member during the exam.

Computer Instructions:

     -    We will have already signed into the computer and pulled up a Microsoft Word
                document that will be saved to the flashdrive.
     -    All wireless and website access will be turned off and should not be used.
     -    We strongly urge you to save your document on a regular basis.
     -    You may input for four hours at which time you will be directed to stop, hit
                ‘save’, remove the flashdrive and give it to the proctor for printing (both
                you and the proctor should be sure that all pages of your exam have been
                printed in hard copy before you leave the room).
     -    Leave your computer “on” after you are finished.
     -    You cannot save your exam to your own flashdrive, other device, or email it
                to yourself.

• Turn in to the proctor: 1) your hand-written notes, 2) the question sheet, 3) the instructions, 4) the flashdrive 5) index card where you want the results mailed via US mail, and 6) the printout of your exam answer (make sure all pages printed out). Give all materials to the test proctor where they will check to make sure all items are in the envelope before you leave.

• Do not take the exam out of the room.