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Higher and Postsecondary Education

In the Department of Organization & Leadership

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Welcome to Higher and Postsecondary Education

  • Welcome to the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program

    The Program in Higher and Postsecondary Education (HPSE) has a long tradition of preparing practitioners and scholars for leadership and research in the field of higher education. Teachers College was the first school in the United States to offer a degree Student Personnel Administration. This effort started in 1913 and since then our program has evolved in many ways. Today, our program, much like the field of higher education, has grown to capture the multifaceted aspects of postsecondary education. We emphasize developing knowledgeable practitioners who are familiar with the educational core of higher education (human and professional learning and development), the way colleges and universities are organized (organizational planning, design, governance, and administration), and the social contexts that shape them (social, cultural, economic, and historic). We expect that students will work within and across these domains, developing programs of study that, though focused on particular themes and issues (e.g., scholarly learning and careers, student development, administration), will be informed broadly by a diverse array of ideas, perspectives, and questions. Taken together, our curriculum offers students an opportunity to develop as both practitioners and scholars capable of leading the field of higher education in practice and research.

    We offer three degree options: Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Education (Ed.M.), and Doctor of Education (Ed.D). Prospective students interested in learning more about our degrees are encouraged to review the information provided in the degree description and degree requirements sections our website as well as the prospective student tab.


HPSE News

  • 2014-2015 News

    June 2015

    HPSE Associate Professor and Program Chair, Dr. Noah Drezner, has received the 2015 Council for Advancement of Education's (CASE) John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement for his work on "The Social Base of Philanthropic Fundraising in Higher Education: How Frames and Identity Matter."  Dr. Drezner's research seeks to understand how donors' identities and their likelihood to give to higher education and at what level are related.  Read more about Dr. Drezner's work in TC People.

    May 2015

    Dr. Corbin Campbell, HPSE Assistant Professor, has recently been awarded the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2015-2016 year.  The Fellowship Program supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research.  This prestigious fellowship provides funding and release from teaching and administrative responsibilities to allow early career scholars to focus on research project with great significance to the field of education.

    March 2015

    Dr. Anna Neumann, HPSE Professor and Org & Leadership Department Chair, is featured in the March issue of TC People, where she talks about her current work with MetroCITI (the Metropolitan Colleges for Teaching Improvement Initiative).  Read more about Dr. Neumann's work in TC People.

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Featured Video

  • HPSE M.A. students, Phoebe Kingsak, Alex Williams, and Scott Van Pelt, were the winners of the 2014 NASPA Case Study Competition.

    Watch their presentation here: