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Higher and Postsecondary Education

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  • 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.


  • 2014-2015 News

    February 2015

    HPSE Ed.D. alumna, Dr. Sosanya Jones, Assistant Professor in Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, has been awarded the 2015-2016 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Education at the University of Alberta in Canada.  During her time in the University of Alberta, Dr. Jones will conduct a research project, entitled "Inclusionary Internalization: A Multi-Case Study of Policies and Practices in Alberta's Institutions of Higher Education," which is an institutional multi-case comparative study designed to examine the institutional policies and practices designed to promote inclusion at two Alberta institutions of higher education: The University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.  This research will be beneficial to both Canada and the U.S. as it will identify governmental policies and institutional practices that are in place to promote greater inclusion while exploring how institutional contexts and support shape the way in which institutions practice inclusion.

    January 2015
    HPSE alum and faculty member Dr. Monica Christensen has accepted a new position as the Dean of Students at Manhattan School of Music. Dr. Christensen's dedicated service to the program and its students is greatly appreciated, and we wish her success in her new role!

    HPSE Ed.M. student Tara Hanna has recently been named the Director of Housing at Columbia University.

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  • 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: