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Higher and Postsecondary Education

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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 News

    June 2014
    HPSE Alumni, Dr. H. Kenny Nienhusser and Dr. Jule Schell, featured in the June issue of TC Today.
    April-May 2014

    Newly hired HPSE faculty member Dr. Noah Drezner is the recipient of two research awards by the Research Council of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  These awards include the AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize for his book Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education: Engaging Non-Traditional Donors and the AFP Early Career Emerging Scholar Award in recognition of the potential impact of his scholarship on practice in the field.

    Leslie Williams
    , HPSE doctoral candidate, has been awarded the Education Policy Dissertation Research Fellowship, which grants awards to highly deserving dissertation writers at Teachers College.  Leslie is also a recipient of the 2014-2015 Office of the Vice President's Grant for Student Research in Diversity.

    Jeff Sun
    , HPSE alum and former instructor for the program, has accepted the position of Professor of Higher Education and Assistant Department Chair in the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Human Resource Education at the University of Louisville. Jeff has also just been appointed to the Board of Directors for ASHE as its Budget Chair, which is a significant mult-year executive appointment with substantial leadership responsibility.

    March 2014

    Jessie Ostrow, HPSE doctoral student, is the winner of the NAGAP Graduate Student Research Grant for her planned investigation into veteran student decisions to pursue graduate education.  She will be invited to present her research findings at NAGAP and will be assigned a mentor for the project.

Degrees Offered



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: