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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.


  • 2014-2015 News

    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.

    October 2014

    HPSE alum, Dr. Aimee LaPointe Terosky, has an article published in Inside Higher Ed, "Managing Your Academic Career."

    The following HPSE faculty and students will present at the 2014 ASHE Conference in Washington, D.C. in November:
    -Dr. Corbin M. Campbell: Discussant - "Intersections of the public and higher education"; Research/Scholarly Paper Presentation - "The power of measures of quality in higher education: Power for whom and how?" (with Deniece Dorth, Christopher Chamberlin, & Tiffane Cochran); "A new pair of glasses: Class observations and syllabus analysis as alternatives for measuring educational quality (with John E. Fink); "Toward a course-based understanding of educational quality across undergraduate disciplines" (with Jessie Ostrow & Karen J. Dilsizian); Symposia - "Untapped potential: Why the subject of teaching and learning cries out for more research"
    -Dr. Noah Drezner: Discussant - "Empowering and disempowering institutional contexts"; Sympoisa - "Alumni identity: Emerging theory, research, and implications for practice"
    -Dr. Anna Neumann: Research/Scholarly Paper Presentation - "Defining 'good teaching': Pedagogical practices for advancing diverse students' liberal learning in three urban college classrooms (with Liza Bolitzer, Jolie Harris Woodson, Dianne Delima, & Jessie Ostrow); Symposia - "Untapped potential; Why the subject of teaching and learning cries out for more research."

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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: