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Welcome to the Master of Arts Degree in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and a Specialization in Postsecondary Education program website! 

The Masters of Arts degree in education with a concentration in education leadership and a specialization in postsecondary education is intended for students seeking positions in college and university administration. Graduates of this program are well-prepared to deliver and assess programs and serve students in  a range of institutional areas, including: enrollment services, financial aid, and training and development. Graduates of this program are also prepared to work as service providers in governmental and non-profit organizations.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program was designed with the expectation that students will achieve the following learning outcomes upon completion:
1- Articulate the theoretical foundation of student affairs in postsecondary education

2- Identify how learning and development theories can be implemented in daily practice within student affairs in postsecondary education

3- Identify the preparation and learning tendencies with which students enter into postsecondary education and propose strategies to facilitate their development and success

4- Identify and apply varying leadership styles that are prevalent within a student affairs in postsecondary education context

5- Identify one’s own leadership strengths and areas of continued development

6- Identify ethical leadership issues in student affairs in postsecondary education and propose solutions and strategies to address these issues

7- Engage in meaningful outcomes-based assessment of collaboratively designed student learning and development programs and initiatives

8- Articulate and apply the foundational principles of access, equity and learner success in postsecondary education

9- Apply research to practice in an area of specialization within student affairs in postsecondary education

10- Communicate ideas and concepts effectively in written and spoken word

Program Goals:

  • Student learning centeredness informed by the practical application of student development and student engagement theories
  • Social justice demonstrated through concepts of universal design, equity, and access embedded into the curriculum and connected to the student’s development through reflective practice
  • Analysis, planning, and responsible practice modeled on a construct of higher education as a social responsibility within an economically competitive environment


Best always,


Frank Harris III, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor,

Program Coordinator,

Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, & Postsecondary Education,

San Diego State University