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MS in Higher Ed - College Teaching and Learning

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education program is designed to prepare students for teaching and administration positions in colleges, universities, and other postsecondary institutions. Read more about Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education, - College Teaching and Learning specialization program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Higher Education, College Teaching and Learning Specialization

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education program is designed to help prepare students to pursue or advance their careers in postsecondary education institutions. Students who choose the College Teaching and Learning specialization have the opportunity to study the foundations of adult learning, curriculum design and implementation, online learning, and higher education. Before enrolling in the program, students must select either the thesis track or the nonthesis track. Students who choose the thesis track must complete a master's thesis proposal and defense; students who choose the nonthesis track must complete additional specialization courses. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the availability of these track options.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

50 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Higher Education, College Teaching and Learning Specialization:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements

  • HE 510: Foundations of Higher Education (5 credits)
  • HE 520: Higher Education Laws and Regulations (5 credits)
  • HE 530: Higher Education Organization and Governance (5 credits)
  • HE 540: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education (5 credits)
  • HE 550: Higher Education Finance (5 credits)
  • IX 540: Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology (5 credits)

Additional Thesis Track Courses

  • HE 601: Master's Thesis Proposal (5 credits)
  • HE 602: Master's Thesis Defense (5 credits)

Specialization Requirements

Nonthesis track students must complete the following four courses. Thesis track students must choose two of the four courses.

  • HE 521: Teaching Adult Learners (5 credits)
  • HE 523: Curriculum Design and Implementation (5 credits)
  • HE 525: Student Learning Assessment Methods (5 credits)
  • HE 545: Teaching and Learning Online (5 credits)

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Career Paths:

Kaplan University's MS in Higher Ed - College Teaching and Learning program is designed to help prepare students to pursue administration positions in a wide range of postsecondary educational settings, including universities, 4-year colleges, community colleges, private colleges and universities, and various credit and noncredit technical colleges and schools. Prior to graduation, students will have the opportunity to engage in high-quality learning activities and study the theory and processes of adult education.

Some of the positions that program graduates could pursue include:

  • Postsecondary instructor
  • Online course instructor
  • Curriculum designer
  • Adult education technology consultant

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