- Student Learning & Development
ContactDr. Ramona B Lewis
The higher education and student affairs (HESA) concentration in the Master of Arts in educational leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University focuses on developing reflective practitioners for entry and mid-level positions in higher education. The program emphasizes a scholar-practitioner model to combine a broad-based student development and leadership theory core with required individualized field experiences. Distinctive to higher education and student affairs is an emphasis on the centrality of diversity and inclusiveness in higher education. One of the ways this is actualized is through a required and individually designed diversity cognate. The higher education and student affairs (HESA) curriculum meets CAS standards for masters-level student affairs preparation programs. Students also develop professional competency areas for student affairs practitioners through the 39-credit hour coursework including two distinct, site-based field experiences and completion of the performance-driven leadership portfolio. The higher education and student affairs program promotes innovative learning, discovery and service through our emphasis on professional development, engagement in scholarly practice and research, and an emphasis on leadership in the profession.
The higher education and student affairs (HESA) concentration at WMU prepares practitioner-scholars who:
Have the knowledge and skills to enhance student learning and development in a variety of higher education environments.
Recognize the centrality of diversity and inclusiveness to higher education.
Are able to effectively and ethically lead and serve in a dynamic educational culture.
Number of Program Faculty
- None Required
- Full time
- Part time