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What will I learn?

The Master of Education Program develops breadth of understanding of higher and postsecondary education, though emphasizing particular domains of study and practice, among them, academic learning and development, organizational and institutional processes, and social/cultural and civic perspectives. Students in the Ed.M. Program typically use these offerings to elaborate and deepen their experience-based knowledge and intellectual interests in policymaking, curriculum development, student development, etc. Ed.M. students conclude their programs of study by writing an Integrative Paper focused on a particular topic of professional and personal interest and drawing on the knowledge resources availed by the three curricular domains.

The Ed.M. requires a minimum of 60 points and an integrative paper prepared as a culminating project. The Ed.M. offers two tracks:

(1) The Professional Practices in Higher Education track: The professional practices track is intended for early to mid-career higher education professionals who have worked in the field and are seeking theoretical and research-based tools to complement their professional experience. The course work in this track allows mid-career professionals to place their experiences in the broader context of educational, institutional, and social/cultural forces that drive experiences in higher education, while simultaneously deepening their knowledge of their primary subject matter interest pertaining to their professional development in higher education. Students conclude this program of study with an independent study that is a guided professional practice experience and by writing an integrative paper focused on a particular topic of professional and scholarly interest.

(2) The Practices of Research in Higher Education track: The practices of research track is intended for students who are interested in learning about how knowledge in higher education is produced through research that complements practice. Students in this track often seek to learn the most current ideas in the field of higher education as well as an understanding of how to create new knowledge about higher education in preparation for a future doctorate. The coursework in this track allows students to learn the broader context of educational, institutional, and social/cultural forces that drive experiences in higher education while simultaneously understanding the theoretical, methodological, and epistemological tools used by scholars in the field of higher education. Students conclude this program of study with an independent study that is a guided research experience and by writing an integrative paper focused on a particular topic of scholarly and professional interest.

Core courses required:

ORL 5521: Introduction to research methods in education or equivalent with advisor approval (3)
ORLH 4010: Purposes and policies of higher education (3)
ORLH 4011: Curriculum and instruction in higher education (3)
ORLH 4020: College and university organization and administration (3)
ORLH 4031: Financial administration of higher education institutions (3)
ORLH 5011: College teaching and learning (3)
ORLH 5044: Theories of diversity in higher education (3)
ORLH 5526: Literature of higher education (3)
ORLH 5527: The college professoriate (3)
ORLH 6511: Coordinating seminar in higher education (3)
ORLH TBA: New course on social, cultural, and civic missions of higher education (3)
ORLH 6900: Research and independent study in higher education or equivalent with advisor approval (3). (The Integrative paper is prepared in this course.)

Which department am I in?

Teachers College

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$41,736.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicant must hold equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have minimum TOEFL score of 100 internet based (IBT), 600 paper-base exam (PBT) and minimum IELTS score of 7.0

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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