Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Leadership Concentration Courses

The HESA Leadership concentration focuses on developing reflective practitioners, who are committed to the centrality of diversity and inclusion, for entry- and mid-level positions in higher education. Positions may include: admissions, advising, residence life, student activities, career services, enrollment management and offices designed to support and retain historically underserved student populations, and others. HESA emphasizes a practitioner-scholar model to combine a student development and leadership theory core with two required individualized field experiences. Distinctive to HESA is the required and individually designed Diversity Cognate. The HESA curriculum meets CAS Standards for Masters-Level Student Affairs Preparation Programs and includes two distinct site-based Field Experiences. Students develop ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators rough 39 credit hours of coursework, Field Experiences, and the Performance Driven Leadership Portfolio. The HESA program promotes professional development, engagement in scholarly practice and research, and leadership in the profession through professional association involvement. Additional information available on current students section of site.

Printable version of HESA courses and descriptions of courses

6890 Global Perspectives with Dunn

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are three credit hours.

I.  Leadership core

Section total: Seven credits

II. Specialty core in Higher education and student affairs

Section total: 21 credits

III. Field experience

  • EDLD 6580: Field Experience in Higher Education and Student Affairs, three credits - 300 supervised field-based clock hours, with an online seminar (Students currently working full-time in appropriate higher education/student affairs position may be eligible to waive up to 150 hours of the Field Experience required clock hours as determined with the faculty advisor and with completed waiver application).

Section total: Three credits

IV. Diversity cognate

The WMU higher education and student affairs program was founded on and continues to emphasize issues of inclusion and access to higher education for historically marginalized and or under served student populations in higher education. One way this is actualized is through a required and individually designed diversity cognate, six credit hours selected by the student with help from an advisor. Courses for the diversity cognate should meet the stated goals and be approved by the faculty advisor.

  • Diversity cognate courses. A variety of courses at WMU or beyond may fit. (Courses may range from 1 to 3 credits for a total of 6 credits). Sampling of previous courses have included:Asian American students in higher education, Global perspectives in higher education, LGBT students in higher education, Students with disabilities, Social justice mission of community colleges, Hispanics and Latinos in higher education, White privilege and White identity, Women in leadership, First-generation college students.

Sample list of diversity cognate coursesStudy abraod pre departure

Section total: six credits

V. Capstone experience and Electronic pdl portfolio development

  • EDLD 6792: Capstone Seminar, 100 supervised field-based hours, plus hybrid seminar, plus portfolio. Participation in a shorter (100-hour) advanced practicum experience coupled with a seminar course; and, development of an electronic portfolio representing all academic work and professional experiences during the master's program.

Section total: 2 credits

Program total: 39 credits

New Multi-year plan of HESA courses (revised, Spring 2019)