Feb 20, 2019  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership- Higher Education/ Student Affairs (HESA)

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Adviser: Elizabeth Broughton, PhD.
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This 38 credit hour master’s program is designed to prepare individuals for a wide variety of student affairs positions, such as admissions, orientation, Greek life, housing, leadership development, student activities, academic advising, and athletic academic advising.


Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education programs develop leaders who demonstrate reflective thought and scholarship within the context of a culturally diverse society.

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School.
  2. Applicants must have earned a valid undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution of higher education (an undergraduate student may apply after the final semester’s registration is completed).
  3. International students must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 550 and 5 on the essay. 
  4. Applicants seeking their first master’s degree must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 overall or a GPA of 2.75 in the second half of the undergraduate program. Applicants seeking a second master’s degree must have a GPA of 3.0 or better on their previous graduate degree.
  5. Applicants must submit confidential appraisal forms from two professional supervisors and/or supervising professors that address the quality of the applicant’s professional work. Applicants may receive these forms from the department office. The completed forms are due with the Application for Graduate Admission.
  6. Applicants must submit a resume that details their professional and educational experiences.
  7. On the graduate application, students must complete the personal statement of accomplishments and academic goals portion describing the reasons for requesting admission. This essay must be a minimum of 250 words and will be reviewed as an indicator of writing ability.

Admission Process

The admission process for the master’s degree is as follows:

  1. The Office of Admissions will receive and gather all required documents. Completed applications that contain test scores, the required GPAs, confidential appraisal forms, a copy of the teaching certificate or waiver, and the résumé will be forwarded to the coordinator of advising for the educational leadership program.
  2. Completed applications will be reviewed by the faculty review committee. Those applicants who have submitted acceptable GPAs, the résumé, recommendations, goal statement and confidential appraisal forms will be admitted, assigned an adviser and invited for an advising interview. An application may be deemed “questionable” due to a combination of low GPA, fair or poor recommendations, poor writing ability and/or statements that are inconsistent with the student’s goals as an administrator.
  3. These applications will be reviewed by the full faculty, giving special consideration to the life experiences, verbal skills, writing skills, educational background and GPAs.
  4. Those persons whose applications are accepted will be notified.
  5. All decisions by the faculty regarding admissions are final.

Retention Review Requirements

A retention review will be conducted by the faculty review committee and coordinated by the EDLD coordinator of advising. Students who have not met the following criteria will be identified and asked to meet with their academic advisers. Students must have:

  1. A minimum GPA of at least 3.25 in required educational leadership courses;
  2. Acceptable progress made in developing a professional portfolio after completing 18 hours of course work; and
  3. An overall academic skills assessment of average or above in any educational leadership class. 

Retention Process

The objective of this retention plan is to assure that students have an opportunity to review the appropriateness of their career choice and to receive assistance in achieving their master’s degree in educational leadership should they choose to continue in the field. The retention review will be conducted by the EDLD coordinator of advising with the faculty review committee.

  1. After completing 18 hours of course work, students should schedule a meeting with their adviser to discuss the review progress in developing a professional portfolio.
  2. Faculty may complete the Leadership Candidate Evaluation form for any student in any class, if they choose to do so. These forms will be filed in the student’s folder.
  3. Each semester the Office of Graduate Studies and Research will review the GPA of each student completing 12 hours (which should include EDLD510 and EDLD514). The EDLD coordinator of advising will examine the files of all students who have not achieved the required GPA and recommend review by the faculty review committee.
  4. The coordinator of advising will send a letter to each identified student requesting him or her to meet with his or her adviser to discuss career goals and the need for assistance. If the need for assistance is established, a plan will be developed. For example, if difficulties exist with skill or concept acquisition, the student may be required to audit a class.

Exit Process
Portfolio Requirement
Students will be guided through the portfolio assessment process by their adviser as follows:

  1. Following admission, students should schedule a meeting with their adviser to plan their program and to obtain information about the exit portfolio assessment.
  2. After completing 18 hours of course work, students should schedule a meeting with their adviser to discuss the progress of their portfolios.
  3. A student who believes his/her portfolio is complete, should contact the adviser to schedule the oral and written presentation. This will be made before at least two members of the EDLD program faculty, and will consist of an oral presentation by the student, followed by discussion with faculty regarding the student’s learning and growth, along with perceptions of the strengths and/or weaknesses of the overall program.

Student achievement will be documented in a cumulative portfolio that contains artifacts representative of the educational leadership knowledge base.

An assessment of the portfolio will be made using the following criteria:

Cognitive complexity
Quality of content

In addition, the program component stressing effective written and oral communication skills will be assessed by examination of the quality of writing presented in the portfolio and the quality of oral communication displayed in the portfolio presentation before faculty. All of the components of the portfolio must be rated satisfactory for completion.

The portfolio will be evaluated as one of the following:

Pass without revisions
Pass with minor revisions by date indicated
Pass with major revisions by date indicated
No pass

Course Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 38 credit hours to complete the master’s degree. Twenty hours of specific basic concentration coursework, 10 hours in student affairs and 15 in EDLD and related course electives are required. Electives are chosen in consultation with the student’s program adviser.

One course from the following:

One course from the following:

Student Affairs Emphasis: 13 hours

Elective Courses: 10 hours

  • Six elective course hours selected in consultation with the graduate adviser

Program Total: 38 hours

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