Higher Education Specialization

George Fox University

The Higher Education Specialization is for professionals working in or preparing to work in colleges and universities in the areas of:

  • Student life
  • Admission
  • Enrollment management
  • Financial aid
  • Institutional advancement or fund raising

This specialization draws upon existing courses within the EDFL department and upon faculty and administrators at George Fox with diverse experiences in the areas outlined above and with doctoral research on these areas of higher education.

Specialization courses are a blend of face-to-face classroom meetings, online classes, and face-to-face/online hybrid classes. Summer classes meet at our Newberg campus (affordable housing is available for long-distance students); spring and fall classes are taught mostly online with a few evening/weekend classes.

MEd with Higher Education Specialization Requirements

Foundations Core (5 hours - these courses must be taken at George Fox)

EDFL 670 Ethical Foundations in Education (3 hrs)
EDFL 671 Ethical Perspectives on Educational Leadership (3 hrs)
EDFL 703 Bibliographic Research and Writing (2 hrs)

Research Core (8 hours)

Complete the following course:
EDFL 704 Survey of Qualitative and Quantitative Research (3 hrs)

Select one of the following:
EDFL 706 Experimental Research Designs (2 hrs)
EDFL 707 Survey Research Designs (2 hrs)
EDFL 708 Program Evaluation Designs (2 hrs)
EDFL 709 Ethnographic Research Designs (2 hrs)
EDFL 710 Historical Research Designs* (2 hrs)
EDFL 716 Action Research Designs (2 hrs)
* Prerequisite(s) required for this course. Consult your advisor for more details.

Complete research hours with advisor and research project committee:
EDFL 711 Master's Project Proposal (1 hr)
EDFL 712 Master's Project Research (1 hr)
EDFL 713 Master's Project Presentation (1 hr)
EDFL 715 Master's Project Research II (1-4 hrs - optional: if project not completed while enrolled in EDFL 713)

Higher Education Specialization (23 hours)

Complete the following required 19 semester hours of educational leadership courses and practica:
EDFL 505 Trends and Issues in Higher Education (3 hrs)
EDFL 519 Practicum (2 hrs - arranged either at Geoge Fox or another approved college setting with an experienced mentor)
EDFL 634 Adult Development in Educational Organizations (2 hrs)
EDFL 651 Strategic Planning (2 hrs)
EDFL 653 Organizational Change and Decision Making (2 hrs)
EDFL 675 Faith and Learning Seminar: Faith Development (1 hr)
EDFL 682 Legal Perspectives on Educational Policy (3 hrs)
EDFL 685 Counseling in Higher Education (3 hrs)
EDFL 694 History of American Higher Education (3 hrs)

Select 4 semester hours from the following courses or another approved EDFL course:
EDFL 642 Student Life: Issues, Policy, and Planning (2 hrs)
EDFL 643 Enrollment Issues: Marketing and Retention (2 hrs)
EDFL 644 Advancing the Organization: Fund Raising (2 hrs)

Scot HeadleyProgram Contact:
Scot Headley
Chair, EDFL

Telephone: 503-554-2836
E-mail: sheadley@georgefox.edu

Admission Information:

Photo of Gina Worley Gina Worley
Inquiry & Application Coordinator
Telephone: 503-554-6078
E-mail: gworley@georgefox.edu

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