Higher Education

Student Affairs Leadership Graduate Certificate

Temple's graduate certificate in student affairs leadership is designed for those who currently work in or aspire to administrative roles in student affairs and related areas such as residential life, student activities, and athletics administration. Building on course offerings in the M.Ed in higher education program, this certificate deepens students’ understanding of and skills in student affairs administration, including focusing on the current leadership contexts and best practices in managing student life and engagement in colleges and universities.The program is designed to provide deep coverage of content that will equip graduates with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to continue developing their student affairs administrative and leadership practices over time.

Learning Goals & Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • Familiarity with the major historical, social, legal, economic, cultural, and political contexts of student affairs in higher education;
  • An understanding of the basic administrative functions of student affairs professionals and institutional contexts in which they exists;
  • Ability to critically examine, diagnose, and address student affairs challenges and opportunities; demonstrate an understanding and critically apply strategies for effective practice in student affairs in higher education.
  • Habits of reflective and equity-conscious administrative practitioners in student affairs, including conducting critical inquiry into issues of inequity or disparities in student experiences;
  • Engagement in learning agents on behalf of the institution; and collecting, interpreting, and communicating evidence to substantiate student affairs issues.

This certificate may also be combined with the master's in higher education program. Students admitted to the masters' in higher education with a concentration in student affairs leadership shall complete the requirements for the certificate and may elect to receive the certificate-in-passing.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 12 hours of graduate-level instruction, including

Program Overview
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
HIED 5104 College Students and Development Theory 3
HIED 5201 Diversity Issues in Higher Education 3
HIED 5401 Student Affairs in Higher Education 3
CPSY 5689 Counseling Psychology Laboratory I 3
Total Credit Hours 12

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