Core Learning Domains

Faculty at California State University, Fullerton, along with consulting practitioners, have built the higher education emphasis of the M.S. in Education program around five core learning domains:

  1. Leadership
  2. Social justice and advocacy
  3. Education
  4. Assessment and evaluation
  5. Personal & Professional development

The following statements further elaborate on each of these learning domains.

Leadership

Higher education master’s degree students will become leaders who are able to apply fundamental leadership and organization theories along with core management skills (e.g., planning, environmental scanning, legal compliance, risk management, use of technology, budgeting, and human resource management) to student affairs practice as reflected in case study analysis as well as in practicum and fieldwork experiences.

Social Justice & Advocacy

Higher education master’s degree students will become social justice advocates who are able to draw upon a deepened understanding of their own cultures, the cultures and characteristics of college students, and institutional structures in order to develop educational programs that promote educational access and success for all students, especially those from historically underrepresented populations of students.

Education

Higher education master’s degree students will become educators who are able to draw upon an analysis and evaluation of the historical and philosophical foundations of the student affairs profession as well as major student development theories (psychosocial, cognitive, moral, life span, typological, and college impact) in order to develop educational programs that promote student development and learning.

Assessment & Evaluation

Higher education master’s degree students will become professionals who are able to demonstrate their understanding of student affairs scholarship in the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of current research, who can design processes to assess student learning and development in the co-curriculum, and who can plan and implement formative and summative program evaluations and research projects.

Personal & Professional Development

Higher education master’s degree students will become practitioners who articulate a clear philosophy of student affairs, and who systematically draw upon personal reflection regarding their strengths and weaknesses as well as upon feedback from mentors to enhance their personal and professional development.

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Page updated: June 4, 2013