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Higher Education (Education, Ed.S.)

Working professionals who aspire to advance in higher education administration will find the Ed.S. program a meaningful base for building toward their professional objectives. Students who enter the Ed.S. program have diverse backgrounds, experiences, and goals. For this reason they have the ability, through consultation with their advisor, to tailor the cognate chosen to fulfill their degree obligations towards these goals.

Higher Education (Education, Ed.S.)


Description


What is Higher Education at ODU like?

Working professionals who aspire to advance in higher education administration will find the Ed.S. program a meaningful base for building toward their professional objectives. Students who enter the Ed.S. program have diverse backgrounds, experiences, and goals. For this reason they have the ability, through consultation with their advisor, to tailor the cognate chosen to fulfill their degree obligations towards these goals.

Program Highlights


What makes Higher Education at ODU unique?

  • Your course work provides conceptual and theoretical knowledge, as well as practical field experience

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Education Administrators, Postsecondary

$107,670

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.

Education Teachers, Postsecondary

$72,410

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Higher Education at ODU?

HIED 808:
Foundations of Higher Education


An examination of the historical foundations and contemporary challenges facing higher education leaders. Coursework encourages students to explore linkages between research, theory, and practice, promoting a nuanced understanding of differing perspectives on complex and evolving issues. Development of graduate-level writing is emphasized.

HIED 825:
Higher Education Politics and Policy


This course examines policy-in-action to help students understand how policies are developed at the organizational, state, and national levels, while gaining an understanding of the interplay of public perception and policymaking that can impact university operations. Students will explore the process by which policies are made, and they will consider why some problems are escalated to the public agenda, why some solutions are adopted and others rejected, and why some policies appear to succeed while others seem to fail.

HIED 845:
Today?s College Student


A survey of college student experiences, with an emphasis on growth and development. Coursework will encourage students to apply theory to practice.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Higher Education at ODU?

Students entering the Education Specialist program in Higher Education should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

 

Prospective students seeking admission to the Ed.S. program with a Concentration in Higher Education must:

  1. Meet all University admission requirements as listed in the Old Dominion University Catalog;
  2. Have a completed Master's degree in an appropriate discipline from a regionally accredited university, and submit transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work with a minimum GPA of 3.5. Degrees that are equivalent to a Master’s degree such as L.L.B., J.D., and D.D.S. are also acceptable;
  3. Provide two (2) letters of recommendation. At least one letter must come from a professor or an individual who describes the applicant's academic performance and writing ability. Letters from senior-level leaders that endorse the applicant's leadership potential are encouraged;
  4. Provide a 1-page single-spaced essay that addresses the questions: What are your professional goals? Why do you wish to obtain the specific degree for which you are applying?
  5. Provide an original 2-page single-spaced academic writing sample. Pick one current issue facing higher education of interest to you. What is the issue? Why is the issue important to the field of higher education research and practice?
  6. Provide a CV or resume that describes the applicant’s academic and professional background;
  7. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a current score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT of at least 80.

Applicants whose admission credentials are slightly below the required minimum will be considered for provisional admission.

Non-degree students are limited to a maximum of two HIED, CCL, and/or FOUN courses prior to admission unless they receive permission from the GPD. Non-degree students must receive academic advising by a Higher Education program faculty member prior to enrollment in any course as a non-degree student. Performance in classes as a non-degree student will not guarantee admission into the program.

 

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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Contact


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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR


Name:

Laura Smithers


Location:

2300 EDUCATION BUILDING, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-3165


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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