Course Schedule

The PASA program requires 41 units, offers both full-time and part-time options. Students enrolling full-time are able to meet the degree requirements in two years. Students enrolling at a part-time pace of 2 courses per semester can complete the program in two and a half years, taking two courses per semester.

Next on campus program start date: August 26, 2019

Sample Schedule

Year 1

Fall Semester

EDUC 508 | (2 units)

Creating Communities of Interest

Establish your professional foundation and philosophy as an educator.

EDHP 500 | (3 units)

Foundations of Higher, Adult, and Professional Education

Explore contemporary issues in higher, adult, and professional education in the United States and offers analytic perspectives from disciplines including history, philosophy, and sociology with implications for policy and practice in higher education.

EDHP 563 | (3 units)

Student Affairs Work in College

Learn about principles, services, and organizational patterns of student affairs programs and services for two-year, four-year and professional higher education institutions. It also provides you with a detailed introduction to those exploring various opportunities within student affairs.

EDHP 687 | (3 units)

Student Development in Higher Education

Explore theories of college student development and application of developmental models for program design, interventions, outreach, and research programs. Understand how students grow and change during the college years.

Spring Semester

EDHP 552 | (3 units)

Politics of Difference

Examine strategies for restructuring institutions of higher education to improve student support and achievement among historically underserved groups.

EDHP 657 | (3 units)

Management of Student Services in Higher Education

Examine policies and theories for governance and management. Discuss relations between historical and contemporary organizational processes in postsecondary education, including an analysis and applications of current research, such as learning leadership models.

EDHP 679 | (3 units)

Legal Issues in the Administration of Higher Education

Analyze legal issues related to the administration of higher education. Examine relations with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and campus communities.

Summer Session

EDUC 570 | (3 units)

Research Methods & Data Analysis

Understand basic qualitative and quantitative inquiry methods and their appropriateness for addressing different research questions. Become familiar with research-related issues such as threats to validity.

EDHP 587 | (1 units)

Fieldwork in Higher, Adult, and Professional Education

Participate in structured supervised teaching or administrative activities. Assignments will be matched to your goals, training, and experience.

Year 2

Fall Semester

EDHP 657 | (3 units)

Applied Educational Ethnography

Gain basic research skills for improving leadership in higher, adult, and professional education. Understand qualitative research designs, such as ethnographic field designs, observations, focused and unstructured interviews, along with unobtrusive techniques.

Elective Course | (3 units)

See course electives at the bottom of this page


EDUC 616 | (3 units)

Higher Education Seminar


EDHP 594A | (2 units)

Master’s Thesis

Examine and analyze research and literature in an area of interest to you.

Spring Semester

EDHP 587 | (2 units)

Fieldwork in Higher, Adult, and Professional Education

Examine the career development process; principles of career and leisure planning and counseling applicable throughout life.

Elective Course | (3 units)

See course electives at the bottom of this page

Elective Course | (3 units)

See course electives at the bottom of this page

EDUC 594B | (2 units)

Master’s Thesis (Optional)

Required for all master’s candidates who do not enroll in the Master’s Seminar.

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The availability of electives will vary depending upon student interest and scheduling.

EDUC 689: Fiscal Support and Expenditure in Higher and Postsecondary Education – Analyze private and public financial support and expenditure patterns; including recent trends in state and federal legislation related to higher education.

EDHP 585: Intervention Strategies in College – Explore current campus issues such as violence, diversity and academic remediation, and their related intervention strategies (policy-based, programmatic, and counseling-based).

EDUC 614: Research & Assessment in Higher Education – Introduction to concepts and strategies related to assessment in the postsecondary context. Learn about topics related to the theory and applied field of research design, analytic procedures, assessment of programs and services, assessment of student learning outcomes, ethics in research, and best practices in Student Affairs assessment.

EDUC 531: Survey of Student Disabilities in Higher Education – Examine the history of the disability movement, as well as current research on the success of students with disabilities in higher education. Discuss legal and management issues.

EDUC 609: Academic Advising in Postsecondary Education – Examine historical and theoretical perspectives that relate to academic advising, and gain a better understanding of how academic advising “works” in practice. Build knowledge of academic advising for organizational systems and structures.

EDUC 547: Career Development: Theory and Practice – Examine the career development process; principles of career and leisure planning and counseling applicable throughout life.

EDHP 580: The Community College – Examine the community college movement and history, curriculum, and types of administrative structures, community college goals, the relationship to secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, faculty and student profiles.

EDUC 500: The Counseling Process: Theory and Process – Understand the theoretical foundations, models, values, and assumptions underlying psychological counseling; cross-cultural perspectives, ethical and legal considerations.

EDHP 503: Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning in Higher, Adult and Professional Education – Understand curriculum, teaching, and learning strategies for general, vocational, and professional education.

EDUC 615: Ethics in Athletic Administration – Examine ethical concerns and NCAA compliance issues in intercollegiate athletics. Review, analyze, and discuss issues of ethical/moral conduct in sport. Understand NCAA policies and infractions within Division I, II, and III competitive levels, and examine the intricacies of Title IX, violence in sport, and social justice issues tied to ethical behaviors.

EDUC 617: The Student Athlete in Higher Education – Examine the multi-faceted lives of student-athletes in higher education.

EDUC 613: Gender Issues in Athletic Administration – Examine Title IX and gender issues in institutions of higher education.

EDUC 611: Athletic Administration – Learn about critical issues in contemporary intercollegiate athletics. Understand the ways in which “big time” college athletics has both succeeded and failed to abide by higher education tenets.