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The CSA Curriculum
The CSA Curriculum
“The College Student Affairs program is challenging in terms of learning new material but professors make sure everything is applicable to in- and out-of-classroom experiences in student affairs,” — Keywuan Caulk, M.Ed. ’12, Area Coordinator, Rutgers University.
The College Student Affairs program in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership degree offers a unique blend of coursework that prepares students for careers as student affairs educators. Courses may be available face-to-face, on-line, or as hybrid classes to enable students to engage in summer experiences outside of the local area.
Students can earn the 45-credit degree in four or five academic terms as a full-time student (9 to 12 credit hours per term) and may begin the graduate program in the fall, spring, or summer terms.
As a key element of the program, students complete 12 credits (two semesters of 6 credits) of supervised Field Experience.
Total Credits Required = 45 (9 Core credits + 6 Research Core credits + 30 CSA credits) elective credits)
Core Coursework – 9 credit hours
EDL 500 - Introduction to Educational Leadership- 3 credits
EDL 501 - Organizational Behavior and Program Development- 3 credits
EDL 524 - Ethical, Legal and Leadership Issues in CSA 3 credits
Research Core– 6 credit hours
EDL 590 - Educational Research and Writing- 3 credits
EDL 523 - Assessment and The College Student Experience- 3 credits
College Student Affairs track – 30 credit hours
EDL 520- Professional Helping in CSA- 3 credits
EDL 521- Student Development Theory- 3 credits
EDL 522- Foundations and Functions of CSA- 3 credits
COUNSEL 510 - Group Counseling and Leadership Skills- 3 credits
COUNSEL 525 - Multicultural Counseling- 3 credits
EDL 599 - Field Experience in CSA- 12 credits (6 credit course completed twice)
Elective approved by Program Coordinator – 3 credits
COUNSEL 510 - Group Counseling and Leadership Skills
Examines group processes and their application to counseling. This course also offers practical experiences in facilitating and leading support groups in an educational organization. Students will also participate as a member in a group setting. Prerequisites: COUNSEL.500 or COUNSEL.501.
COUNSEL 525 - Multicultural Counseling
Focuses students' attention to the presence of personal resistance, biases, prejudices, stereotypes, judgmental thought processes, and racist tendencies in society and how that affects practicing counselors and student affairs professionals. The development of knowledge and understanding regarding characteristics and concerns of diverse populations, the attitudes and behaviors affected by dominant group membership, and the individual and group approaches/interventions appropriate within the multicultural helping settings will be explored. The course will also provide students with a comprehensive overview of the theoretical approach concerning knowledge, awareness, skills, and attitudes toward seeking mental health services that counselors and student affairs professionals will need in order to demonstrate multicultural competence. May be offered in traditional and distance education formats. Prerequisites: None.
EDL 500, Introduction to Educational Leadership
Focuses on examination of the functions and tasks of educational administration. Issues include the evolving school and college setting; the meaning, development, and work of school and college administrators; educational systems analysis; school and college personnel administration; administrative and organizational behavior; and career ladders in educational administration. Three hours lecture per week. May be offered in traditional and distance education formats. This course satisfies PDE guidelines for Inclusive Classrooms and Standards Aligned System (SAS). Three hours lecture per week. Perquisite: None.
EDL 501 - Organizational Behavior and Program Development
Explores the various attributes and impacts of organizational behavior with a core focus on effectively creating programs and leading change within an organization. Main topics included are: vision, mission, communication, conflict, renewal, accountability, power, building capacity, change, culture, and professional development. Using needs assessment data for action planning for effective program implementation is established. May be offered in traditional and distance education formats. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: None.
EDL 520- Professional Helping in College Student Affairs
Exposes students to components of professional helping with a specific focus on the college setting and the college student. Incorporating active use of helping skills, students will apply a three-stage helping model to interactions with college students. In addition, the topics of student mental health, multicultural competence, student diversity, reflective practice, facilitation of discussion, crisis counseling, and legal and ethical issues will be examined. May be offered in traditional and distance education formats. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: None.
EDL 521- Student Development Theory
Examines and critiques theories of college student development and how college shapes the formation of one's identity. In keeping with our scholar-practitioner mode, this course also considers how these theories are applied in a contemporary college setting. This course serves as a foundation for all college student affairs coursework and subsequent field experiences. May be offered in traditional and distance education formats. Three hours lecture per week.
EDL 522- Foundations and Functions of College Student Affairs
Provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of college student affairs and its role in American higher education. This course examines the underpinnings of the college student affairs profession specifically, and higher education generally, including history, philosophy, roles, and functions. Students will also explore college student characteristics, analyze the influence of organizational type and culture on college students and the nature of student affairs work, and consider essential partnerships with stakeholders in college student affairs work. May be offered in traditional and distance education formats. Prerequisites: None.
EDL 523 - Assessment and The College Student Experience
Provides a comprehensive examination of the experiences of postsecondary students including the nature and characteristics of the population, the effects and outcomes of college, the roles and responsibilities of student affairs practitioners in measuring programmatic outcomes, and step-by-step procedures for assessing learning outcomes. May be offered in traditional and distance education formats. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: None.
EDL 524 - Ethical, Legal and Leadership Issues in College Student Affairs
Examines and critiques an array of contemporary and historical issues in college student affairs specifically and higher education in general. This course has a special focus on ethical, legal and leadership issues and how these concepts relate to and influence various issues in college student affairs. May be offered in traditional and distance education formats. Prerequisites: None.
EDL 590 - Educational Research and Writing
Surveys various concepts, theories and methods related to research conducted in an educational setting. Students will review, analyze, critique and design research using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods strategies. Critical analysis of existing research literature and research ethics are also presented. Students will develop and refine their educational writing through course assignments and completion of a comprehensive and professionally relevant final paper. May be offered in traditional and distance education formats. Prerequisites: None.
EDL 599 - Field Experience in College Student Affairs
Exposes students to a comprehensive, pre-professional experience spanning two academic semesters for advanced graduate students in the College Student Affairs specialty within the counseling program. Students must complete 250 hours (per term) of supervised professional level work in a college student affairs department. Graduate students are required to secure their own field placement, which must be approved in advance by the instructor or the program coordinator, as appropriate. Periodic seminars, either online or in person, will be conducted to complement the practical experience. May be offered in traditional and distance education formats. Prerequisites: None.
Some Elective Options
COUNSEL 512, Maladaptive and Adaptive Behaviors Across the Lifespan
This course assists students in understanding both adaptive and maladaptive behavior across the life span, with particular attention given to child, adolescent and young adult behavior. It provides students with foundations to assess, differentiate and diagnose various mental disorders based on the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). It will also focus on etiology, symptomatology, treatment, and prognosis of various disorders, as well as the associated biological, personal, and social characteristics. It also examines aspects of resiliency, buffers against stress and mental illness, and adaptive functioning based on race, culture and gender differences. Prerequisites: Graduate Student Status.
COUNSEL 520, Human Development
Explores human development throughout the lifespan with a special focus on the school age and college years. Topics covered include physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of human growth, development, and behavior. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of the course content to the counseling and student affairs professions. Students will develop an understanding of the personal-social nature and needs of Pre-K students up through college students and families at all developmental levels in multicultural contexts. Prerequisites: None. May be offered in traditional and distance education formats.
EDL 530, Campus Crisis Management
Provides a comprehensive introduction to the theories and practical approaches to minimizing, responding to, and managing campus crises as a college student affairs practitioner. Students will also examine related professional standards, response structures and partnerships, cross-cultural factors, legal and ethical issues, and emerging issues and technologies. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: None. May be offered in traditional and distance education formats.
EDL 531, Legal Issues in College Student Affairs
Provides graduate students and entry-level student affairs practitioners with a basic understanding of the legal issues they are likely to confront in order to recognize the issues and act within the parameters of the law. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: None. May be offered in traditional and distance education formats.
MGMT 567, Managing People in Organizations
This is a skill-building course that focuses on the development of interpersonal management skills. Students enhance their skills in areas of supportive communication, managing conflict, motivating employees, delegating responsibilities, developing and managing work teams, managing problem employees and facilitating change. Three lecture hours per week.