Student Affairs in Higher Education Certificate of Completion

Certificate Curriculum

This certificate comprises four foundational courses introducing you to many facets of the profession. Courses explore the application of college student development theory, the function of student affairs within an institution, the impact of campus environment on student development and learning, and fiscal management in a university and student affairs environment.

Once accepted into the program, you can begin with any course in any semester, as available. Prior coursework cannot be applied toward this certificate.

The certificate can be completed in one year, though completion time will vary based on the number of credits successfully completed each semester.

Course Descriptions

EDHE 660 – Financial Management in Higher Education

Instructor: Allison Dineen, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, College of Business, CSU

Gain an understanding of the finance environment for higher education, analyze the role of fiscal management in a university/student affairs environment, and learn budgeting strategies to create, analyze and revise budgets, utilize strategies to maintain financial oversight over operations, and understand internal controls.

EDHE 670 – College Student Personnel Administration

Instructors: Dr. Mike Ellis, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs, CSU // Dr. Kris Binard, Dean of Students, Front Range Community College

Through an overview of the historical, philosophical, intellectual, and organizational foundations of student affairs in post-secondary education, explore student affairs functions, professional organizations, and professional standards and develop an understanding of the relationships between student affairs professionals, faculty, and other administrative areas and external constituents.

EDHE 673 – Student Development Theory

Instructor: Dr. Jody Donovan, Dean of Students, CSU

Gain a deeper understanding of college student development theory and its application through the examination of human development theories especially applicable to college students. This includes cognitive, moral, psycho-social, and ethical theories as well as adult development, racial, and sexual identity development models, spiritual development, typology, and a critique of student development theory.

EDHE 674 – Campus Ecology

Instructor: Dr. James Banning, Professor, School of Education, CSU

Ecology refers to the pattern of relations among organisms and the environment, and campus ecology is concerned with the pattern of relationships among students in higher educational settings and their social and physical environments. This evolves from a knowledge base from two major theoretical and research areas: counseling/student development theory and ecological/environmental psychology. Examine the impact of these relationships on learning, student development, and how the student personnel administrator can understand and facilitate these relationships.