Leadership in Higher Education
In this post-master’s certificate, you will further develop your knowledge in educational leadership research, theory and practices applicable to higher education. You will explore current trends and topics in higher education, and special emphasis will be placed on strategic planning and best practices that support the drive toward institutional effectiveness.
Basis of Admission
A completed master's-level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university.
Six Courses (18 credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate.
At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
All courses are 8 weeks in length. Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates.
Organization and Governance of Higher Education
This course introduces doctoral students to the classical theories, traditional models, and contemporary readings regarding approaches and structures relative to organizational governance in higher education. Topical areas to be covered include organizational theory, governance models, campus climate, institutional change, and diversity.
Legal Issues in Higher Education
This course enables doctoral students to develop a fundamental understanding of the importance of legal issues in higher education and their impact on individual rights and responsibilities as well as those of institutions of higher education.
Higher Education Finance
This course will provide students with an overview of financial issues applicable to higher education in the United States. Students will engage a broad foundation of theory, practice, research, and policy of higher education economics. Topics will include societal investment in higher education, methods of finance, costs of higher education, and budgeting concepts.
Current Trends and Topics in Higher Education
Higher education is experiencing radical transformation in scope, style, technology, and objectives. In this course students have the opportunity to survey many different trends and societal influences, but also have the opportunity to research those topics which relate to their professional role -- whether they serve in a community college, for profit institution, a private not-for-profit, a state university system, or a not for profit institution. Topics for consideration include 1. the effects of globalization and the prospect of international accreditation; 2. the balancing of entrepreneurial and philosophical goals of higher education; 3. the interaction between state governments and public universities; 4. the changing role of community colleges; 5. the conflicting interests and roles of boards, administrators and faculty; 6. the emergence of virtual education and the impact of technology on teaching and learning; 7. the shifting demographics and psychographics of students; 8. the differing views of academic governance; 9. the transition from a faculty-centered culture to a student-centered culture; 10. the impact of for profit higher education institutions; 11. the evolving role of professional and regional accreditation agencies; 12. the changing attitudes toward and approaches to tenure and the emergence of post-tenure review models. With guidance from the faculty member, students may also customize this course to focus on particular areas of interest and professional growth.
Foundations of Higher Education Leadership
The purpose of this doctoral course is to provide a foundation for the nuances of higher education leadership and theory. Emphasis will be given to the practical application of higher education leadership theories and the academic and administrative roles of an institution of higher education. students will explore best practices to uncover links that can be made to increase the value of higher education practices.
Strategic Planning & Institutional Effectiveness in Higher Education
Institutional and programmatic planning in tandem with the concern for institutional effectiveness often present academic leadership with more questions than answers: How does one create the future in a time of rapid change? Where does the process essential to creating responsive, transformational change in higher learning organizations begin? Who among us should be trusted with guiding deep change in the very essence of the academy? How does one take on new programmatic initiatives without losing sight of the traditional strengths and values of the academy? How does one respond to rapidly evolving missions, confront disruptive technologies, and attain operational flexibilities in a highly competitive environment? How does one build a learning organization that does not make absolute loyalty to tradition a precondition for experimentation and action? And, importantly, how does one both stay the course and modify chosen strategic paths through the employment of practical assessment models and outcomes measures. Critically, a major goal of this course will be to insure an understanding of and appreciation for the range of approaches that can be taken to strategic planning, explicitly linking all strategies with the principles and best practices that support the drive toward institutional effectiveness.
At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. We have adopted an all-inclusive tuition model that gives you the cost of your Post-Master's Certificate in Education tuition and fees in one flat program rate*. The only additional cost above your post-master's certificate program rate is books. Learn more about the NCU’s post-master's certificate costs below:
- Per credit cost: $857
- Per 3 credit course cost: $2,570
- Program cost: $15,420
- Average book cost per course: $110
- Application Fee: $0
- Technology Fee: $0
- Registration Fee: $0
*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.
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- No Physical Residency Requirements
- One-to-One Teaching
- 100% Doctoral Faculty
- Flexibility of Online Learning
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