The SAA program prepares students for a wide range of student affairs administrative, teaching, and leadership positions in post-secondary education. The SAA program is part of the Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education unit, and therefore, the curriculum of the SAA program reflects its philosophy and goals. The SAA Learning Goals provide insight into what students can expect to gain through the SAA program.
The SAA program is 40 credits and requires 2 practica (internship) experiences. Full-time students usually complete the degree in two years. Toward the end of their first year, students develop their program plan in conjunction with their faculty advisor.
Components of the Program Plan and Possible Courses
Major Courses (25 credit hours):
||Administration in Higher Education
||Foundations of Post secondary Education
||Collegiate Contexts for Teaching and Learning
||College Student Development
||Introduction to Student Affairs
||Issues and Strategies in Student Affairs
||Research and Assessment in Student Affairs
||Professional Development Seminar in Student Affairs
||(1 credit per semester, 4 credits required in program)
Support Courses (6-9 credit hours):
||Leadership and Organizational Development
||Building a Learning Organization
||Concept of a Learning Society
||Training and Professional Development
|| Adult Career Development
||Teaching in Post secondary Education
||Legal Issues in Higher Education
||Program Planning and Evaluation
||Budgeting and Finance in Higher Education
|| Independent Study
Supplemental Courses (6-9 credit hours):
Selected in consultation with the faculty advisor, these courses should be used to build skills in areas such as academic advisement, training and development, communications and counseling, etc. They can be taken from departments throughout the university.
Doctoral courses in EAD are also acceptable and encouraged.
Students are allowed to complete up to 3 credits at the upperdivision undergraduate level (300 or 400 level courses) with consultation of the student's academic advisor
The student must successfully complete a certifying examination during the semester in which the student intends to graduate. The written comprehensive exam must be completed during a semester in which the student is enrolled (for specific requirements, refer to the Academic Programs catalog available from the Office of the Registrar)