M.A. in Educational Studies
(Student Development Major)
Have a desire to understand and serve students in a post-secondary environment?
The Student Development major prepares people to work in various student service areas including Residential Life, Program Development, Career Guidance/Placement, Enrollment, Student Ministries, International Student Assistance, and other counselling and teaching-related fields. This program will allow Resident Directors or Admissions Counsellors hold positions such as Dean of Students or Director of Admissions.
The degree requirement is 60 credit hours with five specialized classes, including the supervised practicum, to help students focus on issues faced by today's students in higher education. Six hours of electives offered in counselling or educational ministries (courses such as leadership and administration) add to the diversity of the program. Additional courses are designed to help the student understand the theological, psychological, spiritual, and ethical contexts in which they serve.
Students may take half of their courses online and come to campus for three summers for three-week intensive modules. In this way the program can be completed in three years (six semesters of online courses and three summers of module courses).
Two different formats are available: An on-campus study in Otterburne or an innovative Distance Education format that includes online, module, and interactive distance education courses.