Curriculum Overview

Course Content:

The Higher Education Leadership Program is a 30 credit program. The coursework consists of two core foundational courses (6 credits), six higher education leadership specific content courses (18 credits), and a comprehensive capstone including a 3 credit practicum and 3 credit capstone courses (6 credits).

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The practicum experience is the foundation of the UW-Whitewater HELEAD Program. The program requires a 3 credit practicum aimed at preparing students for career fields through hands-on, practitioner experience. Practicums include 150 hours of hands-on work in a unit of higher education of professional interest to the student, and are arranged with the program coordinator and site supervisor. This experience is highly individualized and tailored to assist students with meeting individual career goals. Current students and alumni have completed practicums throughout the Midwest in areas such as student affairs, academic affairs, intercollegiate athletics, and two-year college leadership. As future higher education leaders, practical experience in the field is crucial. Students in the program will apply theory and concepts developed in class to higher education leadership settings. The purpose of the practicum is twofold: (a) to enhance individual leadership skill sets; and (b) to enhance each students' professional résumé and CV to be competitive in a job market that values diverse, hands-on, practical experiences in higher education.


3 HELEAD 723 Issues, Perspectives & Directions: A Professional Seminar in Education
3 HELEAD/EDFOUND 780 Reading, Analyzing and Evaluating Educational Research

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