Higher Education

Program Overview

The Higher Education program at Texas Tech University is a competency-based program for those who wish to lead change and reform higher education settings. It is designed to develop scholarly practitioners that understand the importance of equity and social justice. Graduates of the program are equipped to apply theories and practical research as tools to name, frame, and solve problems of practice, using empirical evidence to evaluate impact and develop innovative solutions for colleges and universities.

The Higher Education program is committed to excellence in preparing and supporting administrative and instructional leaders for higher education, generating and supporting research in the field of higher education, and delivering public service to the practice of higher education. The program delivers teaching, research, and professional services to students, institutions of higher education, and other academic disciplines.

The Higher Education program delivers a Graduate Certification in Higher Education Administration, as well as Master's and Doctorate level degrees. For more information regarding each degree, please select the respective tab on the top of this page.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Dr. Fred Hartmeister
EP&L Department Chair, Professor
fred.hartmeister@ttu.edu
806.834.0248
Personal Webpage

Dr. Dimitra Jackson
Assistant Professor
dimitra.jackson@ttu.edu
806.834.1558
Personal Webpage

David Jones
Assistant Professor of Practice
djones.jones@ttu.edu
806.834.0989
Personal Webpage

Dr. Stephanie Jones, Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
stephanie.j.jones@ttu.edu
806.834.1380
Personal Webpage

Dr. Andrew Koricich
Assistant Professor
andrew.koricich@ttu.edu
Personal Webpage

Dr. Dave Louis
Assistant Professor
dave.louis@ttu.edu
Personal Webpage

Dr. Valerie Paton
Associate Professor
valerie.paton@ttu.edu
806.742.2184
Personal Webpage

Dr. Colette Taylor
Assistant Professor
colette.taylor@ttu.edu
806.834.4903
Personal Webpage

Student Support Staff

For assistance with the application process, please contact the Student Support Staff.

Joni Sanders
Higher Education Unit Coordinator
joni.sanders@ttu.edu
806.834.5722
Personal Webpage

David Jones
Assistant Professor of Practice
djones.jones@ttu.edu
806.834.0989
Personal Webpage

 

Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certification in Higher Education Administration (CERT)

The Graduate Certification in Higher Education Administration (CERT) offers opportunities for any individual interested in working in colleges and universities to hone their skills by taking coursework that focuses on the current trends and methodologies in the higher education administration sector. A minimum of 15 semester credit hours is required for certification. This program is considered a non-degree seeking program and does not qualify for financial aid assistance. The program is currently offered onsite only although some specific courses may be offered online. The GRE is not required for the certificate program.

CERT Handbook

Master's Degree

Master of Education program in Higher Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education program in Higher Education (M.Ed.) offers opportunities for individuals who seek careers in middle management and leadership positions at community colleges and universities. Students can choose from a thesis or a non-thesis option. The non-thesis option is 39 hours above the Bachelor’s degree and 42 hours for the thesis option. This program is currently offered onsite only. Admission is offered in any term but students are encouraged to begin in the fall or spring to help facilitate their sequence of courses.

How does this degree advance my career?

The Master of Education program in Higher Education offers opportunities for individuals who seek careers in entry level to middle management, teaching, and leadership positions at community colleges and universities. Graduates of the TTU Higher Education Masters Program will be collaborative, team-oriented, practitioner-based professionals who have the ability to access, evaluate and develop solutions to higher education problem(s) of practice.

How is the program delivered?

The Master's degree is delivered through traditional in-classroom courses, however some summer courses may be offered online.

Course of study / Course Sequence

The Master in Higher Education curriculum has been developed to assist students to develop the requisite knowledge, skills and competency needed by higher education administrators of tomorrow. Courses will be taken in a prescribed manner according the chosen option for the master’s degree. (See Appendix B)

Trademark Outcomes

Texas Tech graduate students possess distinctive skills and can produce distinctive products, qualities which establish these students as leaders in their fields.

Distinctive Skill

1. Students will become Higher Education administrators who clearly understand the multiple purposes of higher education and effectively assess the lived experiences of the multiple audiences in higher education environments.

2. Students will become Higher Education administrators who utilize effective communication and collaborative skills in team environments.

Distinctive Product

Graduates of the TTU Higher Education Program will be able to develop and evaluate the impact of a solution to higher education problem(s) of practice. These solutions will be characterized by the use of team-based collaboration and its enrichment by diverse views and people.

The development and achievement of these distinctive skills will be assessed throughout the program using Masters Higher Education Administrator Evaluation Rubric. (See Appendix A)

Transfer Policy

Only six approved semester hours of coursework may be transferred from another accredited university. Transfer courses may not include practicums or internships. No course on the degree plan may be over six years old at the time the degree is conferred.

The TTUs degree are urged to investigate the Doctoral Program in Higher Education.  

Tuition and Fees

Information on Tuition and Fees can be found by visiting the Student Business Services webpage.

Applying to the M.Ed. Program

Information regarding the application process is found under the "Application" tab, found on the top of this page. Please note: you must apply to the Texas Tech Graduate School via ApplyTexas AND the College of Education.

Contacts for Prospective Students

Joni Sanders
Higher Education Unit Coordinator
joni.sanders@ttu.edu
806.834.5722
Personal Webpage

David Jones
Assistant Professor of Practice
djones.jones@ttu.edu
806.834.0989
Personal Webpage

Program Resources

M.Ed. Handbook

Doctor of Education

Ed.D. (Online) Degree

The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration offers two areas of emphasis: Community College Administration and Higher Education College/University Administration. The Ed.D. program is the only predominantly online program available within Texas public universities in the program area of higher education. Texas Tech makes continuing your education possible, no matter where “here” is. The program is structured in a cohort model and is only offered to begin in Fall semesters.

This program requires a blended delivery format. All coursework is completed online, but students are required to attend an on-campus new student orientation session and three (3) summer professional development sessions.

Qualified applicants should have full-time professional experience in either a public or private two-year or four-year higher education institution or state or federal educational agency serving higher education. Applicants must show a clear connection to higher education.

How does this degree advance my career?

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration is designed to prepare instructional and administrative "scholarly practitioners" for positions in two- and four-year colleges and universities, government agencies, and business and industry. The primary role is to prepare leaders for the higher education enterprise.

How is the program delivered?

All courses for the Ed.D. are delivered as online courses.  Students are required to attend an on-campus orientation and on-campus summer sessions. (More information below)

New Student Orientation

All new doctoral students admitted into the Ed.D. program are required to attend New Student Orientation, held in Lubbock, TX in August.  The date is normally the Thursday and Friday prior to the faculty's return to campus for the fall semester. More information regarding the orientation can be found in the program handbook.

Summer Professional Development Sessions

As a condition of admittance into the program, all students admitted into the Ed.D. program are required to attend one-week onsite sessions in Lubbock, TX, for each of the three (3) years of the program. This means that all students are required to attend a total of three (3) consecutive Summer Professional Development sessions prior to graduation.  Currently, these sessions are held the first full week (first Monday through Friday) of the summer I session (see TTU Academic Calendar). More information regarding the sessions can be found in the program handbook.

Course of Study / Course Sequence

The Ed.D., including the dissertation, requires a minimum of 60 hours beyond the master's degree. The program is conducted in a cohort model and is designed as a three (3) year doctorate. Students will be required to take two years of prescribed coursework and the third year focuses on the completion of the problem-in-practice dissertation. All students in the Ed.D. are registered for their courses per the course sequence. (See Course Sequence)

Trademark Outcomes

The trademark outcome for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration is it is a competency-based program for those who wish to lead change and reform in higher education settings. It is designed to develop scholarly practitioners who understand the importance of equity and social justice. Graduates of the program are equipped to apply theories and practical research as tools to name, frame, and solve problems of practice, using empirical evidence to evaluate impact and develop innovative solutions for colleges and universities.

The development and achievement of these distinctive skills will be assessed throughout the program using the Ed.D. Higher Education Administration Evaluation Rubric. (See Handbook)

Transfer Policy

Transfer credit from another university will be evaluated and awarded in accord with the guidelines established by the Graduate School. In no case can transfer credit reduce the minimum residency requirement. The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration program may accept up to 30 credits from a master's program (any discipline) or other graduate-level work, from an accredited public or private university. Only courses with the letter grade of A or B can be transferred in.

Tuition and Fees

Information on Tuition and Fees can be found by visiting the Student Business Services webpage.

Applying to the Ed.D. (Online) Program

Information regarding the application process is found under the "Application" tab, found on the top of this page. Please note: you must apply to the Texas Tech Graduate School via ApplyTexas AND the College of Education.

Contacts for Prospective Students

Joni Sanders
Higher Education Unit Coordinator
joni.sanders@ttu.edu
806.834.5722
Personal Webpage David Jones
Assistant Professor of Practice
djones.jones@ttu.edu
806.834.0989
Personal Webpage

Online Ed.D. Handbook

 

Doctor of Philosophy

Ph.D. in Higher Education - Research

The onsite Ph.D. in Higher Education Research is taught primarily face to face on the campus of Texas Tech University. The onsite program offers admission for the fall or spring terms only. Qualified applicants should have full-time professional experience in either a public or private two-year or four-year higher education institution or state or federal educational agency serving higher education. Applicants must show a clear connection to higher education. Professional experience is defined as holding a mid-level administrator position (minimum level of coordinator or specialist) or higher in an institution or agency of higher education.

How does this degree advance my career?

The Ph.D. in Higher Education - Research is designed to develop theoretical scholars in careers as professors, researchers, grant writers, evaluators, policymakers, among others. Although the primary role of the program is to prepare leaders for the higher education enterprise, graduates from the Ph.D. program can become instructional and administrative leaders in community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, government agencies, and business and industry.

How is the program delivered?

The Ph.D. degree is delivered through traditional in-classroom courses, however some summer courses may be offered online.

Course of Study / Course Sequence

The Ph.D., including the dissertation, requires a minimum of 96 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. The program emphasizes theoretical, research and analysis competencies. While the Ph.D. program does not have a prescribed course sequence, the curriculum does require certain foundation, research and statistics, and higher education core courses. It is important that admitted students meet with their advisors, as soon as possible after admission, to develop a degree plan.

Trademark Outcomes

The trademark outcome for the Ph.D. in Higher Education - Research is it is a competency-based program for those who wish to lead change and reform in higher education settings. It is designed to develop theoretical scholars and those plan to become university faculty and/or serve in research positions upon graduation.

The development and achievement of these distinctive skills will be assessed throughout the program using the Ph.D. Higher Education - Research Evaluation Rubric (See Handbook)

Transfer Policy

Transfer credit from another university will be evaluated and awarded in accord with the guidelines established by the Graduate School. In no case can transfer credit reduce the minimum residency requirement. The Ph.D. in Higher Education - Research program may accept up to 30 credits from a master's program (any discipline) or other graduate-level work, from an accredited public or private university. Only courses with the letter grade of A or B can be transferred in.

Tuition and Fees

Information on Tuition and Fees can be found by visiting the Student Business Services webpage.

Applying to the Ph.D. Program

Information regarding the application process is found under the "Application" tab, found on the top of this page. Please note: you must apply to the Texas Tech Graduate School via ApplyTexas AND the College of Education.

Contacts for Prospective Students

Joni Sanders
Higher Education Unit Coordinator
joni.sanders@ttu.edu
806.834.5722
Personal Webpage

David Jones
Assistant Professor of Practice
djones.jones@ttu.edu
806.834.0989
Personal Webpage

Ph.D. Handbook (2013-2014)

Application

Students are strongly encouraged to begin their program research and application well in advance of the semester they plan to start.

The application process is a two-step process consisting of the ApplyTexas application and the Texas Tech College of Education application. The steps below will take you through the process.

Higher Education Majors, Degrees, and Certificates as they are listed in Apply Texas:

Graduate Certificate Programs (GRE Not Required)

Education – Higher Education (MED)

Higher Education (EDD) (online within Texas)

Higher Education (EDD) (online outside of Texas)

Education – Higher Education (PhD)

  1. Begin by creating your account at ApplyTexas. Complete and submit the application and application fee which is then sent to the Texas Tech Graduate School.
  2. eRaider Account Activation- Your eRaider activation information will be emailed to the address you provided on ApplyTexas. It will normally take a couple of days after submission of your ApplyTexas application for you to receive your eRaider. If you do not receive it, please contact Texas Tech IT Help Central.
  3. Official College Transcripts – Have all official transcripts sent from each separate granting institution to the Texas Tech Graduate School. Transcripts can be sent electronically or mailed to:

    Office of Graduate Admissions
    Boston Ave. @ Akron Ave.
    328 Administration Building
    Lubbock, TX 79409-1030
  4. Apply to the College of Education –Once you have activated your eRaider account you can access the TTU College of Education Application Website. Select the appropriate degree and you will be taken to a second page with additional information about the program and the application process. Scroll to the bottom and select “Login to begin application”. Follow the prompts and directions to upload all required documents.
  5. Required Documents – the requirements will vary by degree. Detail of specific requirements by degree will be provided in the College of Education application. Typically programs will require resume, recommendations, applicant statement, and writing prompts. All materials can be uploaded online. You will be provided with links to send to your references for them to complete an online recommendation form.
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) –The GRE is required for all Higher Education graduate programs except the certificate program. Official GRE scores must be sent from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the Texas Tech Graduate School. ETS does not retain or provide scores that are over five years old. To register for the examination please visit GRE Testing. Texas Tech University code is 6827.
  7. Applications Deadlines – Graduate Certificate and Master’s: no set deadlines, but students are strongly encouraged to start as early as possible. Doctoral Programs: Fall – March 1 and Spring – October 1
  8. Application Review and Decisions –once all application requirements are complete with the TTU Graduate School and the College of Education, your application will be sent to the program for review and decision. The timeline for this process varies based on degree. Applications are reviewed using a holistic approach considering all required elements of the application.

    Contacts for Prospective Students

    Joni Sanders
    Higher Education Unit Coordinator
    joni.sanders@ttu.edu
    806.834.5722
    Personal Webpage

    David Jones
    Assistant Professor of Practice
    djones.jones@ttu.edu
    806.834.0989
    Personal Webpage

Current Student Resources

Handbooks

Internship Information / Handbooks

Personal Development & Professional Resources

Assistantships

Higher Education Student Association

Employment Opportunities

Professional Development

Facebook Group Page: The Higher Education Program at Texas Tech - Facebook group is an informal organization developed to provide information, social networking, and support for current and prospective students (as well as alumni) seeking the master's and doctoral degrees in Higher Education Administration. This group is also for anyone interested in the study of higher education.

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