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Curriculum & Requirements: College Student Personnel

Standards and Guidelines

The curriculum in the Ohio University College Student Personnel program has been developed to meet the standards and guidelines of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. The standards for Master's Level Student Affairs Administration preparation programs have been used to guide a curriculum which also incorporates elements unique to the Ohio University CSP program.

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Students will comprehend realistically the different aspects of the student affairs profession.
  2. Students will analyze fundamental student affairs competency areas, including the structure and function of higher education, student development theories, diversity, and organization/administration, and assessment/evaluation.
  3. Students will apply leadership skills, interpersonal/helping skills, and scholarship skills to be student affairs professionals.
  4. Students will integrate their developing professional networks, their mentorship experiences, their assistantship/practicum experiences, and their academic experiences into their own unique career development

Curriculum Overview

The­ curriculum­­for the Master's Degree Program in College Student Personnel is made up of both required and elective components. Other opportunities for individual student choices exist within the curriculum so that the program of study can be customized to meet a particular student's needs and interests.

Many of the core courses are similar to those found in student affairs preparation programs across the country. Distinctive elements of our CSP program include the opportunity to have three unique practicum experiences in addition to the graduate associateship and "specialized courses in College Student Affairs". These courses allow students to explore various areas of interest, and build skills and expertise in areas such as:

  • student leadership issues
  • budgeting
  • residential campus issues
  • first-year experience
  • assessment
  • academic issues
  • wellness issues
  • supervision
  • two year college student services
  • computers and new technology

University Partnerships

The Ohio University College Student Personnel Program has a strong, collaborative relationship with the Division of Student Affairs, University College, and Diversity and Inclusion. CSP students are involved as graduate assistants, interns, and practicum students, serving on committees and participating in professional development programs. University partners participate in the professional development and educational preparation of CSP Master's Degree students.
Student affairs administrators are also frequently asked to share their expertise as guest speakers in CSP core courses. Ohio University is fortunate to have a strong and well respected Division of Student Affairs whose professionals are committed to partnership in the development of future Student Affairs professionals.

Curriculum Requirements

Enriching the student experience­is the theme of our Master's Degree Program in College Student Personnel. The program offers knowledge and skills that help our graduates enrich student learning.

The program prepares promising entry level professionals for direct service positions in various higher education settings by helping current professionals attain the necessary skills to assume leadership positions. Most of our students attend full-time, gaining professional experience through graduate associatships. Full-time students with associatships usually take two years to complete the program.

Program Philosophy and Objectives

For over 40 years, our Master's Degree students have embraced the mission of learning how to enrich the student experience. The program offers knowledge and skills in a distinctive community setting, a learning-living laboratory for studying and enhancing the undergraduate experience. The core values that guide the mission are:

  • "Community" as a mutually empowering learning environment
  • "Diversity" as more than the tolerance of difference but a commitment to equity, justice, and affirmation
  • "Individuality" as an expression of personal human growth and dignity
  • "Holism" as the synergy that must take place between the ideas and activities, the heads and hearts of our learners
  • "Service" as an unwavering devotion to the development of human potential
  • ­"Learning" as the primary reason for the existence of institutions of higher education

The program attempts to fulfill its mission by:

  • Providing a core of theory, skills, values, and attitudes to help our graduates enrich the student experience
  • Developing understandings about higher education, student affairs functions, college student development, and educational research
  • Assisting students in developing their professional competencies through field experiences that are sequenced appropriately with theory-oriented courses
Master's of Education Degree

College Student Personnel Program

College Requirements (4 hrs)
EDRE 5010 - Introduction to Research Methods 4
Student Personnel Requirements (23 hrs)
EDHE 6880- Higher Education and Student Affairs in the United States  3
EDCP 5210- College Student Development: Theory with Practice 4
EDCP 5220- Campus Environments 3
EDCP 6300- The Helping Relationship in Higher Education, with lab 4
EDCP 6400- Theory to Practice Seminar 3
EDCP 6500- Theory to Practice Seminar 3
EDCP 6920- Practicum in Student Affairs  3
Higher Education Requirements (9 hrs)
EDHE 7210- Diversity in Higher Education 3
EDHE 7780- Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education and Student Affairs 3
EDHE 6940- Capstone in Higher Education 3
Management Requirements (3 hrs)
EDHE 7860- Leadership and Change Management 3
Electives (9 hrs)
3, 3, 3
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