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    Jan 18, 2022  
Lee University Catalog 2012-2013 
Lee University Catalog 2012-2013 [Archived Catalog]

College Student Development (CSDEV.MS)

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Program Objectives

At the end of the master’s program, the graduate should have acquired the necessary advanced skills, knowledge, and experience to:

  1.  Engage in ethical practices as relates to student development on college campuses.
  2.  Develop campus programs/interventions based on theories of human development and student learning.
  3.  Understand student leadership theory and practice.
  4.  Interact with various higher education structures and cultures.
  5.  Integrate faith and religious development with current theory and practice in the field. 
  6.  Encourage practitioners to understand their role as co-educators in the academy and their contribution to student learning.      
  7.  Apply appropriate helping skills to assist students in their identity formation.                                                                                                                                                                      

Program of Study

College Student Development prepares graduates to work in student life sectors at colleges and universities.  Using counseling skills as the base, coursework includes training in student leadership development, higher educational environments, and institutional research.  The program is composed of a minimum of five semesters of approved graduate study. The typical full-time student will complete the program in two years. A minimum of 44 semester hours is required. 


Students will be assigned to complete four projects, each within a different institutional sector, such as service learning, global perspectives, first-year programs, student leadership, and the career center.  Each of the projects will be specifically to improve services offered to students in that particular sector and will use outcome measures as part of the methodology.  Each project will be included as part of the student’s professional portfolio. 


Subtotal Required Courses- Total Hours: 32


 (Select at least twelve hours from the courses listed below)

Subtotal Electives - Total Hours: 12

Total Hours in Program : 44

Typical Two-Year Curriculum

Several configurations or sequences for completing required course work are possible. There are a variety of considerations and restrictions that limit the flexibility of these options and demand close attention when developing a program of study. Several of the more important factors to consider are the prerequisities or co-requisites of each course, the availability of a given course in a specific semester, individual interests, and ability and desire to enroll during the summer.

The following sequence is a possible program of study. This sequence is not required but is simply an example. Several assumptions underlie this program: 1) the desire to complete in five semesters and (2) no transfer work being applied.

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