College of Education



The curriculum for the MA in Educational Leadership with concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) has been carefully designed to ensure the development of educational leaders in student affairs operations in colleges and universities. An emphasis of the program is the development of educational leaders who can transform institutions into learning communities in which all members of a diverse society are accorded opportunity and respect. The program adheres to the Master’s Level Student Affairs Professional Preparation Program Standards developed by the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education, 8th ed.). Leadership coursework is organized around foundational studies, professional studies, and supervised practice.

As an active participant in these programs you will develop as a leader through an expanded self- knowledge and worldview. You will develop student affairs competencies and leadership strategies. You will learn how to guide a professional team as you integrate recommendations from research with an assessment of the needs of a college and/or university and create a plan for student success. You will explore the political and social implications of higher education and the educational requirements of a diverse, democratic, multicultural society. You will acquire the confidence necessary to ignite and inspire others.

Warren Bennis has written that the primary goal of leadership is the creation of a human community held together by a common purpose. True leaders, he said, demonstrate a balance of competence, virtue, and vision. It is our mission to guide you in developing all three.

Student Handbook

>>View SAHE Application Process Instructions

  • Online application and fee
  • Career goal statement
  • Résumé
  • Recommendation forms from academic and professional sources
  • Admissions Background Check
  • Grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75
  • Personal interview

Background Check

All applicants must submit a copy of their background check with their application. This is required because many school and clinical practicum and internship sites require the background check prior to accepting a student for field work.

General Background Check for Admission

All College of Education applicants must complete a general background check as part of the admissions requirements:

1) Go to website:

2) Click on “Individuals”

3) Pay $6.85

4) Print a copy of the background check and return it to the College of Education Student Resource Office as part of admissions materials (current CO School or agency employees who have already completed a background check for employment may provide a copy of their CO license or background check results).

Student Ethics

Students are expected to adhere to the highest codes of personal and professional ethics, as set forth by the Honor Code of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, which appears each semester in the Schedule of Classes. Students who do not meet these standards may be dismissed from the Graduate School by the Graduate Dean upon recommendation of the chair of the Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations (LRF). Additionally, SAHE faculty will be systematically assessing students' progress in :

      1. Academic Performance
      2. Student Affairs skills development
      3. Professional and personal growth throughout their program of study, as recommended by CAS.


Year 1 (18 credits)


Course/TitleSemester Credits
LEAD 5030 - Vision, Values, and Leadership in Student
Affairs in Higher Education
LEAD 5610 – Social and Cultural Foundations of
Higher Education


Course/TitleSemester Credits
LEAD 5210 – Counseling and Helping Skills in Higher Education       3
LEAD 5260 - Counseling & Student Development Theories       3


Course/TitleSemester Credits
LEAD 5290 - Budgeting & Finance of Student Affairs in Higher Education 3
LEAD 5700 - Introduction to Research & Statistics 3

Year 2 (12 credits)


Course/TitleSemester Credits
LEAD 5280 - Legal & Ethical Issues in Higher Education 3
LEAD 5310 - Student Services Program Development & Evaluation 3


Course/TitleSemester Credits
LEAD 5110 - Cuturally Responsive Practices in Higher Education 3
LEAD 6830 - Practicum for Student Affairs in Higher Education 3