About

Whether you’re looking to break into the adult, continuing and higher education fields or rise in the ranks, a master’s degree from UWM will open doors.

The concentration in Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration (ACHEA) will prepare you to advance your administrative leadership skills, improve instructional design of professional development, or succeed in a variety of roles in colleges and universities.

A major focus of our program is preparing leaders for urban higher education institutions who honor diversity and difference among people, groups and societies.

Why Choose Our Program?

As a student in UWM’s School of Education, you’ll have access to:

  • Internationally known faculty at Wisconsin’s most diverse university
  • Small class sizes that allow you to really get to know your professors and classmates
  • Unbeatable flexibility — classes meet once a week, alternating weeks and online (you can even do the entire program online)
  • Rewarding career opportunities:
    • adult educators
    • trainers
    • human resource directors and administrators in vocational and technical education
    • university extension
    • continuing professional education
    • student advisors
    • managers of support programs for traditionally underrepresented students
    • student housing specialists
    • student programming specialists
    • business managers
    • administrative positions at all levels of postsecondary education

About the Program

To make substantial social change, students first must have a clear understanding of how to create inclusive policies, practices and environments. As an equity-focused program, we believe in the following principles:

Theory to Practice: We believe theories and research should inform international, national and community policies and practices in higher education. We believe our graduates should be able to use research and theory to guide their practice.

Leadership Focused: We believe graduates should be prepared to use leadership skills in dynamic ways in order make transformative changes within higher education.

Equity Centered: We believe graduates should have the language, tools, knowledge and skills to create equity-centered higher education environments.

Collaborative Learning: We believe graduates should be able to work across different levels of abilities, world views, diversity and knowledge in multiple work environments. We believe graduates should be critical thinkers in order to solve problems and cultivate solutions to change the landscape of higher education both collectively and individually.

Community Partnership Research: We believe that graduate students should be able to collaboratively work with communities in order to inform their practice. As faculty members, we are committed to producing scholarship that includes and promotes collaborative and participatory engagement.

Curriculum

Program Information

Program Overview and Courses (PDF)

Projected Course Schedule (PDF)

Certificates

Support Services for Online Students in Higher Education

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

2 in 1: Earn A Master’s Degree & Certificate

At the UW-Milwaukee School of Education Department of Administrative Leadership, you can earn a Master’s degree and a certificate, individually or at the same time. These offerings are perfect for anyone looking to advance their career in higher education, adult and continuing education, and for educators in the healthcare field.

2 in 1: Earn A Master’s Degree & Certificate

2 in 1: Earn A Master’s Degree & Certificate (PDF)

Note: You must complete an application (including the application fee) for both programs.

Sample Program of Studies

Leadership and Student Support in Higher Education

Director of Student Services

Core CoursesOnline Support ServicesHuman Resource Development
ADLDSP 709: Intro to Higher Ed Admin
ADLDSP 711: Orgn & Govn in Hghr Ed Admin
ADLDSP 747: Plan/Budget in AdultHigher Ed
ADLDSP 778: Intro to Collg Personnel Admin
ADLDSP 797: Student in the Collegiate Cntx
ADLDSP 630: Practicum
ADLDSP 687: Instrctnl Desgn/Tch Strategies
ADLDSP 707: Use Technology w/Adult Learnrs
ADLDSP 708: Online Supp:Adlt,Cont,Hghr Ed
ADLDSP 740: Sem-Innvtv Tech for Lrng in Ed

ADLDSP 607: Coord-Staff Dvlpmt/Train Prog

Education Director of IT

Core CoursesEducational TechnologyOrganizational Leadership
ADLDSP 709: Intro to Higher Ed Admin
ADLDSP 711: Orgn & Govn in Hghr Ed Admin
ADLDSP 747: Plan/Budget in AdultHigher Ed
ADLDSP 778: Intro to Collg Personnel Admin
ADLDSP 797: Student in the Collegiate Cntx
ADLDSP 708: Online Supp:Adlt,Cont,Hghr Ed
ADLDSP 737: Distance Educ for Adults
ADLDSP 667: Program Planning in Adult Educ
ADLDSP 710: Organizational Chnge/Team Ldsp
ADLDSP 777: Leadership-Multicultural Orgzn
Program Coordinator/Advisor in Higher Education

Coordinator of Student Affairs

Core CoursesOnline Support ServicesOrganizational Leadership
ADLDSP 709: Intro to Higher Ed Admin
ADLDSP 711: Orgn & Govn in Hghr Ed Admin
ADLDSP 747: Plan/Budget in Adult Higher Ed
ADLDSP 778: Intro to Collg Personnel Admin
ADLDSP 797: Student in the Collegiate Cntx
ADLDSP 703: Resources: Self-Dir Learning
ADLDSP 704: Technologies: Online Stdn Supp
ADLDSP 706: Profsnl Devl for Online Instrc
ADLDSP 707: Use Technology w/Adult Learnrs
ADLDSP 708: Online Supp:Adlt,Cont,Hghr Ed
ADLDSP 750: Practicum
ADLDSP 777: Leadership-Multicultural Orgzn

Multicultural Student Success Coordinator

Core CoursesMulticultural Leadership and CounselingOrganizational Leadership
ADLDSP 709: Intro to Higher Ed Admin
ADLDSP 711: Orgn & Govn in Hghr Ed Admin
ADLDSP 747: Plan/Budget in AdultHigher Ed
ADLDSP 778: Intro to Collg Personnel Admin
ADLDSP 797: Student in the Collegiate Cntx
ADLDSP 630: Practicum
ADLDSP 704: Technologies: Online Stdn Supp
ADLDSP 711: Orgn & Govn in Hghr Ed Admin
ADLDSP 777: Leadership-Multicultural Orgzn
COUNS 711: Foundations Career Development
COUNS 715: Multicultural Counseling
ED POL 630: Race Public Policy in Urban Am
ADLDSP 630: Practicum
BUSMGMT 721: Fundraising/Dvlp-Nonprofit Org
Educational Design and Organizational Learning in Adult Education

Instructional Designer

Core CoursesEducational TechnologyOrganizational Leadership
ADLDSP 667: Program Planning in Adult Educ
ADLDSP 757: Principles/Foundatns Adult Ed
ADLDSP 777: Leadership-Multicultural Orgzn
ADLDSP 787: Admin of Adult Educ Programs

ADLDSP 687: Instrctnl Desgn/Tch Strategies
ADLDSP 707: Use Technology w/Adult Learnrs
ADLDSP 737: Distance Educ for Adults
ADLDSP 750: Practicum
ADLDSP 598: Intro Workforce Educ & Devel
ADLDSP 702: Leadership in Educational Orgs
ADLDSP 710: Organizational Chnge/Team Ldsp

Learning Architect

Core CoursesLearning DesignOrganizational Leadership
ADLDSP 667: Program Planning in Adult Educ
ADLDSP 757: Principles/Foundatns Adult Ed
ADLDSP 777: Leadership-Multicultural Orgzn
ADLDSP 787: Admin of Adult Educ Programs

ADLDSP 630: Practicum
ADLDSP 706: Profsnl Devl for Online Instrc
ADLDSP 707: Use Technology w/Adult Learnrs
ADLDSP 737: Distance Educ for Adults

ADLDSP 647: Eval Adlt/Cont/Higher Ed Progs
ADLDSP 710: Organizational Chnge/Team Ldsp
ADLDSP 767: Practicum-Prog Plan/Implement
Advising in Adult and Higher Education

Advisor

Core CoursesEducational TechnologyOrganizational Leadership
ADLDSP 667: Program Planning in Adult Educ
ADLDSP 757: Principles/Foundatns Adult Ed
ADLDSP 777: Leadership-Multicultural Orgzn
ADLDSP 787: Admin of Adult Educ Programs
ADLDSP 687: Instrctnl Desgn/Tch Strategies
ADLDSP 707: Use Technology w/Adult Learnrs
ADLDSP 737: Distance Educ for Adults
ADLDSP 750: Practicum
ADLDSP 598: Intro Workforce Educ & Devel
ADLDSP 702: Leadership in Educational Orgs
ADLDSP 710: Organizational Chnge/Team Ldsp

Learning Architect

Core CoursesLearning DesignOrganizational Leadership
ADLDSP 667: Program Planning in Adult Educ
ADLDSP 757: Principles/ Foundatns Adult Ed
ADLDSP 777: Leadership-Multicultural Orgzn
ADLDSP 787: Admin of Adult Educ Programs

ADLDSP 630: Practicum
ADLDSP 706: Profsnl Devl for Online Instrc
ADLDSP 707: Use Technology w/Adult Learnrs
ADLDSP 737: Distance Educ for Adults
ADLDSP 647: Eval Adlt/Cont/Higher Ed Progs
ADLDSP 710: Organizational Chnge/Team Ldsp
ADLDSP 767: Practicum-Prog Plan/Implement
Adult Education and Student Support

Adult Educator

Core CoursesOrganizational Learning and DesignOrganizational Leadership
ADLDSP 667: Program Planning in Adult Educ
ADLDSP 757: Principles/ Foundatns Adult Ed
ADLDSP 777: Leadership-Multicultural Orgzn
ADLDSP 787: Admin of Adult Educ Programs
ADLDSP 547: Ed Dmnsns-Prctc w/Older Adults
ADLDSP 707: Use Technology w/Adult Learnrs
ADLDSP 737: Distance Educ for Adults
ADLDSP 605: Survey of Hum Resource Devlpmt
ADLDSP 702: Leadership in Educational Orgs
ADLDSP 710: Organizational Chnge/Team Ldsp

Adult Student Technology Support

Core CoursesOnline Support ServicesOrganizational Leadership
ADLDSP 667: Program Planning in Adult Educ
ADLDSP 757: Principles/ Foundatns Adult Ed
ADLDSP 777: Leadership-Multicultural Orgzn
ADLDSP 787: Admin of Adult Educ Programs
ADLDSP 687: Instrctnl Desgn/Tch Strategies
ADLDSP 703: Resources: Self-Dir Learning
ADLDSP 704: Technologies: Online Stdn Supp
ADLDSP 706: Profsnl Devl for Online Instrc
ADLDSP 707: Use Technology w/Adult Learnrs
ADLDSP 708: Online Supp:Adlt,Cont,Hghr Ed
ADLDSP 737: Distance Educ for Adults
ADLDSP 647: Eval Adlt/Cont/Higher Ed Progs
ADLDSP 709: Intro to Higher Ed Admin
ADLDSP 710: Organizational Chnge/Team Ldsp
ADLDSP 740: Sem-Innvtv Tech for Lrng in Ed

Department Course Descriptions

Admission

Apply now — we use a rolling admissions process, and the GRE isn’t required. Learn more about Administrative Leadership application process.

Questions about admissions?

Allison Hochmuth
hochmuth@uwm.edu
(414) 229-4599

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program

Webpage url: uwm.edu/achea

(414) 229-4721
soeinfo@uwm.edu

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