About

Our program will prepare you to meet the growing demand for administrators and leaders who work with college students and adult learners in diverse organizations.

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.

Virtual Information Session

Join us on Tuesday, October 20th at 5:00 pm (CST). RSVP to Dr. Dante Salto by 10/16 to salto@uwm.edu.

Can’t join us that day? Message Dr. Salto and we will schedule a meeting.

For more information about the program, see the ACHEA Virtual Info Session Flyer (PDF).

Program Info Session

Why Choose Our Program?

  • Internationally known faculty with over 15 years online teaching experience 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 as adult educators and 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; and 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.

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program

Webpage url: uwm.edu/achea

(414) 229-4721
soeinfo@uwm.edu

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?

Office of Student Services
soeinfo@uwm.edu
(414) 229-4721

Curriculum

Program Information

ACHEA Program Overview and Courses (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

Faculty

Career

Job Titles of ACHEA Graduates

Check the job titles of ACHEA graduates:

ACHEA Careers graphic mockup.

What Our Alumni are Saying About Us

“In my internship, I learned so much about how things work within the university and it gave me an irreplaceable knowledge for what goes into course design, post-secondary instructor support, and curriculum to Learning Management System (LMS) application.”

“The program prepared me to take on additional roles and responsibilities at work.”

“The classroom environment was very comfortable, welcoming, and inclusive. The method of guided discussion was utilized frequently, I found the instructors were always willing to provide more information and feedback and they consistently worked to both challenge us and support us.”

“The advising I received was top-notch.”

“My advisers reached out to me routinely and always answered my questions.”

“I felt like my advisor cared about me as a person and was my biggest cheerleader.”

Alumni Profiles

Tima Guled
Graduation: Spring 2019
Area of Study: Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration
Employment: Student Life & Events Coordinator, UW-Milwaukee at Washington County
Strengths of Program: “At UWM I learned to think creatively, facilitate and engage in challenging dialogs, and critically analyze higher education and the student affairs profession. In addition, I appreciated learning about strategic planning and leadership which has been beneficial in my current position. What I enjoyed most about the ACHEA program is the focus on diversity and inclusion and how it is a foundation of our profession which aligned with my passion for social justice, as well as the connections I made with the faculty in the program.”
Tima Guled, ACHEA graduate.
Pachoua Lor
Graduation: Spring 2019
Area of Study: Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration
Employment: Multicultural Student Success Coordinator
Strengths of Program: “Student support led to my interest in becoming someone who could help students like me, who may also be children of refugee parents or first generation college students.”
Pachoua Lor, ACHEA graduate.
Nicole Kordasiewicz
Graduation: Current Student
Area of Study: Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration
Employment: Kohl’s Talent Development Designer
Strengths of Program: “The courses I have taken have challenged me to consider what it means to be a leader in our multicultural society. I have enjoyed being able to take one class at a time while I also work a full-time career. I’ve been able to apply what I’ve learned immediately. I love my job and much of my success is directly tied to my education in the ACHEA program.”
Nicole Kordasiewicz, ACHEA graduate.
James MacGillis
Graduation: December 2017
Area of Study: Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration
Employment: Police Officer
Strengths of Program: “My work at UWM helped me become a better teacher and leader.”
James MacGillis, ACHEA graduate.
Tre’quan Martin
Graduation: Spring 2019
Area of Study: Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration
Employment: Third Grade Teacher, Lancaster School, MPS
Strengths of Program: “Coming to UW-Milwaukee helped me grow faster, helped me learn more and allowed me to earn my bachelor’s and master’s degree. I wanted to work in education to be a role model, make an impact on students and change lives.”
Tre’quan Martin, ACHEA graduate.

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