COE: MEd: Adult & Higher Education | Higher Education
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Strengthen the Higher Education Experience

Each year, millions of people attend higher education institutions. Some students are fresh out of high school, while others may be returning after a long absence. Regardless of the reason, higher education institutions can impact the lives of millions of students each year. To ensure that students are successful, it takes hundreds of staff members at all levels (i.e., entry, mid-level, and upper-level), working together to make students’ experiences a positive one and to assist students in accomplishing their educational goals.

College and university administrators can participate in a number of professional specialties. Today’s colleges and universities are a complex, highly layered management organization with potentially thousands of clients and far reaching influence in the community. This position will be one of the most challenging leadership roles in all of education.

M.Ed. students would be eligible for any higher education institutional entry-level position in such areas as Admissions, Residential Life, Financial Aid, & Registrar's Office and could serve as an academic advisor, career placement advisor, etc. Mid-level positions positions include coordinator and director in any area of academic or student affairs. Students with a Ph.D. or Ed.D. could also qualify for upper-level administrative positions at the Associate Dean level in academic or student affairs-related positions or work for the state or federal government as higher education policy analysts and a wide range of other education related positions. In addition, doctoral students could possibly qualify for a faculty position.

Master of Education (MEd)

Program Director:

Dr. Shawn Woodhouse

123 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5889

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1


Slide 1 Education alumna sees her way through tragedy, parenthood to UMSL degree
During her time at UMSL, Kristin Bass assumed guardianship for her two nephews following the death of her mother. She had to take some time off school but returned determined to finish her degree and earned her MEd in 2014. (Photo by August Jennewein)

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Shawn Woodhouse, Ph.D.
Associate Dean

Shawn Woodhouse is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration in the Division of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies for the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. A Gus T. Ridgel Fellow, Dr. Woodhouse completed her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Higher and Adult Education.