Students are encouraged to finish the program within a reasonable time frame. If students take one class per semester, they can reasonably finish the master's degree in three-and-a-half years. Students who take two classes per semester can finish the course work in less than two years. If students do not take classes for two years, they are put on inactive status and must reapply to the program. Courses may not be listed on the program of study if they are more than six years old.
Following are the courses for the 30-credit-hour online academic advising master's degree:
- EDCEP 816 - Research Methods in Education (3 credits)
- EDCEP 829 - Learning Principles (3 credits)
- EDCEP 835 - Foundations of Academic Advising (3 credits)
- EDCEP 836 - Interpersonal Relations for Academic Advising (3 credits)
- EDCEP 838 - Student Development Theory (3 credits)
- EDCEP 851 - Multicultural Aspects of Academic Advising (3 credits)
- EDCEP 854 - College Student Athletes (3 credits)
- EDCEP 863 - Trends in Career Development (3 credits)
- EDSP 853 - College Students with Special Needs (3 credits)
One elective is required
- EDCEP 812 - History and Philosophy of Higher Education (3 credits)
- EDCEP 839 - Assessment of Academic Advising (3 credits)
- EDCEP 864 - Current Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics (3 credits)
There are no prerequisites for any of the academic advising courses, and there is no specific order in which the courses must be completed. Courses are offered on a rotational basis. Students may take the courses in the order that works best for them. However, it is recommended that all students take EDCEP 835 - Foundations of Academic Advising during the first or second semester in the program.
All course work is offered at a distance via K-State Online, the course management system at Kansas State University.
Classes are made up of readings, videos, discussion boards or other online learning activities. Classes vary in format. There may be quizzes, tests or papers. Students work independently, yet share comments and questions via K-State Online.
Classes are delivered within a semester time frame. Fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks. Summer classes are four or eight weeks.
Length of Program
If students take one class per term, they can reasonably finish the master's degree in four years. If students take two classes per term, they could finish the course work in about two years. If students do not take classes for two years, they are put on inactive status and must reapply to the program. Courses may not be more than six years old when the master's degree is completed.
The K-State Graduate School requires comprehensive examinations for master's degree programs. In order to fulfill this requirement, the academic advising faculty of the Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs adopted a final project to ensure that all master's degree students possess the necessary knowledge and competencies for academic advising.
In developing a final project, students will demonstrate and apply what they have learned about academic advising from their course work. The final project is expected to be a high quality, graduate document developed during the program. The content of the project is expected to be substantive and professional in presentation. For more information and a sample final project, please review the Academic Advising Graduate Student Handbook.