Higher Education Certificate

Higher Education Administration and Leadership is a field of interest to many Higher Education professionals.  The coursework in this Graduate Certificate covers 4 critical areas that together describe how institutions of higher learning operate.  Major content areas are how colleges and universities organize themselves, how they affect students in terms of learning and development, how they are shaped by the larger environment and legal mandates, and how they change and adapt to the changing landscape of education.

The coursework is aimed at working professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of functions such as student affairs, gain understanding of how schools assess, plan and change, and also want to develop insight into the complex and changing "big picture" of higher education.

Students earn a Graduate Certificate upon completion of the 4 required courses.  If interested in continuing on to the MA Organizational Leadership, all courses can be applied to the required degree credit hours.

Certificate Offered

  • Higher Education Certificate


Tricia, Nolfi, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
Memorial Hall 202L

Program Website: Higher Education Certificate
Associated Department: Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling

Related Programs

Organizational Leadership (M.A.)

Certificate in Higher Education Requirements

  • Comply with the general requirements for graduate study in the Rider University Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling
  • Complete 12 credits with GPA of "B" (3.0) or better
EDUC 525Introduction to Higher Education Administration3
EDUC 530Introduction to Student Affairs in Higher Education3
EDUC 535Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education3
EDUC 540Planning, Budgeting and Program Evaluation in Higher Education3
Total Credits12

EDUC 525 The Higher Education Organization 3 Credits

This course allows students to gain perspective on the historical and societal context of higher education in America and the organizational structures, functions, behaviors, and cultures that exist within institutions.

EDUC 530 Student Affairs & Experiences in Higher Education 3 Credits

This course will highlight how individuals access higher education and how that education affects students’ development via programs, services and interventions designed to promote student growth. The course will explore multiple dimensions of the student experience and how student development theory is used to understand and enhance those experiences. Students will also explore student affairs organizational structures and functions common in colleges and universities.

EDUC 531 Introduction to Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations 3 Credits

This course assumes that students do not have prior knowledge of legal terminology or concepts. It will provide students with a foundation in the fundamentals of collective bargaining and union-management relationships within the unique environment of the college campus. American labor law is the prevailing system of laws that govern universities and colleges, however, students will explore how these general “rules of the game” apply to higher education institutions. The course will challenge participants to consider how general rules and principles of collective bargaining and labor relations shape, and are shaped by fundamental aspects of the higher-education “workplace” including academic freedom, faculty workloads, tenure and shared governance. These unique factors have the potential to influence expectations concerning productivity, termination and the traditionally sharp distinction between labor and management found in other industries.

EDUC 535 Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education 3 Credits

This course discusses the fundamentals of American law that directly and indirectly affect the environment of higher-education. Students will use diverse sources of law to understand the many different ways laws, code and common law affect the life of an higher education administrator. Ethical issues will be explored in relationship to critical issues in higher education such as admissions, affirmative action, dismissal procedures, academic honesty, and student loans.