The strength of the SAHE preparation program lies in its integration of a traditional content-based curriculum with a challenging performance-based curriculum. A critical component of the program is its unique practicum requirement.
The master’s degree program in Student Affairs and Higher Education requires completion of three distinctly different practicum experiences in functional areas of student services and university administration that are of interest to the student. Each practicum requires a minimum of 100 hours at the practicum site. In addition, students engaged in practica are expected to participate in weekly class meetings and complete assignments and readings that support the field experience. Practicum oversight is by a supervising SAHE faculty member and a qualified site supervisor who is knowledgeable of the program’s expectations, requirements, and evaluation procedures.
Students participate regularly in a broad array of practicum opportunities on the Indiana State campus and at other Terre Haute institutions with which the SAHE program enjoys strong partnerships – Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Ivy Tech Community College, and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Both SAHE on-campus and distance student cohort members have secured practicum opportunities at scores of additional colleges and universities near our campus, across the nation, and occasionally internationally.