Educational Studies

Certificate in Community College Leadership

This Graduate Certificate Program in Community College Leadership is designed to meet the professional development needs of those seeking leadership positions as community college administrators and community college educators.

Certificate Program requirements:



The REQUIRED COURSES related to the certificate program will use an interdisciplinary approach to engage students in issues related to the community college, teaching and learning theories related to the adult learner, and higher education leadership principles and practices. The ELECTIVE COURSES will provide students an opportunity to extend their knowledge and skills within a specific sub-discipline related to the community college and deepen their experience with topic-specific courses.

Note: This Certificate Program does not lead to a certificate by a professional association OR a licensure of any type.

 Required Courses (9 hours):

EDCC 640: The Community College 
3 hrs
 EDAC 634: The Adult Learner
3 hrs
 EDCC 698: Community College Leadership Seminar     
3 hrs

Elective Courses (6 hours): Select 2 from the following

EDCC 641: Community College and Diversity 
3 hrs
 EDAC 635: Strategies for Teaching Adults
3 hrs
 EDAC 648: Community Education
3 hrs
 EDAC 681: Managing Community Education
3 hrs
 EDHI 609: Preparing for the Professoriate
3 hrs
 EDHI 611: Teaching Curriculum in Higher Education
3 hrs
 EDHI 613: Administration and Finance in Higher Education     
3 hrs
 EDHI 675: Legal Issues
3 hrs
 EDST 697: Grant Process
3 hrs
 EDAC 699: Internship in Adult and Community Education
3 hrs
 EDHI 699: Internship in Student Affairs and Enrollment Services Administration
3 hrs

Curriculum Criteria:

1. No prerequisites are required.

2. No transfer credit will be allowed.

3. The certificate program, with a particular set of electives, can be delivered completely online.

4. Graduate Faculty will teach courses included in the certificate program.

5. Students must achieve a 3.0 GPA in the certificate program to receive a certificate.

6. No course with a grade below a 2.0 can be counted toward a graduate certificate.

7. The student’s official transcript shall contain a listing of the courses taken in this program AND a special designation that the certificate program has been successfully completed.

8. Students will receive a printed certificate acknowledging their completion of the program.

Admissions Requirements:

1. Applicants pursuing only a certificate program will be admitted as non-degree students. Students who complete a certificate, however, can apply these hours to a degree-granting program upon receiving departmental approval.

2. Applicants must complete an application from the Department of Educational Studies and provide 2 copies of official transcripts from the institution granting the baccalaureate degree and each institution attended for undergraduate and graduate work.

3. Standards for Admission:

a. Hold an earned bachelor’s degree from a college or university that is accredited by its regional accrediting association.
b. Satisfy one of the following:
• an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (all  undergraduate course work, including work completed prior to the baccalaureate degree, is used to calculate the grade-point average).
• a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of the baccalaureate.
• students not meeting these criteria may be considered for admission at the discretion of the Department of Educational Studies Chair.

4. Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program of study leading to a degree who wish simultaneously to pursue this graduate certificate must complete the appropriate applications, available from the Dept. of Educational Studies.

5. Graduate students enrolled only in a certificate program may not hold a Graduate Assistantship.

6. Students may be enrolled full or part time in the certificate program.

7. Completion of a graduate certificate does not guarantee admission into a graduate degree program.


For more information on this certificate please contact Dr. Amanda Latz