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Community College Leadership


Certificate of Specialization in Community College Leadership (CCL) equips individuals to take on positions of leadership, from dean to the presidency, in the two-year higher education sector. Coursework for this program emphasizes theory, research, and practice that is pertinent to contemporary community college leadership.


  • The purpose, function, and objectives of community and technical colleges and the social forces related to their development and evaluation
  • Characteristics and needs of community college students
  • Educational programs and teaching strategies as well as organization, control, and financing
  • Critical topics and research related to diversity in higher education, including race/ethnicity, class, and gender and institutional diversity policies and organizational behaviors, campus constituents, and the role of external groups
  • Grant writing and resource development
  • The implications of rurality on educational access, attainment, and workforce participation
  • Research topics related to community colleges of interest to them

Credits accrued through this certificate fulfill coursework requirements for online and on-campus programs such as Ed.M., M.A., Ph.D., and Ed.D. degrees. Students interested in these degree programs on campus, or online, can add a certificate of specialization in Community College Leadership (CCL) to their degree program.

Department: Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Who should apply

The Community College Leadership (CCL) Certificate of Specialization is open to all degree-and non-degree seeking students with eligible bachelorette credentials. In particular, the CCL specialization is ideal for individuals looking to take on positions of leadership, from dean to the presidency, in the two-year higher education sector. Individuals already in community colleges interested in professional development opportunities can hone their leadership skills with this specialization.

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