Community College Leadership, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Community College Leadership

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 15
  • $357.00
  • $750.00

Program Overview

The online Graduate Certificate in Community College Leadership is designed to develop professional leadership capabilities to meet the needs of potential and current community college leadership personnel. 

Students of the program will gain:

  • Skills to support college communities<br>
  • An in-depth understanding of the issues facing community colleges
  • Leadership expertise that can be applied to grow community colleges

Who should consider this program?

  • Individuals already employed at a community college.
  • Individuals who are or aspire to be in an instructional leadership appointment or a senior administrative position.

The Community College Leadership Certificate (CCLC) is comprised of three components.

  • Component 1: The university component includes a set of five courses that develop the knowledge and capabilities for effective leadership of the community college. The five courses are designed individually and collectively to cover the key areas of knowledge and skills needed to lead community colleges in a rapidly changing environment. While addressing a broad range of capabilities, we believe that leadership cannot be developed based on what can be learned in college courses alone.&nbsp;
  • Component 2: The second component includes involvement in professional associations related to the community college. As part of the certificate experience, we encourage and expect CCLC participants to continue their learning through opportunities for further development afforded by membership in professional networks and associations or by participation in institutional or community-based leadership initiatives.&nbsp;
  • Component 3: The final component involves institutional support to develop leaders. CCLC participants must be currently employed at a community college, and have an institutional sponsor or mentor with whom they can discuss aspects from both the UNL coursework and the professional development activity as they pertain to the employing institution.&nbsp;

The Certificate will be awarded only to those individuals who successfully complete each of the three components as agreed upon with their advisor and reflected in the culminating university course.

Note: Students who complete the certificate as a stand-alone credential and subsequently apply for and are admitted to an Ed.D. degree program may request that the credit hours completed in the Certificate program be accepted in a graduate program of study. Acceptance of the credits earned in the certificate program requires Office of Graduate Studies and supervisory committee approval and is not guaranteed.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Must be from a 4-year accredited institution

  2. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  7. Personal vitae/resume

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  3. Submit transcripts to Office of Graduate Studies through mail
  4. Apply and be admitted to the department

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 929Organizational Development and Change3
Special topics seminar.
EDAD 923The Community College3
Designed particularly for those interested in upper secondary and college levels. Junior college movement; relationship of movement to provisions for an adequate educational program; functions of the junior college; legal status and basis for extension of junior college; problems of organization, administration, and curriculum.
EDAD 912BCommunity College Leadership3
A course designed to enable the administrators to become knowledgeable of recent trends and issues in school management, finance, or other concerns affecting the administration of the public schools.
EDAD 935Workforce, Economic, & Community Development3
Workforce, economic, and community development represents a central mission of the community college. Community colleges provide an important means for educating citizens and preparing skilled workers to maintain the civic vitality and economic growth of their communities. EDAD 890 develops the knowledge base and capabilities needed by community college leaders to advance the workforce, economic, and community development mission of the community college. This course explores the workforce, economic and community development role of the community college within the broader context of recent economic, social, and technological changes in communities, society, and the economy and examines the how this role is integrated with, and distinct from, other community college missions. Drawing on both sound theory and best practices, course topics include the strategy, structure, funding, policy, and programs of the community college related to workforce, economic, and community development. Using both conventional and applied/experiential learning activities, students will explore leadership issues related to planning, managing, budgeting, and evaluating the effectiveness of workforce, economic, and community development programs in the community college.
EDAD 934Teaching and Learning in the Community College3
This course is planned for individuals who hold or aspire to leadership positions in community colleges that focus on or support instructional programs and others who seek to learn more about this particular aspect of America’s comprehensive community colleges. The primary purpose of the course is to develop a comprehensive understanding of five aspects of the community college:Its curricular missions (general education, transfer education, career education, remedial/developmental education, community education);Its faculty and student population;Issues concerning program and curriculum development;Human resources aspects related to instructional programs (full- and part-time faculty ratios, hiring qualified adjunct faculty, faculty development programs);Issues concerning the evaluation of programs and the assessment of student outcomes.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Katherine Wesley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice

Katherine Wesley is an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Educational Administration and the Executive Director of the National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA). As the executive director, Wesley has organized NCIA presentations on the college completion agenda and pathways and partnerships. She is also the editor of Instructional Leadership Abstracts and recently co-authored the entry on Nebraska community colleges for Fifty State Systems of Community Colleges: Mission, Governance, Funding & Accountability.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.