Community College Leadership

Graduate Certificate

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    15
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $346.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $700.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

This online community college leadership graduate certificate is designed to develop professional leadership capabilities to meet the needs of potential and current community college leadership personnel. If you are, or aspire to be, in an instructional leadership appointment or a senior administrative position in a community college, this program will benefit you in both your personal and professional advancement. Students who complete the online community college leadership program will be awarded a graduate certificate from the University of Nebraska. This certificate may also be completed within the curriculum of an EdD degree.

Katherine Wesley, PhD
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.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Must be from a 4-year accredited institution

  2. 2.50 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:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

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

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 912BCommunity College Leadership3

Course Number: EDAD 912B

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 923The Community College3

Course Number: EDAD 923

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 929Organizational Development and Change3

Course Number: EDAD 929

Special topics seminar.

EDAD 934Teaching and Learning in the Community College3

Course Number: EDAD 934

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.

EDAD 935Workforce, Economic, & Community Development3

Course Number: EDAD 935

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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $346.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $398.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1038.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1194.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $700.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $752.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $2100.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $2256.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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