Community College Leadership Certification

Graduate Academic Certificate

Community colleges are facing an impending leadership crisis. The current generation of college presidents, senior administrators, and faculty leaders are retiring at a rapid rate. With the presidential median age of sixty as of 2012, 42% of presidents are expected to retire in the next five years.  Upcoming retirements in leadership positions are projected to continue to be higher than normal as a generational change takes place.

This provides community colleges an opportunity to hire or promote energetic new academic and administrative leaders with new ideas and the right credentials that will help colleges respond to the increasing demands on higher education institutions.


  • Provide currently employed community college professionals who hold master's degrees a certificate that will add depth and breadth to their knowledge of community colleges.
  • Provide graduate-level professional development opportunities related to community college mission, finance and administration, leadership, economic and community development, teaching and learning, and contemporary issues.

Program Contact: Dr. Beverly Bower (

Admission Requirements

1. Apply through the Toulouse Graduate School
2. An earned master's degree from an accredited college or university
3. Submit a resume/curriculum vitae
4. Submit a letter of interest addressing:

• your reasons for pursuing the community college leadership certificate;
• your immediate and long-range academic and career goals;
• your work experience and previous education as it relates to community colleges.

Course Requirements

Complete four of the required courses (12 hours) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

EDHE 6060 - History and Philosophy of the Community College (3 hours)
EDHE 6065 - Community College Administration (3 hours)
EDHE 6070 - College Teaching(3 hours)
EDHE 6075 - Economic Development and Higher Education(3 hours)
EDHE 6080 - Community College Leadership(3 hours)
EDHE 6085 - Contemporary Issues in the Community College(3 hours)

These courses may be applied toward a doctorate in Higher Education, with a cognate area in community college.

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