Community College Leadership Certification

Graduate Academic Certificate

The professionals who entered the community college field in the sixties, as numerous community colleges were founded, are now retiring in record numbers. Recent data from the American Association of Community Colleges indicate that approximately 75 percent of community college presidents plan to retire by 2022. Additionally, a survey of community colleges in Texas revealed that 48.4 percent of all community college administrators plan to retire by 2015. A new generation of community college professionals with the appropriate management skills and professional competencies is needed to provide leadership for the future.


  • 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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