Community College Leadership Specialization

Guiding Purpose of Community College Leadership Specialization

This doctoral degree program prepares community college leaders who are committed to improving teaching and learning in core academic areas and the overall success of adult learners, providing them with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes essential to transform community colleges so that all students are learning at high levels. University faculty and practitioner experts collaborate to create a vibrant learning community that draws upon issues and challenges facing community colleges with special emphasis on the California Central Valley context. Doctoral candidates will tackle real-world problems through their dissertation research and serve their colleges at the same time by informing and improving practice.

Prospective Students

This program is designed for the following groups of prospective students:

  • Community college faculty leaders
  • Community college administrators, including coordinators, directors, deans, and vice-presidents
  • Persons interested in working in community college leadership positions

Program Curriculum

Core Courses

  • EDEL 9001 Applied Qualitative Research, 3 units
  • EDEL 9002 Applied Quantitative Research, 3 units
  • EDEL 9003 Organizational Theory and Practice, 3 units
  • EDEL 9005 Policy: Agenda, Adoption, and Implementation, 3 units
  • EDEL 9006 Applied Quantitative Research II, 3 units
  • EDEL 9007 Social Foundations of Education, 3 units
  • EDEL 9008 Educational Leadership in Diverse Communities, 3 units
  • EDEL 9009 Adult Learning Theory for Professional Development, 3 units
  • EDEL 9010 Model of Inquiry, 3 units
  • EDEL 9011 Applied Inquiry 1: Directed Reading & Literature Review Development, 3 Units
  • EDEL 9012 Applied Inquiry 2: Beginning Research Proposal Design, 3 Units
  • EDEL 9013 Applied Inquiry 3: Advanced Research Proposal Design, 3 Units
  • EDEL 9014 Applied Qualitative Research II, 3 Units

Specialization Courses 

  • EDEL 9070 Foundations of Community College, 3 units
  • EDEL 9071 Leadership, Policy, and Organizational Governance in the Community College, 3 units
  • EDEL 9072 Instructional Planning, Assessment, and Accountability in the Community College, 3 units

Dissertation (12 units)

  • EDEL 9990 Dissertation