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Old Dominion University

Darden College of Education & Professional Studies
Educational Foundations & Leadership
5115 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23529


Degree Offered

Ph.D. and graduate certificate program

Program Emphasis

The Ph.D. in Community College Leadership is a nationally recognized program designed to prepare senior-level leaders for U.S. community colleges. Students from across the U.S. take live web classes in the fall and spring and gather once a year at the annual Summer Institute, a signature national event the first two weeks in June. The 54-credit program has four elements: core coursework in community college leadership (21 credits), research courses (15 credits),  elective courses (6 credits), and dissertation (12 credits).

The graduate certificate in community college leadership is designed for faculty and administrators in community colleges, as well as individuals who recently transitioned to community college administration from careers in other industries. The 15-credit program typically takes one year (two courses in fall/spring, plus summer internship) or about two years (one course in fall/spring and summer internship).

Courses with Community College Emphasis

CCL 820: Community College Leadership
CCL 824: Community College Finance, Fundraising, and Resource Management
CCL 826: Community College Curriculum, Program Development, and Quality Assurance
CCL 830: Community College Politics, Policy, and Advocacy
CCL 866: Modern Community College: Foundations, Philosophy, and Vision
CCL 868: Internship in Community College Leadership
SEPS 865: Trends and Issues of Economic and Workforce Development

For More Information

Department phone number: 757-683-5163

David F. Ayers, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director: