Our Ed.D. degree in community college executive leadership equips you with specialized skills to succeed.

a new doctor of education, Jeffrey kaston poses with his diplomaAre you a faculty or staff member of a community college who wants to move up to an executive leadership role? If so, our doctoral degree for community college executive leadership is one of the few in the nation to prepare you for the role of community college leader.

Community college vice presidents and presidents are closely embedded in their community. Our doctoral degree helps you develop your skills in forging partnerships with local businesses and leaders to secure internships, apprenticeships and jobs for community college graduates. Our curriculum also prepares you for community college executive leadership duties such as:

  • Developing the best way to train the workforce for local industry
  • Helping companies new to the community find qualified workers
  • Serving on economic development task forces
  • Working to improve the quality of life in the community

In courses such as Developing Effective Student Service programs, you’ll consider how to successfully manage a student population with a significant proportion planning to transfer to a four-year college after two years.

An Ed.D. Degree for You

Our Doctor of Education in Community College Executive Leadership program is a 63-credit hour, three-year program of study. In the first two years, you take two courses during the fall and spring semesters and three during the summer semester. In the third year, you complete 21-credit hour research coursework and a doctoral capstone project after completion of the educational specialist degree (the 42-credit hour portion of the program).

As with other doctoral programs, we use a cohort model to encourage students to develop a strong network of support and professional relationships.

Classes for the Ed.D. and Ed.S. degrees meet on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5.p.m. at our Wingate University – Ballantyne campus. Typically, a course meets for five Saturdays on alternating Saturdays.

Become a Community Leader

Are you ready to earn an Ed.D. degree and lead your community? Our admission requirements detail what you need to do to apply to the program, and the program application process is easy.

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