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Community College Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

Our online graduate certificate in Community College Leadership is designed for emerging leaders in community college administration, as well as administrators who have recently transitioned to a community college from careers in other industries. Students take live, video online courses in the fall and spring semesters, then participate in an internship during the summer. Certificate courses can be completed in one or two years.

Community College Leadership (Graduate Certificate)


Description


What is Community College Leadership at ODU like?

Our online graduate certificate in Community College Leadership is designed for emerging leaders in community college administration, as well as administrators who have recently transitioned to a community college from careers in other industries. Students take live, video online courses in the fall and spring semesters, then participate in an internship during the summer. Certificate courses can be completed in one or two years.

Program Highlights


What makes Community College Leadership at ODU unique?

  • Stackable: Credits earned in the Certificate Program are stackable and can be applied to the doctoral degree for students admitted to ODU's Ph.D. Program in Community College Leadership.

  • High-Quality: Graduates of the certificate program earn a credential from a Community College Leadership program with a national reputation for excellence. Our program has a strong reputation for its combination of academic rigor and executive-level leadership preparation.

  • Comprehensive: The certificate provides high-quality learning experiences with dedicated faculty members and community college leaders, ensuring a broad-based, comprehensive graduate experience for students. Courses are team-taught by dedicated faculty and national community college leaders, as well as state and institutional guest speakers from across the U.S.

  • Affordable: Our competitive tuition rates for both in-state and out-of-state students make the program affordable for community college leaders throughout the United States.

  • Critical Skills: Certificate courses cover: community college leadership; curriculum, program development, and quality assurance; finance, fundraising, resource management; and community college politics, policy, and advocacy.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Education Administrators, Postsecondary

$107,670

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Community College Leadership at ODU?

CCL 820:
Community College Leadership


Provides students with the theory, knowledge and skills needed to be an effective leader within the community college system. Course assignments take a practical approach to identifying and applying theoretical principles and personal leadership style. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the doctoral program or permission of the instructor.

CCL 824:
COMM COLL FIN FUND RSC MGMT


An examination of the necessary financial knowledge and skills required for community college leaders through the exploration of how the mission and goals of the community college are directly connected to financial considerations. Course activities help prepare students to take leadership roles in budget decisions, development of state and local government appropriations, fundraising, resource management, and financial decisions that are based on data and realistic institutional goals. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the doctoral program or permission of the instructor.

CCL 826:
Community College Curriculum, Program Development, and Quality Assurance


A critical examination of community college curricula and program development. Students will develop the knowledge to understand and defend curricular issues related to developmental education, transfer education, career, technical and vocational education, continuing education, and general education. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the doctoral program or permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Community College Leadership at ODU?

Students entering the Certificate program in Community College Leadership should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Graduate certificate applicants are considered on a rolling basis to begin in the fall or spring semester. Applicants will:

  • complete an online application, and pay application fee;

  • upload transcripts of all undergraduate and/or graduate work at regionally-accredited institutions;

  • Applicants also upload supplemental materials including:

     

    • A CV or resume that describes the applicant's academic and professional background.

    • One (1) letter of recommendation that demonstrates the applicant's academic ability, writing ability, and leadership potential. Applicants will enter the emails for references in the online system, and references will be emailed a link to upload a letter of recommendation on letterhead and complete the online reference form.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

All students in the Community College Leadership Program - whether in the Ph.D. Program or the Graduate Certificate Program - who live outside of Virginia will pay $595 per credit.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Dr. Mitchell R. Williams


Location:

2322 EDUCATION BUILDING, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4344


For General Inquiries:

ccl@odu.edu


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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