The Community College Leadership specialization prepares you to become a scholar-practitioner who can effectively lead successful 21st-century community colleges. This specialization is ideal if you are an educator looking to further your career in the community college landscape or if you are employed in businesses and policy development related to higher education.
Coursework focuses on developing proficiency in many aspects of the community college mission, including academic transfer programs, workforce development, developmental and remedial education, continuing education for professionals, student development, and community service. You will learn to use research, data, technology, and strategic planning to make complex decisions in diverse demographic environments. Gain the knowledge to develop collaborative teams to ensure students meet the accountability standards for completion of a certificate or degree. This EdD specialization can prepare you to be a change agent for social justice and innovation in a higher education setting.
Minimum Completion Requirements
- 79 quarter credits*
- 1 face-to-face residency
- Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.
In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.
To complete a doctoral dissertation/doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation/doctoral study process in the Dissertation Guidebook.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
To satisfy these completion requirements, you must have current and consistent direct access to students, faculty, or staff in an authentic community college learning environment.
As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:
- Effectively communicate with community college stakeholders.
- Apply leadership skills associated with strategic planning, budgeting, and assessment in community colleges.
- Effectively address diversity in community college programs and policies to support student development and achievement.
- Utilize current research to address critical issues in community college policies and procedures.
- Employ appropriate technologies to facilitate learning and innovation in the community college.
- Collaborate with a range of stakeholders to effect positive social change.
- Design research to address educational problems and contribute to the profession.