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Explore our Online Post-Master’s Certificate in Community College Leadership

Learning is fundamental to success. Never miss an opportunity to expand your knowledge.

Every individual deserves a supporter—someone who encourages them to be the best they can be. With a Post-Master’s Certificate in Community College Leadership, you can be that advocate for adult learners. Develop the knowledge and insight to be proficient in a variety of areas of the community college mission.

Community colleges are facing an impending leadership crisis due to the retirement of many leaders and administrators.1 Whether you’re looking to make a career change or grow your skills, this certificate can help you build your expertise.

In this program, you will analyze academic transfer programs, workforce development, developmental education, and remediation. The skills you develop and the knowledge you gain will prepare you to create a culture in which learning is at the forefront.

Credits from the Post-Master’s Certificate in Community College Leadership can be applied toward Walden’s Doctor of Education (EdD) program.


Completion Requirements

  • 20 total quarter credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.


Course Code Title Credits
EDDD 8040

The Community College—Historical Context and Critical Issues

The rise of community colleges following World War II added a new egalitarian dimension to higher education. In this course, educators explore how the various components of the community college history and mission changed the face of postsecondary education, giving rise to workforce development, developmental education, and continuing education, in addition to academic transfer programs. Best practices for governance of community colleges as well as contemporary issues such as the completion agenda, dual-credit courses for high school students, and articulations with 4-year institutions are explored. 

(5 cr.)
EDDD 8041

Transformational Leadership for Institutional Effectiveness in Community Colleges

Effective leadership in community colleges goes beyond managing or reacting to change; it anticipates change and seeks out opportunities for growth for the institution and its members while keeping the institution focused on its mission and goals for learning. Community college professionals in this course focus on key leadership skills, such as communication, negotiation, decision making, strategic planning, and conflict management. They research and discuss strategies for navigating the complex political environment of today's colleges and universities, cultivating a culture of evidence, and developing the institution's intellectual and human resources. They also practice analyzing, evaluating, and applying research methods appropriate to data-informed planning and decision making. 

(5 cr.)
EDDD 8042

Contemporary Issues, Challenges, and Trends in Community Colleges

Staying abreast of contemporary issues, challenges, and emerging trends is essential for institutional effectiveness in community colleges. The rapid expansion of online programs, which extends the reach of community colleges beyond the bounds of geography, while being a catalyst for change and development in the local communities, is just one of the challenges faced by 21st-century community college leaders. This course is designed to keep educators on the leading edge while exploring topics of technology, diversity of students, college readiness, access, and global awareness.

(5 cr.)
EDDD 8043

Promoting Student Development and Success in Community Colleges

Community colleges are becoming increasingly accountable for providing diverse student populations with skills that prepare them for the future. Faculty and staff must be prepared to meet the needs of all students, including veterans, students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, academically underprepared students, or those who are the first in their families to attend college. The community college professional is often responsible for developing and implementing robust and proactive programs of academic and personal support to assist students in completing their programs and becoming successful. Included in this course is a focus on assessment and placement tools that assist in determining who might need resources such as remediation, developmental education, or counseling. In this course, educators can gain the tools needed to develop and measure resources that support student success. With an emphasis on outcomes, educators in this course focus on best practices for improving the engagement, retention, and educational achievement of today's community college student.

(5 cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 20 total quarter credit hours $605 per quarter hour $12,100
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $640

TOTAL $12,740

Transfer up to 10 credits $6,370

Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $6,370

*The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost $1,000–1,400.

Admission Requirements

Since our certificate programs are offered at different levels, admission requirements vary. Call 855-646-5286 to find out the admission requirements for your certificate program of interest. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on the program you choose. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific degree programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.