Community College Leadership

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


The Community College Leadership Certificate is a special program of 15 credit hours of graduate course work in educational leadership. The program is designed to develop professional leadership capabilities to meet the needs of potential and current community college leadership personnel. Students who complete the program will be awarded a Certificate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The program has the potential to serve a variety of people interested in leadership roles in community colleges. The program can serve those who are just beginning their career in community college administration as well as those who are in leadership positions and need or desire additional preparation.

The Community College Leadership Certificate is comprised of three components. The university component includes a set of five courses that develop the knowledge and capabilities for effective leadership of the community college. The five courses are designed individually and collectively to cover the key areas of knowledge and skills needed to lead community colleges in a rapidly changing environment. While addressing a broad range of capabilities, we believe that leadership cannot be developed based on what can be learned in college courses alone. The second component includes involvement in professional associations related to the community college.

Distance education opportunities

All five courses required for this program are completed online.
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This graduate certificate is offered by the Department of Educational Administration.

Graduate Chair

Dr. Brent Cejda

Educational Administration


Staff Contact

Cindy DeRyke


Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by the department for this certificate

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

Application deadline
Rolling admissions; contact department for more information.


The Community College Leadership Certificate is a 15 credit hour program. To earn the Certificate, participants must first be admitted to the program and then complete the five designated courses, 3 credit hours each, in the Department of Educational Administration (EDAD).


  • EDAD 923: The Community College
  • EDAD 929: Organizational Development and Change
  • EDAD 935: Workforce, Economic, and Community Development
  • EDAD 934: Teaching and Learning in the Community College
  • EDAD 912B: Community College Leadership

More course information

The Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin provides course descriptions and prerequisites, grouped by subject area.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors for courses being offered in current and near-future terms.

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