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 and is intended for those already employed at a community college. The program is designed to develop professional leadership capabilities to meet the needs of current community college leadership personnel. Students who complete the program will be awarded a Certificate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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 and third components involve a professional development experience and institutional support to develop leaders. CCLC participants must be employed at a community college, have an institutional sponsor or mentor with whom they can discuss aspects from both the UNL coursework and the professional development activity as they pertain to the employing institution.

The Certificate can be completed as a stand-alone credential or in conjunction with the EDAD Ed.D degree.

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Graduate Chair, Ed Admin
Dr. Brent Cejda

Staff Contact
Cindy DeRyke

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by the department

  • Letter of application
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
Application deadline
Rolling admissions; contact department for more information.

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Community College Leadership.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.