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Doctor of Education - Community College Leadership

The online Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership program from Walden University prepares students to become effective leaders furthering the development of community colleges. Learn more about Walden University's EdD program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education with a specialization in Community College Leadership

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Prerequisites:

The online Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership program at Walden University asks that potential students have a master's degree from an accredited university with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicants could have experience in educational leadership or management, or an interest in the internal operations of a community college. Students should have strong communication skills and familiarity with scholarly research. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Walden's online Doctor of Education with a specialization in Community College Leadership program is geared to help education professionals lead community colleges effectively and institute positive social change. Students have the chance to learn about the inception and development of community colleges adding a new facet to post-secondary learning. This curriculum will examine challenges and trends in community colleges through research and analyzing current methods. Learners may examine how to transform leadership abilities and strengthen communication, conflict management, and strategic planning. Courses could include topics about managing resources in higher education, promoting student development in community colleges, education law, and research theory and design.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

79 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for Doctor of Education with a specialization in Community College Leadership:

Students enrolled in the Doctor of Education - Community College Leadership online program at Walden University must finish a doctoral writing assessment along with a professional development plan. The EdD program also requires 30 credits completed in specialization courses in addition to one face-to-face residency. The doctoral capstone course will be taken at least four times. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 credits)

  • Students will be automatically enrolled upon admission to the following course:
    • Doctoral Writing Assessment

Foundation Course (5 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following
    • Leading the Future of Education
    • Leading the Future of Education (6-week version)

Research Courses (15 credits)

  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Specialization Courses (30 credits)

  • The Community College - Historical Context and Critical Issues
  • Transformational Leadership for Institutional Effectiveness in Community Colleges
  • Contemporary Issues, Challenges, and Trends in Community Colleges
  • Promoting Student Development and Success in Community Colleges
  • Managing Resource in Higher Education
  • Education Law, Policy, and Governance

Residency Requirements

  • Students must complete this by the end of term 3:
    • EdD Residency

Doctoral Support Courses (9 credits)

  • Tools for Doctoral Research Success
  • Demystifying Doctoral Writing for Research
  • Completing the Prospectus

Doctoral Capstone (20 credits)

  • Students must enroll a minimum of 4 times continuously in the following course:
    • Completing the Doctoral Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates with a Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership from Walden University's online program should have advanced management and communication skills to be effective community college leaders. Students with an EdD could work in several higher education settings including healthcare, government, and not for profit organizations. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Postsecondary teacher
  • Education administrator
  • Associate Dean

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