Community College Leadership Certificate

Community College Leadership Certificate Certificate

The Community College Leadership Certificate (CCLC) 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.

As part of the certificate experience, we encourage and expect CCLC participants to continue their learning through opportunities for further development afforded by membership in professional networks and associations or by participation in institutional or community-based leadership initiatives. The final component involves institutional support to develop leaders. CCLC participants must be currently employed at a community college, and 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 will be awarded only to those individuals who successfully complete each of the three components as agreed upon with their advisor and reflected in the culminating university course.

Who Should Consider Taking the Community College Leadership Certificate?
The program focuses on the instructional mission of the community college and is for individuals already employed at a community college. Individuals who are in, or aspire to, an instructional leadership appointment or a senior administrative position will find this program beneficial to their personal and professional advancement.

The Certificate can be completed as a stand-alone credential or in conjunction with an Ed.D degree.
Students who complete the Certificate as a stand-alone credential and subsequently apply for and are admitted to an Ed.D degree program may request that the credit hours completed in the Certificate program be accepted in a graduate program of study. Acceptance of the credits earned in the Certificate program requires Office of Graduate Studies and supervisory committee approval and is not guaranteed.

Degree Requirements

The Community College Leadership Certificate requires 15 credit hours. Participants must complete the following five, 3-credit courses in the Department of Educational Administration (EDAD) after admission to the program.

  • EDAD 923 – The Community College (offered fall semesters)
  • EDAD 929 - Organizational Development and Change (offered fall semesters)
  • EDAD 935 – Workforce, Economic, and Community Development (offered spring semesters)
  • EDAD 934 – Teaching and Learning in the Community College (offered spring semesters)
  • EDAD 912B – Issues in Community College Leadership (offered fall semesters)

Professional Development and Institutional Sponsorship Requirements

In addition to the required courses, CCLC participants are also required to complete a professional development activity and demonstrate institutional support for their leadership aspirations.

Completion of the professional development requirement can be demonstrated in a number of ways. Many institutions and states now have “grow your own” leadership programs. In a number of communities there are leadership programs sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce or some other entity. Numerous community college organizations and associations have professional development seminars or institutes—too many for us to name them all. Each CCLC participant will be assigned an advisor and in consultation with the advisor a professional development activity will be agreed upon.

Demonstration of institutional support can also occur through a variety of means. Having an institutional sponsor, a person who the CCLC participant can discuss assignments from the UNL courses and the professional development participation is considered a minimum. An institutional mentor, going beyond a sponsor to include discussions of how the CCLC participant can further their leadership development, allowing the CCLC participant to shadow them in their leadership roles, or providing opportunities for the CCLC participant to gain administrative and leadership experience is preferred. In consultation with the advisor, the CCLC participant and the sponsor/mentor will develop strategies and activities to fulfill this requirement.

In order to be awarded the certificate, participants must complete each of the three required components.