Program type:

Graduate Academic Certification

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

1-2 semesters
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Step into Community College Leadership with a graduate academic certificate from UNT.
Stand out with a graduate-level professional certificate focused on the community college mission, finance and administration, leadership, economic and community development, teaching and learning, and contemporary issues. The added depth and breadth of knowledge you will bring to your community college leadership role will serve the next generation of learners.

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Why Earn a Community College Leadership Certificate?

Community colleges are facing an impending leadership crisis. The current generation of college presidents, senior administrators, and faculty leaders are retiring at a rapid rate. With the presidential median age of sixty as of 2012, 42 percent of presidents are expected to retire in the next five years. Upcoming retirements in leadership positions are projected to continue to be higher than normal as a generational change takes place.

This certificate will help graduates step into leadership roles and help facilitate higher education at the community college level for the next generation.

Community College Leadership Certificate Highlights

College of Education ranked 1st in the North Texas region among public graduate schools, 3rd among public graduate schools in Texas, 68th among public graduate schools and 89th overall in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
College of Education ranked 9th in Texas and 66th in the South by
Faculty advisors will assist you in your efforts to successfully complete and earn your selected doctoral degree. EDLE faculty possess training and experience as principals, central office administrators, assistant superintendents and superintendents.
The College of Education Diversity Council was created in 2019 and is charged with reviewing and advocating for critical diversity issues and developing resources related to diversity and inclusion. Membership on the Diversity Council was intentional to ensure all levels and areas of the college, as well as diverse perspectives, are represented.
Ranked a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification, UNT is a catalyst for creativity, fueling progress, innovation and entrepreneurship for the North Texas region, the state and beyond.
The College of Education is regionally and nationally recognized for excellence in preparing teachers, administrators, counselors, kinesiology and health promotion specialists, play therapists and other educators. 

What Can You do With a Community College Leadership Certificate?

Community colleges will be hiring or promoting energetic new academic and administrative leaders with new ideas and the right credentials that will help colleges respond to the increasing demands on higher education institutions.

Community College Leadership Certificate Courses You Could Take

Community College Administration (3 hrs)
Examination of the context for and operation of community college administration with emphasis on governance and administration at the local and state levels.
The Effective College Instructor (3 hrs)
Review of research, theory and profiles of effective college instructors and best practices in college teaching. Comparative analysis of research on skill requirements of instructors in community colleges and senior institutions.
Economic Development and Higher Education (3 hrs)
Exploration of the role of higher education institutions in economic development. Examines basic aspects of human capital theory along with local, state and federal resource development policy and the intersections with educational training, as well as the impact of educational institutions on the economy.
Community College Leadership (3 hrs)
Examination of the theory and practice of leadership as these apply to the comprehensive community college. Topics include motivational theory, communications, group decision making, problem solving, conflict resolution, organizational theory, and career planning and development.
Contemporary Issues in the Community College (3 hrs)
Exploration of key contemporary issues in the community college as these relate to the areas of developmental education, leadership and governance, state support, federal student aid, federal policies affecting higher education and community colleges, evaluation and accountability, professional development, leadership development, diversity and access.
History and Philosophy of the Community College (3 hrs)
Exploration of the development and the evolution of the community college as an innovation in U.S. higher education. Factors that influenced its creation and development, the historical and philosophical roots and the mission and function of community colleges. 

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