Walden University

Ph.D. in Education - Community College Leadership

Walden University's Ph.D. in Education program with a specialization in Community College Leadership prepares students for leadership roles at community colleges. Read more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Community College Leadership

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:

Ph.D.

Program Description:

Walden University's Ph.D. in Education program with a specialization in Community College Leadership prepares students for leadership careers in community colleges. The program focuses on teaching students how adults learn and how to promote learning. Curriculum includes courses in social change, human development, and community college systems. Students also take advanced research courses and have the option of completing a practicum in community college leadership. The program culminates with a required dissertation.

Accreditation:

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

Learning Format:

Online

Estimated Program Length:

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Personalized estimates of time to completion can be discussed with Walden University enrollment advisors.

Total Credits Required:

122-131 quarter credit hours

Financial Aid Available:

Walden University offers a number of financial aid opportunities including scholarships, fellowships, and employer tuition reimbursement for those who qualify. Enrollment advisors can also assist with federal aid, private loans, veteran benefits, and other opportunities.

Courses for a Ph.D. in Education with a Specialization in Community College Leadership:

Degree program curriculum and credits are subject to change. Contact Walden University for the most current information before enrolling in a program.

Core Curriculum

Course TitleCredits
Foundations for Doctoral Study6
KAM I: Principles of Social Change
Breadth: Theories of Social Change5
Depth: Current Research in Social Change and Community Colleges5
Application: Professional Practice, Social Change, and Community Colleges 4
KAM II: Principles of Human Development
Breadth: Theories of Human Development5
Depth: Current Research in Human Development and Community Colleges 5
Application: Professional Practice, Human Development, and Community Colleges 4
KAM III: Principles of Organizational and Social Systems
Breadth: Theories of Organizational and Social Systems5
Depth: Current Research on Social Systems and Community Colleges 5
Application: Professional Practice, Social Systems, and Community Colleges 4

Core Research Sequence

Course TitleCredits
Research Theory, Design and Methods4
Quantitative Reasoning4
Qualitative Reasoning4

Specialized KAMs

Course TitleCredits
KAM V: The Contemporary Community College
Breadth: Perspectives on the Role of the Community College 5
Depth: Current Research on Trends in the Community College 5
Application: Professional Practice and Current Trends in Community Colleges 4
KAM VI: Leadership and Strategic Planning in the Community College
Breadth: Perspectives on Leadership and Strategic Planning in Community Colleges 5
Depth: Current Research on Leadership and Strategic Planning in Community Colleges5
Application: Professional Practice in Leadership and Strategic Planning in Community Colleges 4

Advanced Research Courses (Choose one course)

Course TitleCredits
Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis 4
Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis 4
Advanced Mixed Methods Reasoning and Analysis4

Optional Practicum

Course TitleCredits
Practicum in Community College Leadership 9

Dissertation

Course TitleCredits
Dissertation30

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Walden University's PhD in Education - Community College Leadership program can prepare students to work in supervisory and leadership positions in community colleges.

Careers that program graduates may seek include:

  • Community College Dean
  • Community College Program Administrator
  • Community College Student Services Specialist

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