Program Sequence

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Program Sequence

Flexibility is a key component of the doctorate in Community College Leadership. The program has been designed to be completed in 3 years, but we know that some may need more time as they balance life, work, and school. That's why we offer four possible paths to earn your degree. Here, we've outlined how many courses and credits you can expect each year for all our options.

Three and Four Year Paths

Summer Year 1: 4 Credits

  • EDLD 810 Community College Leadership Institute (1 credit)
  • EDLD 811 Community Colleges:  Past, Present, and Future (3 credits)

Fall Year 1: 6 credits

  • EDLD 812 Leadership Theory and Change Management (3 credits)
  • EDLD 831 The Scholarly Practitioner (3 credit)

Spring Year 1: 6 credits; 16 total

  • EDLD 813 Promoting Equity:  Teaching and Supporting Diverse Adult Learners (3 credits)
  • EDLD 832 Educational Research I (3 credits)

Summer Year 2: 4 credits

  • EDLD 814 Innovative Teaching Practices and Modalities (3 credits)
  • EDLD 840 Mentoring I (1 credits)

Fall Year 2: 8 credits

  • EDLD 833 Educational Research II (3 credits)
  • EDLD 815 Strategic Planning, Assessment, and Innovation (3 credits)
  • EDLD 850 Experiential Learning I (2 credits)

Spring Year 2: 7 credits; 19 total

  • EDLD 820 Community College Finance (3 credits)
  • EDLD 855 Experiential Learning II (2 credits)
  • EDLD 930 Dissertation in Practice I (2 credits)

Summer Year 3: 4 credits

  • EDLD 826 Strategic Human Resource Management (3 credits)
  • EDLD 860 Mentoring II (1 credit)

Fall Year 3: 8 credits

  • EDLD 834: Curricular and Instructional Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDLD 841:  Student Services Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDLD 935: Dissertation in Practice II (2 credits)

Spring Year 3: 8 credits; 20 total

  • EDLD 825 Legal Issues, Policies, and Ethical Practices in the Community College (3 credits)
  • EDLD 821 Critical Role of Partnerships in Community College Leadership (2 credits)
  • EDLD 940 Dissertation in Practice III (2 credits)

Complete Coursework and Dissertation in 3 Years

Summer Year 1: 4 credits

  • EDLD 810 Community College Leadership Institute (1 credit)
  • EDLD 811 Community Colleges:  Past, Present, and Future (3 credits)

Fall Year 1: 6 credits

  • EDLD 812 Leadership Theory and Change Management (3 credits)
  • EDLD 831 The Scholarly Practitioner (3 credits)

Spring Year 1: 6 credits; 16 total

  • EDLD 813 Promoting Equity:  Teaching and Supporting Diverse Adult Learners (3 credits)
  • EDLD 832 Educational Research I (3 credits)

Summer Year 2: 4 credits

  • EDLD 814 Innovative Teaching Practices and Modalities (3 credits)
  • EDLD 840 Mentoring I (1 credit)

Fall Year 2: 8 credits

  • EDLD 833 Educational Research II (3 credits)
  • EDLD 815 Strategic Planning, Assessment, and Innovation (3 credits)
  • EDLD 850 Experiential Learning I (2 credits)

Spring Year 2: 7 credits; 19 total

  • EDLD 820 Community College Finance (3 credits)
  • EDLD 855 Experiential Learning II (2 credits)
  • EDLD 930 Dissertation in Practice I (2 credits)

Summer Year 3: 4 credits

  • EDLD 826 Strategic Human Resource Management (3 credits)
  • EDLD 860 Mentoring II (1 credits)

Fall Year 3: 8 credits

  • EDLD 834 Curricular and Instructional Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDLD 841 Student Services Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDLD 935 Dissertation in Practice II (2 credits)

Spring Year 3: 8 credits; 20 total

  • EDLD 825 Legal Issues, Policies, and Ethical Practices in the Community College (3 credits)
  • EDLD 821 Critical Role of Partnerships in Community College Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDLD 940 Dissertation in Practice III (2 credits)

Summer Year 4: 0 credits

Fall Year 4: 3 credits

  • Maintenance of Matriculation (3 credits)

Spring Year IV (3 credits; 6 total)

  • Maintenance of Matriculation (3 credits)

Complete Coursework in 3 Years and then Complete your Dissertation at your Pace

Note: If you are not taking at least 6 credits during each semester, you will not be eligible for student loans.

Summer Year 1: 4 credits

  • EDLD 810 Community College Leadership Institute (1 credit)
  • EDLD 811 Community Colleges:  Past, Present, and Future (3 credits)

Fall Year 1: 6 credits

  • EDLD 812 Leadership Theory and Change Management (3 credits)
  • EDLD 831 The Scholarly Practitioner (3 credit)

Spring Year 1: 6 credits; 16 total

  • EDLD 813 Promoting Equity:  Teaching and Supporting Diverse Adult Learners (3 credits)
  • EDLD 832 Educational Research I (3 credits)

Summer Year 2: 4 credits

  • EDLD 814 Innovative Teaching Practices and Modalities (3 credits)
  • EDLD 840 Mentoring I (1 credits)

Fall Year 2: 2 credits

  • EDLD 850 Experiential Learning I (2 credits)

Spring Year 2: 2 credits

  • EDLD 855 Experiential Learning II (2 credits)

Shift to New Cohort This Year

Summer Year 3: 4 credits

  • EDLD 860 Mentoring II (1 credits)
  • EDLD 826 Strategic Human Resource Management (3 credits)

Fall Year 3: 6 credits

  • EDLD 833 Educational Research II (3 credits)
  • EDLD 815 Strategic Planning, Assessment, and Innovation (3 credits)

Spring Year 3: 5 credits; 15 total

  • EDLD 820 Community College Finance (3 credits)
  • EDLD 930 Dissertation in Practice I (2 credits)

Summer Year 4: 0 credits

Fall Year 4: 8 credits

  • EDLD 834 Curricular and Instructional Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDLD 841 Student Services Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDLD 935 Dissertation in Practice II (2 credits)

Spring Year 4: 8 credits; 16 total

  • EDLD 825 Legal Issues, Policies, and Ethical Practices in the Community College (3 credits)
  • EDLD 821 Critical Role of Partnerships in Community College Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDLD 940 Dissertation in Practice III (2 credits)

Complete Coursework and Dissertation in 4 Years, with a Reduced Courseload when Completing Experiential Learning

Note: If you are not taking at least 6 credits during each semester, you will not be eligible for student loans.

Summer Year 1: 4 credits

  • EDLD 810 Community College Leadership Institute (1 credit)
  • EDLD 811 Community Colleges:  Past, Present, and Future (3 credits)

Fall Year 1: 6 credits

  • EDLD 812 Leadership Theory and Change Management (3 credits)
  • EDLD 831 The Scholarly Practitioner (3 credit)

Spring Year 1: 6 credits; 16 total

  • EDLD 813 Promoting Equity:  Teaching and Supporting Diverse Adult Learners (3 credits)
  • EDLD 832 Educational Research I (3 credits)

Summer Year 2: 4 credits

  • EDLD 814 Innovative Teaching Practices and Modalities (3 credits)
  • EDLD 840 Mentoring I (1 credits)

Fall Year 2: 8 credits

  • EDLD 833 Educational Research II (3 credits)
  • EDLD 815 Strategic Planning, Assessment, and Innovation (3 credits)
  • EDLD 850 Experiential Learning I (2 credits)

Spring Year 2: 5 credits, 17 Total

  • EDLD 820 Community College Finance (3 credits)
  • EDLD 855 Experiential Learning II (2 credits)

Summer Year 3: 4 credits

  • EDLD 860 Mentoring II (1 credits)
  • EDLD 826 Strategic Human Resource Management (3 credits)

Fall Year 3: 6 credits

  • EDLD 834 Curricular and Instructional Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDLD 841 Student Services Leadership (3 credits)

Spring Year 3: 8 credits; 18 total

  • EDLD 825 Legal Issues, Policies, and Ethical Practices in the Community College (3 credits)
  • EDLD 821 Critical Role of Partnerships in Community College Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDLD 930 Dissertation in Practice I (2 credits)

Summer Year 4: 0 credits

Fall Year 4: 2 credits

  • EDLD 935 Dissertation in Practice II (2 credits)

Spring Year 4: 2 credits; 4 total

  • EDLD 940 Dissertation in Practice III (2 credits)

Complete Content Coursework in 3 Years and Complete Dissertation in 4th Year

Note: If you are not taking at least 6 credits during each semester, you will not be eligible for student loans.