Ed.D. in Community College Leadership

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Doctorate in Community College Leadership

Developing Leaders at All Levels

"This Ed.D. in Community College Leadership program is professional development at its highest level!"

Martine Howard, Cohort 1 Doctoral Student

See What the Ed.D. in Community College Leadership Students, Faculty, and Advisory Board Members Have Been Up To!

  2020-2021 YEAR IN REVIEW

2019-2020 YEAR IN REVIEW 


Unique Features

  • Practice-focused approach.  Coursework and dissertation are based on the scholarly-practitioner model, meaning the application of theory and research is emphasized.
  • Mentoring and experiential learning.  Students will engage with professional mentors in the field and gain meaningful consulting or project-based learning experiences in the community college setting, all in a flexible way that accommodates the schedules of working professionals.
  • High-levels of support with a program evaluation dissertation.  To ensure timely completion of the dissertation, students will receive individual and course-level guidance as they identify a problem of practice and engage in a rigorous evaluation of the effectiveness of a program, practice, or policy.
  • Online, cohort-based approach.  Engaging and authentic asynchronous learning experiences combined with occasional live online sessions and a week-long summer institute give students the opportunity to build a sense of community while providing the flexibility that working professionals need.

Program Goals

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The goals of the Ed.D. in Community College Leadership program are to develop community college leaders who: 

  • Use an evidence-based approach to decision making and leadership, with a focus on the goal of increased rates of student completion and success  
  • Promote culturally responsive pedagogical and supportive practices that are grounded in theory and research.
  • Engage in partnerships to champion the mission of the community college and lead various reform efforts aimed at reducing equity gaps.
  • Effectively engage in strategic planning and assessment and clearly communicate vision and data to various stakeholders.




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Program Co-Coordinators 

Email, text, or call us for more information

John Melendez, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
908-296-6033 (cell)

Christine Harrington, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
732-690-2090 (cell)


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