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


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 real-world learning experiences in the community college setting, all in a flexible way that accommodates the schedules of working professionals.
  • High-levels of support with dissertation process.  Starting in year one and continuing throughout the three-year program, students will receive individual and course-level guidance and support to ensure timely and successful completion of a practice-based dissertation.
  • Online, cohort-based approach.  With the working professional in mind, courses are primarily asynchronous in nature, meaning learning tasks can be done on whatever days and times are most convenient to the student as long as tasks are completed on schedule. Students will get to know their colleagues well as they are taking all of the courses together in sequence.  The one-week summer residency and periodic synchronous online meetings will also help build a sense of community.

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.

Program Brochure 



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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)