A Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Community College Leadership prepares faculty and administrators for leadership roles in technical and community colleges and similar organizations. The focus is on the application of quality research to the problems and opportunities in community colleges.

Community College Leadership Teaching and Learning Methods

Students enroll as members of a cohort with the goal of participating in an active learning community. Classes are scheduled for an intensive weekend twice per term at an off-campus conference center in Oregon. Instructional methods include group and individual projects, scholarly discussion, and a professional internship. A major professor guides each student through the program.

Prerequisite Experience

Applicants need a minimum of three years of professional experience in technical or community colleges or a professional field related to teaching, learning and/or leadership.

Topics of Study

  • Adult Learning Theory
  • Education for Work                                                                                                 
  • Legal Issues
  • Leadership and Organizational Theory and Practice
  • Finance
  • Professional Ethics
  • Student Services
  • History of Higher Education

Ph.D. Option

In addition to the Ed.D., there is an option to pursue a Ph.D.  This option is highly competitive.  Applicants must have a research oriented career goal and must demonstrate their ability to contribute to a faculty members research activities.  Applicants wishing to pursue this option are encouraged to seek degree and pre-admission advising.  Contact Joe Johnson (541)-737-3574 joe.johnson@oregonstate.edu

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Note: Community College Leadership follows a cohort model, which only begins in Fall term each year.

International Students are not eligible for this program.

For more information or program questions, contact:

Administrative Questions: Contact Gosia Wojtas (541)-737-4317 gosia.wojtas@oregonstate.edu

Degree and Pre-Admission Advising: Contact Joe Johnson (541)-737-3574 joe.johnson@oregonstate.edu