A Doctorate in Adult and Higher Education with an option 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


Erich N. Pitcher, PhD
Program Lead

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

Priority admission: Students who apply before March 15th of each year will receive notice of the admission decision no later than May 11th.

Rolling admission: Students who apply after March 15th will be reviewed on a space available basis through August 31st.

International Students are not eligible for this program.  Due to the program's part-time status, international students are unable to obtain an appropriate educational visa.