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Graduate Certificate in Community College Leadership

Program Details

Kent State University offers an online certificate program in the advanced studies of Leadership in Community College settings.  The program is designed to build on the already learned foundations from a Bachelor or Masters level of education and introduce students to the necessary skills of administration, staff and faculty members in community college learning institutions.

The certificate is a 15 credit hour program comprised of five courses, each with an important aspect of study in the area of education administration.  The courses cover topics such as: workforce, economics, community development, issues & trends in community colleges, college student development and the community college as a higher education learning establishment.  

Graduates will demonstrate a complete understanding of the programs objectives by successfully completing an internship or practicum in addition to field experience.  The Community College Leadership certificate will give graduates the competitive edge when entering a new career opportunity or can serve as the platform for advancement in current positions.  The certificate program aligns with the competencies for community college leaders established by the American Association of Community Colleges.


  • Bachelor degree required; master degree preferred
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or greater is preferred (any postbaccalaureate work will be taken into consideration when interpreting GPA)

Accreditation & Licensing

American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric Medical Education

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)


Not all of Kent State's online programs are available in every state. Students should check prior to enrollment.