2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
    Sep 16, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Community College Leadership (EdD)


Return to: Doctor of Education (EdD)–School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy  

Adult education professionals in the Community College Leadership specialization prepare to become scholar-practitioners who can effectively lead successful 21st-century community colleges. In their coursework, they focus on developing proficiency in many aspects of the community college mission, including academic transfer programs, workforce development, developmental education and remediation, continuing education for professionals, student development, and community service. Educators in this program learn to use research, data, technology, and strategic planning to make complex decisions in diverse demographic environments. They also gain the knowledge to develop collaborative teams to ensure learners meet the accountability standards for completion of a certificate or degree. Through this EdD specialization, higher education professionals can prepare to be change agents for social justice and innovation in any community college program.

Learning Outcomes


At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:

  1. Effectively communicate with community college stakeholders.
  2. Apply leadership skills associated with strategic planning, budgeting, and assessment in community colleges.
  3. Effectively address diversity in community college programs and policies to support student development and achievement.
  4. Utilize current research to address critical issues in community college policies and procedures. 
  5. Employ appropriate technologies to facilitate learning and innovation in the community college.
  6. Facilitate continuous improvement in the community college environment.
  7. Collaborate with a range of stakeholders to effect positive social change.
  8. Design research to address educational problems and contribute to the profession.

Degree Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Research courses (15 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (30 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Study
    • Doctoral Support Courses (6 cr.)
    • Doctoral Study Completion (5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion)
  • One face-to-face academic residency
  • ePortfolio

Curriculum


Residency Requirements


  • Complete the EdD required residency face-to-face by the end of Term 3.
  • Optional: Complete an EdD Advanced residency face-to-face or virtual in Term 7 or later, including if you are enrolled in EDDD 8900 or EDDD 8990.
  • Optional: Complete an EdD Doctoral Study Intensive retreat face-to-face during EDDD 8990. Contact Academic Advising to register.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


Doctoral Capstone Course


  • EDDD 8990 - Completing the Doctoral Capstone
  • Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

    To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Course Sequence


Quarter Course Credits
1   OR   (6-week version) 5 cr.
  Complete the EdD residency face-to-face by the end of Term 3.  
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   2 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
6    2 cr.
   5 cr.
  Optional: Complete an EdD Advanced residency face-to-face or virtual in Term 7 or later, including if you are enrolled in EDDD 8900 or EDDD 8990.  
7    5 cr.
   2 cr.
  Optional: Complete an EdD Doctoral Study Intensive retreat face-to-face during EDDD 8990. Contact Academic Advising to register.  
8+   * 5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification


This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P–12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.