COE: Grad Cert: Community College Leadership Certificate
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Enhance Leadership in Community Colleges

Globalization is driving changes in our economy, and the need for an educated workforce has never been greater. The majority of new jobs that will be created by 2014 will require some postsecondary education. Without community colleges, millions of students and adult learners would not be able to access the education they need to be prepared for further education or the workplace. Community colleges often are the access point for education in a town and a real catalyst for economic development.

Institutions in the state of Missouri, and across the nation, have come to recognize the growing demand for community college leadership and administrator preparation now and in the coming decades. This 18 credit hour graduate certificate program will provide opportunities for you to gain knowledge, skills, and competencies essential to your career and professional development as a leader in higher education settings, specifically in community colleges.

Community colleges are in the midst of a transition brought about by the numerous retirements of administrators and faculty members, many of whom have worked at community colleges since the 1960s or 1970s. Vacancies created from retirements offer opportunities for colleges to increase diversity in leaders and faculty and to be more reflective of the communities they serve. Colleges are using this opportunity to create more inclusive staffs, and increasingly women and members of minority groups are being selected to fill leadership positions. Finally, this time also provides an opportunity to hire or promote energetic new leaders with new ideas that will help colleges respond to the new demands on higher education institutions.

Graduate Certificate

Contact Advisor:

Pat Boyer

262 Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 516-7396

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1

The certificate program will allow participating candidates to develop skills and knowledge through completing the 18 hour curriculum outlined in the following section:

HIGHERED 6430The Community College (Taught by UMSL Faculty - Entry Level course)3
HIGHERED 6431Community College Leadership (Taught by UMSL Faculty )3
EDUL 5559Current Issues in the Community College (Taught by UMKC Faculty) 3
EDUL 5553 Supervising and Managing People (Taught by UMKC Faculty)3
Elective (Can be taken from either institution or an approved elective from the student’s home institution)3
Select one of the following (Capstone Experience):3
Internship (UMSL)
EDUL 5571
Internship in Higher Education (UMKC)
Total Hours18