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Educational Leadership (Community College Leadership), Ed.D.

Your Future as a Community College Leader Starts Here
  • 60

    Credit Hours

  • 10-14

    Students Admitted to the Specialization Cohort Each Year

  • 100%

    Students Work Full-time While Pursuing Their Ed.D.

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Offers Offers

Coursework and degree requirements that can be completed while working full-time

A focus on research-based practice and a cohort model

A deep dive into the most critical issues in community college leadership today and a dissertation involving original, independent research or special projects

Faculty members who are internationally recognized researchers and experienced higher education/community college professionals

Internships and other applied learning experiences and multiple certificate options that can be completed during the program

We are excited to offer a robust program that recognizes the unique opportunities and challenges our community college partners face as they seek to create career pathways for diverse learners.
Dr. Symphony Oxendine Coordinator, Ed.D. program
Program Overview

University-Community College Partnership

UNCW’s Community College Collaborative (UNCW 3C) seeks to grow the next generation of community college leaders through collaborative partnerships, professional development and graduate programs for aspiring college leaders.

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Professional Development Events

Each year, UNCW 3C holds professional development events for aspiring community college leaders. Budgeting, conflict resolution, diversity, equity and inclusion, SACSCOC and the staff-to-administrative transition are some of the topics covered at Aspiring Leader Summit events.

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Annual Conference

UNCW 3C’s annual Challenging the Paradigm conference brings together higher education leaders from across the state for presentations and panel discussions focused on best practices in education. The conference provides an opportunity for CCL students to share research, network and learn from community college leaders.

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CCURE Project

UNCW’s Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (CCURE) program provides unique research opportunities for undergraduate students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and applied learning opportunities for students in WCE’s CCL program.

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International Internship

UNCW’s Higher Education at Maynooth program provides students with meaningful opportunities to practice administrative and leadership work, conduct assessment or research-based projects, or develop educational or social programming for student and academic service units at an international institution of higher education.

The Higher Ed program at UNCW is at Maynooth University, located in County Kildare, Ireland, about 20 km west of Dublin, Ireland.