Community College Leadership Certificate

Want to Become a Leader in a Community College Learning Environment?

The Watson College offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program in Community College Leadership. The 12- credit hour program, offered through the Higher Education program in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership, is designed for community college administrators and faculty members. Courses focus on teaching and learning at community colleges and provide an overview of the mission, functions and diversity among community college leadership. Organizational management, including policy and budgeting, is also covered.

Program Features

  • The program is offered in a hybrid format that provides flexibility for full-time professionals who may need access to distance education options
  • Courses are taught by dedicated faculty with expertise in higher education
  • Students complete a culminating project that is informed by scholarship and research related to their professional area of interest
  • A summer session brings students and community leaders together for courses and events

Degree Requirements (12 credit hours)

  • EDL 557 The Comprehensive Community College: 3
  • EDL 537 Organizational Strategy & Resource Management in Community Colleges: 3
  • EDL 538 Teaching & Learning in Community Colleges: 3
  • EDL 539 Community College Leadership: 3

Course Schedule

The next cohort begins January 2022. Application deadline is October 31, 2021. The course schedule is:



  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Currently hold a position at a community college or are interested in working at a community college


To apply for admission to the graduate Certificate in Community College Leadership program the candidate must submit the following:

  1. An application for graduate admission.
  2. Official transcripts of all prior university or college coursework (undergraduate and graduate).
  3. Professional resume and personal statement delineating professional background, future goals, and how obtaining the Community College Leadership certificate helps in meeting stated goals.

Please visit the Graduate School to apply. The next cohort begins January 2021. Applications will be accepted through October 31, 2020.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator
Dr. Denise Henning 

Watson College of Education
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5980