Ed.D. in Community College Leadership

The doctor of education with concentration in community college leadership prepares faculty and administrators for leadership roles in technical and community colleges, higher education settings and similar organizations. The focus is on the application of quality research to the challenges and opportunities in community and technical colleges.

The Ed.D. degree is offered by Oregon State University's College of Education and Ecampus.

Face-to-face meetings

During the first two years of this program, students meet and study with their learning cohort in-person and online. Classes are two weekends per term at a convenient location near Portland, Oregon. Students also have an intensive one-week course during the summer at OSU's main campus in Corvallis, Oregon. 

Collaborative cohort model

Students discussing the CCL class at OSU Ecampus. Play

"Learn from the best, alongside the best." Students and instructors discuss the synergy of learning in a cohort environment.

Students enroll as members of a cohort with the goal of participating in an active learning community. Participants are working professionals in higher education settings from Oregon, Washington, California and a variety of states. Graduates already include presidents and senior leaders in many of the two-year colleges throughout the United States. Collaboration has been the key to both degree excellence and graduates' career success. A major professor guides each student through the program.

Applicable research

Community college leadership focuses on the application of research, promising practices, and leading thinking to the opportunities and challenges of leadership in community and technical colleges.

Ph.D. option

To qualify for this highly competitive option, applicants must have a research oriented career goal and must demonstrate their ability to contribute to a faculty member's research activities.

Work directly with Joe Johnson to be considered for the Ph.D. track. Contact Joe at 541-737-3574 or email joe.johnson@oregonstate.edu to obtain the latest requirements and availability for the Ph.D. option.

This is not a teacher licensure program

In compliance with an agreement with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Oregon State University provides information regarding professional licensure through distance education. The courses and programs, delivered online by OSU Ecampus, are not formally approved for professional licensure outside of the state of Oregon.

To determine whether these courses or programs meet licensure requirements in your state, you must contact the appropriate licensing board(s). Visit our license disclosure webpage for each state's contact information.


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