Community colleges are one of the fastest growing segments in higher education today. A national emphasis on the role of community colleges and the drain of community college administrators, due to retirements, means that you, as an educator, may be standing at the door of opportunity.

Designed to meet the professional needs of community college administrators, faculty, staff, and those who seek such positions, Ball State’s graduate certificate in community college leadership is one of only a few offered in the United States.

Some features of our program include:

  • A low student-to-faculty ratio means you get personal attention and valuable mentoring
  • Several electives allow you to customize the certificate to your educational and career goals 
  • Taught by graduate faculty within our nationally recognized Teachers College
Some but not all of the courses in the certificate can be taken online. The remaining courses, as well as some of the elective courses, are offered only on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana. You will work with the program advisor to choose the courses that are best for you.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Amanda O. Latz, Director of the Certificate in Community College Leadership 
Department of Educational Studies

Related Degree Programs

If you like the courses in the certificate program, they can serve as a gateway to a full degree program. For instance, we offer:

Course Requirements

To earn a 15-credit graduate certificate in community college leadership, you will need to take the courses outlined below. For a complete list of program requirements and courses, see the course catalog.

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  • EDCC 640 The Community College (3 credits)
  • EDAC 634 The Adult Learner (3 credits)
  • EDCC 698 Community College Leadership Seminar (3 credits)

Select 2 from the following:

  • EDCC 641 Community College and Diversity (3 credits)
  • EDAC 635 Strategies for Teaching Adults (3 credits)
  • EDAC 648 The Community Educator (3 credits)
  • EDAC 681 Managing Community Education (3 credits)
  • EDHI 609 Preparing for the Professoriate Teaching in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • EDHI 611 Teaching and Curriculum Issues in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • EDHI 613 Administration and Finance in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • EDHI 675 Legal Issues (3 credits)
  • EDST 697 The Grant Process and Research (3 credits)
  • EDAC 699 Internship in Adult and Community Education (3 credits)
  • EDHI 699 Internship in Higher Education (3 credits)

Or, an equivalent course to be determined with your advisor

You will need to earn an overall GPA of 3.0 in the program to earn this certificate. Plus, no course with a grade below 2.0 can be counted toward the certificate.

Your official Ball State transcript will contain a listing of the courses taken in this program and a special designation that the certificate program has been successfully completed. You will also receive a printed certificate acknowledging your completion of the program. 

As you are working on your certificate, if you should decide to pursue a full degree program at Ball State, you can apply these courses to a master's or doctoral degree upon receiving approval by your department.


Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in our program? Then it’s time to apply!

You do not need to take the GRE to be considered for admission.

You may begin taking courses for this program in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. The deadline to apply is two weeks before the start of the term.

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