Community College Leadership Education – Doctorate
Work as a leader in community colleges, state departments of education, or a variety of other educational agencies. This program is designed to prepare you to be a transformational, equity-focused community college leader.
The School of Education at Iowa State University prepares you to engage with critical issues in P-20 education through the growth of skills and knowledge in assessment and research, student development, equity, belonging, and administrative leadership. Become a part of Iowa State University’s rich tradition of preparing scholars and leaders in the field of higher education.
This program is designed to prepare transformational, equity-focused community college leaders. Students who complete the program are prepared to work as leaders in community colleges, state departments of education, and a variety of other educational agencies.
This degree is designed to be completed in three years. Students may be eligible to apply for Iowa Superintendent/AEA Chief licensure after two years, completion of 30 credit hours of required coursework and required 400 hours of clinical fieldwork.
Iowa State University’s Ed.D. program is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). The 54-hour curriculum culminates in a dissertation in practice that is focused on “a persistent, contextualized, and specific issue embedded in the work of a professional practitioner, the addressing of which has the potential to result in improved understanding, experience, and outcomes” (CPED, 2020).
In addition to specialization specific coursework, students complete a core curriculum to develop understanding of the scope, substance, and inter-relationship of the P-20 schooling continuum. The program’s cohort model aims to stimulate a shared learning experience among candidates, foster the development of professional networks, and encourage dialogue among emerging leaders across the educational system.
Graduate College Requirements:
- 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
- Academic Records/Transcripts
- Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
- Proof of English Proficiency
For specific program requirements, visit the Graduate College website.
The program is a total of 54 credits. Because the program is designed as a cohesive, cohort-based experience with a planned curriculum, no transfer credits are accepted.
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