Community College Leadership Education – Doctorate

Community College Leadership

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.

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).

This program is designed to be a cohort based model, completed in three years. 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.

Admissions Requirements

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.