The doctoral concentration in Community College Leadership for Change addresses the most current issues in community colleges and builds students’ knowledge and skills as scholar-practitioners. It allows students to position themselves as credentialed community college leaders based on the AACC leadership competencies.

The concentration is rooted in Fielding’s core values of reflective practice, scholarship, diversity, ethical conduct, social and economic justice, and collaboration to guide theory and practice. The goals of the Community College Leadership concentration are to prepare professionals of competence, conscience, and compassion, and to promote the common good as our students and alumni transform lives, colleges and communities.

AACC_Core_Competencies_web_Page_01Program Objectives:

  • Implement the leadership competencies as set by AACC.
  • Prepare professionals to work with those who have a variety of strengths, experiences, and challenges—those with diverse background and those in greatest need.
  • Engage in critical reflection and develop positive habits of mind.
  • Demonstrate mastery-level knowledge and skills in teaching, learning, and leadership.
  • Educate leaders sensitive to the ethical and social consequences of their decisions.
  • Promote social and economic justice in all programs and coursework.

Why Community College Leadership for Change?

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) expects a large turnover in leadership positions at community colleges. According to the American School Boards Association, 51% of Boards of Education at the community college level prefer hiring leaders with advanced degrees. With the Community College Leadership for Change concentration, you can focus your EdD on preparing for 21st century leadership roles in the unique community college environment.

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