Why ODU for a community college leadership certificate?

Our community college leadership program has a strong reputation for its combination of academic rigor and executive-level leadership preparation. We've designed our courses target, build, and reinforce core competencies identified by the American Association for Community Colleges (AACC).

You'll study community college issues and applied problem solving with courses in:

  • institutional finance, fundraising, and resource management
  • community college politics, policy, and advocacy
  • curriculum, program development and quality assurance
  • leadership and organizational strategy

You will also complete an internship for hands-on leadership experience at a community college.

All credits earned in this certificate program are "stackable" and can apply towards our Ph.D. program in Community College Leadership.

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Required Courses

  • 15 credit hours, including an internship

The internship typically takes place over the summer.

Online Learning Environment

Attend class online on a regular schedule and access course materials online from any location. Most courses meet once a week in the evening. This program requires an internship/experiential learning course. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Who should take this certificate?

  • Emerging leaders in community college administration
  • Administrators who have recently transitioned to a community college from careers in other industries

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$547 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2019 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

To take this certificate, you must be accepted into ODU as a non-degree graduate student.

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You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program. Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.