Community College Leadership


The Ed.D. in Community College Leadership is designed to prepare educators to take on the roles in areas such as senior administration, faculty leadership, student affairs, or business and human resource administration in the community college setting. The curriculum is designed to develop socially- and globally-aware community college leaders who can appropriately respond, understand, and contribute to the rapidly changing world of community colleges and lead those institutions toward excellence. Courses build leadership skills and knowledge in such areas as the role and scope of community colleges, higher education law and policy, ethical decision making, policy and governance, research methods, and resource optimization.

Program Information


Our coursework anticipates your schedules and is designed to be completed in 3 years. Courses build skills in strategic planning, collaborative problem solving, ethical decision making, technological proficiency, and leadership development. See a typical coursework schedule.

Learning Objectives

Our program grows professionals, leaders, practitioners, thinkers and agents of change.  Read more about our Learning Objectives.


Priority Application:  Students who apply by February 1st will receive an admissions decision within three weeks.  This allows students to make informed decisions when considering the Cal State Fullerton program and other doctoral programs that begin at the beginning of the summer.

Rolling Admission:  Because Cal State Fullerton’s program does not begin until the fall, rolling admissions are offered to students who apply after February 1st and as late as May 31st.  For students who apply during this period, decisions are typically provided within two weeks of the final interview.

How to Get Started

Apply Now

Visit our Apply Now page for a full walk-through of our application process, and to download all documents and forms.

Priority deadline for admissions to the program is February 1st with rolling admissions thereafter.

Attend an Information Session

Download our Information Session Powerpoint Here. We highly encourage all those who are interested to attend our upcoming Information Sessions on any of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 4-5PM in College Park (CP) Suite 500
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 5-6PM in College Park (CP) Suite 500
  • Monday, December 4, 2017 from 6-7PM in College Park (CP) Suite 500

These Information Sessions will be about our Doctoral Programs in P-12 Leadership and Community College Leadership.

Please Note:  Visitors must purchase a parking permit Monday through Friday. For direction and parking information, please visit parking and transportation. Parking is Free on Saturdays in the College Park (CP) Lot.

Contact Us

Please fill out the interest form below, so we can contact you and keep you updated!

For more information about the program, information sessions, or campus visits, contact us at: | 657-278-4023. We also highly encourage you to submit our online Interest Form.

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Page updated: September 14, 2017