Community College Certificate Program

The purpose of this professional graduate certificate program is to support the preparation of entry level professionals and career changers to assume roles that support student learning and development, both in and outside of the classroom, at the community college. Certificate recipients will be better equipped to negotiate the multiple missions and functions of the community college and the diversity of learners served.  Mentorship and networking are valuable aspects of this option. Courses are taught by community college/higher education leaders.

Program information

The CC Certificate Program* is designed for MSHE students who desire a career in the community college system.  *Note that a certificate is not a requirement to work in the community colleges.

In addition to the MSHE degree requirements, students need to complete the following: 

  • EDAD 520 – History and Function of Community College: This course is generally offered in the spring semester. Meetings occur Friday evening and all day on Saturday over four weekends during the spring semester.
  • EDAD 568 – Choose the community colleges for one semester of your field work experiences. 

Other CSUF Grad Students

This certificate program is also available to current CSUF graduate students studying in other departments. Complete requirements are listed in the University CatalogOpens in new window (search "Community College Certificate").

Interested students must contact the Department of Educational Leadership to discuss how this program might work in their particular course of study and career goals. Please reach out to us via email at or by phone at (657) 278-4023.