Community College Leadership

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
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Educators and administrators who want to lead at the community college level must be familiar with organizational leadership as it pertains to legal issues, finance and program development. The Community College Leadership post-baccalaureate certificate will give you the opportunity to examine the complexities of higher education, especially in a community college setting. You will also explore practical application of higher education and leadership theories, and develop an understanding of community college curriculum, program development and assessment.

Basis of Admissions

A completed bachelor’s level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university is required. Credit hours from another university or institution cannot be transferred towards a post-baccalaureate certificate program.

Post-baccalaureate certificates transfer into a master’s degree sequence.

Completion Period for Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

Northcentral allows 2 years to complete all post-baccalaureate certificate programs. Post-baccalaureate certificate courses in the School of Education are eight weeks in length.

Certificate Courses - 12 credit hours

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Course Description


A History of Higher Education

In this course, students are introduced to the historical origins of higher education in the United States. Significant periods in the development of higher education in this country are covered, as well as the evolution into today’s contemporary and complex system of higher education. Topics include: education models, progressive movements, federal higher education acts, community colleges, access, diversity and opportunity.


Topics in Higher Education

This course explores areas of interest in higher education. Often these areas are new topics of special interest to higher education. At times, areas of higher education that are receiving attention nationally will be highlighted through this course.  Students will work with faculty to create a self-directed study plan on a topic appropriate for master's-level study.


Leadership in Higher Education

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the nuances of higher education leadership and theory. Emphasis will be given to the practical application of higher education leadership theories in the academic and administrative roles of an institution of higher education.


The Community College

This course provides a general and introductory understanding of curricular issues in a community college setting. Students will explore issues related to the community college curriculum relative to program development and management as well as assessment.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Education's post-baccalaureate certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $628
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,884
  • Program cost: $7,886
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors.For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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