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Program Requirements for Ed.D. in Community College Leadership


  • 60 credit hours.
  • Designed to be completed in three years.
  • Program begins in June with a one-week long intensive course held at NIU Naperville.
  • Students will take two eight-week courses per semester in Fall and Spring.
  • The program culminates in a Dissertation of Practice that takes an innovative action-based approach to research.
Course Rotation
Summer Fall  Spring
Year 1

CAHE 770:  The Administration of Higher Edcation

CAHE 503:  U.S. College Students

CAHE 772:  Financing of Higher Education

ETR 519:  Applied Educational Research

CAHA 555:  Seminar in Community Colleges

ETR 521:  Educational Statistics I

Year 2

CAHE 710:  Strategic Decision Making & Organizational Change

CAHA 740:  Pedagogical Revolutions & Student Learning

CAHA 570:  Organization, Personnel Management and Academic Administration

ETR 790:  Community-Base and Participatory Action Research

CAHE 704: Strategic Marketing and Enrollment Management in Higher Education

ERT 531:  Program Evaluation in Education

Year 3

CAHA 575:  Public Policy in Higher Education

CAHA 721:  Applied Research Design

CAHA 799:  Dissertation of Practice

CAHE 771:  Legal Aspects in Higher Education

CAHA 799:  Dissertation of Practice

If you have questions regarding NIU's Ed.D. in Community College Leadership, please contact:

Danae Miesbauer
NIU Academic Counselor
Phone: (815) 753-1306
dmiesbauer@niu.edu