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College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration

300 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2012


The Community College Leadership certificate is designed to prepare and enhance the skills of administrators, staff, and faculty in community colleges and regional campuses to meet the leadership challenges posed by social, political, and economic changes. The program provides knowledge and skills development in the areas of administration; curriculum; contemporary issues; student development and learning; community college purpose and roles; and workforce, economic and community development. This certificate is offered 100 percent online and is designed in alignment with the competencies for community college leaders established by the American Association of Community Colleges.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have a Bachelor's degree; master's degree preferred and an undergraduate GPA of 3.000 or greater (any post-baccalaureate work will be taken into consideration when interpreting GPA). Applicant must meet the Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel program application criteria: official transcript(s), personal goal statement, two letters of recommendation and resume or vita.

Currently enrolled Kent State University graduate students should email the Office of Graduate Studies,, so that the office can view any materials on file (personal statement, transcripts, resume or vita and letters of recommendation).

Course Title Credits
HIED 66492 Internship in Higher Education Administration 1 3
HIED 66653 College Student Development 3
HIED 66658 The Community College 3
HIED 66677 Workforce, Economic and Community Development in Community Colleges 3
HIED 66678 Issues and Trends in Community College Administration 3
  1. Students must have completed at least six hours in the certificate program before applying for an internship. Internships must be at community colleges or regional/extended campuses. With advisor approval this requirement can be substituted with one additional elective course. Elective with HIED 6/76492 waiver may include HIED 6/76656 Higher Education Curriculum (3 credit hours). Additional 3 credit hour elective course as approved by certificate advisor.