Doctoral Program

Community College Leadership Cohort


The mission of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is to create a network of school and college administrators prepared to effect profound change in teaching and learning that leads to improved student achievement.

Fall 2022/Spring 2023 Information Session

We invite you to attend an information session to explore the exciting opportunities in the Community College Leadership Cohort. We will discuss the potential growth for you as an educator professional, learn about the program’s curricular sequence and academic milestones, go over fees and financial aid, learn more about program faculty, meet the program director, Dr. Nathan Durdella, and answer all your questions about the application. Please register for one of the dates listed:

  • Monday, 9/19 at 5pm. Click here to register.
  • Monday, 10/17 at 5pm. Click here to register.
  • Monday, 3/6 at 5pm. Click here to register.
  • Monday, 4/3 at 5pm. Click here to register. 

Courses Requirements and Sequence

The program requires 60 units of coursework to be completed over three full years.

Program of Study for Community College Leadership Cohort

ELPS 700The Art of Collaborative Leadership (3)
ELPS 705Organizational Complexity and Change (3)
ELPS 710Curricular and Instructional Leadership for Systemic Reform (6)
ELPS 715Leading Change through Cultural Competence (3)
ELPS 720Postsecondary Finance/Enrollment Management (3)
ELPS 725Instructional Assessment and Program Evaluation (3)
ELPS 735Law and Policy in Postsecondary Education
ELPS 740Entrepreneurship in Education (3)
ELPS 745The Science of Administration (3)
ELPS 750The Ethical Dimensions of Leadership (3)
ELPS 755Human Relations in Educational Organizations (3)
ELPS 760Field-based Inquiry I (3)
ELPS 770Applied Quantitative Inquiry I (3)
ELPS 775Applied Quantitative Inquiry II* (3)
ELPS 780Applied Qualitative Inquiry I (3)
ELPS 785Applied Qualitative Inquiry II* (3)
ELPS 789Dissertation Seminar (12)


Year One (18 units)FallSpringSummer
 ELPS 700ELPS 705ELPS 710
 ELPS 780ELPS 770 
Year Two (27 units)FallSpringSummer
 ELPS 715ELPS 725ELPS 720
 ELPS 760ELPS 735ELPS 745
 *ELPS 775 or 785ELPS 789ELPS 789
 ELPS 789  
Year Three (15 units)FallSpringSummer
 ELPS 740ELPS 755ELPS 750
 ELPS 789ELPS 789ELPS 789

Program Benchmarks:

Identify Dissertation Chair
Identify Dissertation Committee Members
Qualifying Exam
Dissertation Proposal Defense
Final Dissertation Defense


End of Spring Year One
Fall Year Two
Spring Year Two
Spring/Summer Year Two
Summer Year Three