Graduate Certificate in Community College Leadership 

(Offered by Old Dominion University)


This 15-credit online Graduate Certificate in Community College Leadership is designed for emerging leaders in community college administration or administrators who have recently transitioned to a community college from careers in other industries. Students take live, video courses via ODUOnline in the fall and spring, then participate in an internship over the summer.


The certificate program targets, builds, and reinforces core competencies identified by the American Association for Community Colleges (AACC). It combines academic rigor with executive-level leadership preparation with courses in:

  • institutional finance, fundraising, and resource management
  • community college politics, policy, and advocacy
  • curriculum, program development and quality assurance
  • leadership and organizational strategy

You will also complete an internship for hands-on leadership experience at a community college.


Length of Program:

The program typically takes 1-year (2 courses in fall/spring, plus summer internship) or about 2-years (1 course in fall/spring, plus summer internship).

For more information on program and application process:

Contact Old Dominion University at or (757) 683-4118 to ask questions about the certificate program.