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Program Overview

Institutions in the state of Missouri, and across the nation, have come to recognize the growing demand for community college leadership and administrator preparation now and in the coming decades. The Graduate Certificate in Community College Leadership is an 18 credit hour program designed to provide opportunities for students to gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies essential to career and professional development as a leader in higher education settings, specifically in community colleges.


The certificate program will allow participating candidates to develop skills and knowledge through completing the 18 hour curriculum outlined in the following section:

HIGHERED 6430 The Community College (Taught by UMSL Faculty - Entry Level course) 3
HIGHERED 6431 Community College Leadership (Taught by UMSL Faculty ) 3
EDUL 5559 Current Issues in the Community College (Taught by UMKC Faculty) 3
EDUL 5553 Supervising and Managing People (Taught by UMKC Faculty) 3
Elective 3
HIGHERED 6900 Internship 3
Total Hours 18

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What UMSL Education has to offer

UMSL’s College of Education is a hub of innovation, where diverse scholars, practitioners and education-focused entrepreneurs converge to problem solve, incubate and develop ideas and modes of practice that propel the entire field of education forward. The college provides a plethora of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs that prepare and sustain culturally competent, dedicated and highly trained teachers for a variety of traditional and non-traditional educational settings. The college also prepares administrators, counselors, school psychologists, behavior analysts, educational scholars and entrepreneurs. One of the state of Missouri’s largest prepares of educators, the college is consistently recognized for its excellence in teacher preparation. Its innovative Studio School model – which has the college partnering with more than 30 local schools – allows for collaborative practicum experiences that enrich future teacher’s learning while also strengthening the St. Louis region as a whole. 

Regularly available for student guidance and support, the College of Education's Office of Advising and Student Services (OASIS) offers students an unmatched resource for the planning, development and execution of their degree or degrees in education.

By partnering with a vast array of educational, business and community resources, the College of Education provides opportunities for students to develop professional connections for improving their careers as well as their communities. Graduates find jobs not only in schools, but in museums, zoos, nonprofit youth serving organizations, businesses, government agencies, national education organizations and art foundations.

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