Community College & University Leadership (455G)

The purpose of the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) concentration in Community College & University Leadership (CCUL) is to prepare persons for upper-level administration and leadership positions in colleges and universities. The program integrates theory and practice to enable graduates to address the diverse and complex demands of leadership in today's rapidly changing educational environments, to prepare for a doctoral program, and to advance their careers.

Location/ Delivery 

The Community College & University Leadership concentration is offered off-campus only through App State Online 

  • Students in the Ed.S. concentration enroll as part of a cohort and take classes together over the course of the program. 
  • Students should expect two courses per term, including summer. Each course will have a synchronous meeting one evening per week.  

Current Cohorts 

At this time, cohorts for our online Ed.S. are only started in fall semesters. 

Concentration Requirements

The Ed.S. degree in Higher Education requires coursework totaling 30 credit hours. The following courses are required for the concentration in Community College & University Leadership.

The Following Requirements are for the students who enrolled prior to Fall 2020 


  • HE 6040: Readings in Postsecondary Education
  • HE 6320: Institutional Effectiveness
  • HE 6330: Organizing for Learning and Diversity
  • RES 6000: Advanced Research Methods, Design and Application


  • HE 6340: Policy Analysis
  • HE 6350: Leading Organizational Change in HE
  • HE 6360: Organizational Analysis in HE
  • HE 6840: Personnel Policy & Practice in HE
  • 2 Electives (one of which will be HE 6310- Current Issues in Postsecondary Education)

Other requirements for completion of the degree include:

  • An Admission to Candidacy form will be completed by the program faculty. 
  • Written Comprehensive Exam: Student must successfully complete a take-home written comprehensive examination.

Education Specialist to Doctorate Advantage

Through another of its graduate programs, App State offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership. This is a terminal degree for leaders in both K-12 and postsecondary settings. In the summer of 2014, an articulation agreement was reached between the Higher Education Graduate Program and the Educational Leadership Program to allow up to 30 hours from the EDS-CCUL concentration to transfer into the doctoral program.

Applying to the Program 

Individuals interested in applying to our program can find admissions requirements here, our current deadlines are listed below: 

  • Fall Term: February 1 (priority deadline), July 1 (final deadline)

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