Program Requirements

Institutions in the state of Missouri, and across the nation, have come to recognize the growing demand for community college leadership and administrator preparation in the coming decades.  This 18 credit hour graduate certificate program will provide opportunities for candidates to gain knowledge, skills, and competencies essential to their career and professional development as leaders in higher education settings, specifically in community colleges, in a convenient yet rigorous online environment. 

This online certificate program is designed to incorporate skills and competencies put forth by the American Association for Community Colleges (AACC), including a focus on: organizational strategy, resource management, communication, collaboration, community college advocacy, and professionalism.   The certificate can be completed either in conjunction with a graduate degree program or as a free-standing credential. This program is a collaborative effort between the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) School of Education and the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) College of Education. 

Requirements for Admission

Applicants for this certificate program must have:

  • A completed application for admission
  •  An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Two letters of recommendation

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Have a thorough grounding of higher education/student affairs as a field of study.
  • Understand organizational, management, leadership and supervision theories and issues.
  • Understand developmental theories as they relate to college students.
  • Understand professional requirements and ethics of the field.
  • Develop self-awareness.
  • Develop multicultural competencies.
  • Improve communication skill.
  • Develop skills to use technology to enhance the educational experience.
  • Develop the ability to analyze and interpret current research in the field.
  • Increase skills to apply research.
  • Improve ability to integrate and synthesize information.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum reflects consideration of the current issues and needs of society, of higher education, and of the student populations served by community colleges and other 2 year institutions. 

Required Core Courses
HigherEd 6430: The Community College 13
HigherEd 6431: Community College Leadership 13
EDUC-UL 5559Current Issues In Community Colleges 23
EDUC-UL 5553Supervision and Management of People 23
Internship Requirement
Select one of the following:1-10
Internship In Higher Education 2
HigherEd 6900: Inernschip 11-10
EDUC-UL XXXXElective 33

Taught online by UMSL Faculty.


Taught by UMSL.


Can be taken from either institution or an approved elective from the student’s home institution.

Requirements for Retention

Program candidates must maintain a minimum grade of “B” in all classes or a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 Scale. 

Time Limit for Completion

The program can be completed in four semesters; however, students must complete the program in three years or less.