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San Diego State University

Community College Leadership programs

EdD concentration in Community College Leadership


SDSU's EdD program concentration in Community College Leadership (CCLEAD) is widely regarded as one of the top programs in the nation.

CCLEAD develops leaders who are equity oriented, use inquiry to understand the inherent complexities of eductional systems, and maintain institutional responsibility for critical issues facing America's community colleges.

Unique Features Designed for Professionals

  • Designed for completion in 36 months (coursework and dissertation) 
  • Classes meet once a month (Fall and Spring) and two-week (summer)
  • Cohort model serving with 12-15 students per cohort
  • Imbedded dissertation writing support throughout the coursework
  • Scholar-practitioner model with instruction from leading community college researchers and practitioners


The EdD program for Community College and Post-Secondary professionals at SDSU is a significant resource for those who aspire to lead our colleges.  It has a track record of successfully preparing students to move into responsible leadership positions, and it has become one of the most important community college leadership programs in the nation. Students have the opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the most important higher education leaders and policy makers in the country while studying current issues and developing critical leadership competencies under the guidance of experienced faculty members. 

George Boggs, PhD - SDSU Faculty Member & President Emeritus, American Association of Community Colleges 

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EdD Program Graduates


"The SDSU Ed.D. program strengthened my role as a practitioner-scholar and reinvigorated my commitment to student access, success and equity…allowing me to lead with passion and purpose"


Julianna Barnes, EdD


Cuyamaca College

2010 CCLEAD Graduate