The CCLEAD Ed.D. program can be completed in 60 semester units of coursework, including dissertation units. All students take classes together as a participating member of a learning community. As members of the learning community, students are expected to learn from colleagues, teach, and assist colleagues, and provide and receive support from them.

The program coursework is divided into four general areas, including classes in leadership (12 units), inquiry (12 units), community college core (18 units), and research and writing core (6 units). The remaining units are focused on students' doctoral dissertations (9-12 units).

Area Course
Leadership Core

ED 815: Re-Thinking Leadership

ED 840: Educational Leadership in a Diverse Society

ED 855: Educational Leadership for Developing Educational Systems

ED 860: Seminar in Leadership and Educational Change 

Inquiry Core

ED 850: Seminar in Quantitative Methods and Inquiry

ED 851: Seminar in Qualitative Methods of Inquiry

ED 852/853: Advanced Research Methods Quantitative or Qualitative

ED 885: Seminar in Educational Program Planning and Evaluation    

Community College Core

ARP 827: Emerging Issues in Postsecondary Education

ARP 801: Community College Development and History

ARP 810: Community College Law and Finance 

ARP 812: Budget and Resource Management in Community Colleges

ARP 813: Strategic Planning and Organizational Development 

ED 895: Community College Student Affairs

Research and Writing Core

ED 836a: Literature Meta-Synthesis

ED 836b: Conceptual and Theoretical Perspectives

ED 836c: Methods of Inquiry

Dissertation Core

ED 899: Doctoral Dissertation