Mississippi State University

Course Descriptions

Required Courses: Community College Leadership (Minimum of 24 Credit Hours)

CCL 8113 - History and Philosophy of the Community College - Three hours lecture. Objectives of the community college, philosophical/historical bases, changing roles, issues in higher education/workforce development/economic industry.

CCL 8373 – Community College Curriculum Improvement – Three hours lecture. Comprehensive overview of community college curriculum improvement; theory and perspectives, contemporary curriculum, curriculum design and assessment, and curricular innovation.

CCL 8363 – Community College Activities Administration – Three hours lecture. Nature and types of community college activities, understanding and managing today’s students, legal aspects, and relation to the community college mission, organization, and academe.

CCL 8123 – Community College Finance and Budgeting - Three hours lecture. Analyzes tools, methods, problems in community college financial management, revenue sources, budget preparation, risk management, purchasing, employee compensation.

CCL 8233 – Community College Legal Issues - Three hours lecture. In-depth analysis of the legal/policy issues pertaining to students, faculty, and administrators of community colleges.

CCL 8283 – Leadership in Community College Administration - Three hours lecture. Nature and types of leadership and foundation theories. Uses of theory in administrative problem solving by applying models to community college mission, organization, and academe.

EDA 8323 – Educational Facilities Design - Three hours lecture. Studies design issues in learning environments/facilities, examines contemporary design models, their impact on learning, and uses this information in the design process.

CCL 8333 – Community College Administration – Three hours lecture. In-depth analysis of community college governance, structure, functions, and its relationship with external groups, state government.

CCL 8353 – Applications of Organizational Theory and Behavior in Community College Leadership - Three hours lecture. Nature and types of community college leadership and foundation theories for understanding and managing modern organizations in relation to community college mission, organization, and academe.

CCL 8383 – Ethical Decision Making in Community College Administration - Three hours lecture. Ancient, modern, and postmodern ethical theory. Case studies used to analyze ethical decisions. Multiple decision models and ethical concepts applied to problems and moral dilemmas.

Required Interdisciplinary Courses (Minimum of 18 Credit Hours)

AEC 8713 – Rural Community & Economic Development - (Prerequisite: AEC 6323). Three hours lecture. The central focus in this course is on the set of social and economic components that constitute the fabric of rural communities in the U.S.

AEC 6353 – Introduction to Regional Economic Development - Three hours lecture. Regional economic differences; location theory (industrial, agricultural, and residential); Land use patterns; Regional structure, growth and methods of analysis; National assistance for regional economic development. (Same as EC 6313)

AEC 6323 – Applied Regional Economics - (Prerequisite: AEC 6353). Economic analysis and effects of regional resources and development potentials, economic factors affecting industrial location decisions, planning and organization of industrial development.

PPA 9613 – Rural Government Administration I - (Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor). A seminar dealing with the principles of democratic theory as they affect the role of government and citizens' participation in government in rural settings.

PPA 9623 – Rural Government Administration II - (Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor). A seminar dealing with program implementation by rural and small town governments, including adoption and diffusion of management innovation by public administrators as change agents.

PPA 8733 – Public Program Evaluation - Techniques and analytical methods of assessing governmental program success. Special emphasis will be given to program designs, data collection and quantitative applications.

Required Applied Research Course (Minimum of 14 Credit Hours)

EDF 9373 - Educational Research Design - (Prerequisites: EDF 8363 and EPY 8214 or equivalents; consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. A study of various designs of research and preparation of research proposals.

EDF 9453 – Introduction to Qualitative Research - (Prerequisites: EPY 8214, EDF 9373). Three hours lecture. Introduction to qualitative research, including theoretical considerations and applied methods, techniques, and analysis of field-based educational research.

EPY 6214 - Educational & Psychological Statistics - Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. A course in statistics for education and educational psychology majors. Analysis, description of and inference from various types of data.

EPY 8214 - Advanced Educational & Psychological Statistics(Prerequisite: EPY 4214/6214 or its equivalent.) Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. A survey of advanced statistical methods with emphasis upon the design and analysis of research problems in education and psychology.

In addition to successfully completing at least four applied research courses, students are expected to demonstrate competency in research skills in one of two ways: (a) submit a research paper to a peer reviewed journal, or (b) present a research paper at an annual meeting of a regional or national association conference/meeting.

Required Dissertation Research (Minimum of 20 Credit Hours)

CCL 9000 – Dissertation Research (20 Credit Hours) *
Dissertation hours must not be taken until successful completion of the Doctoral Written and Oral Preliminary exam.

Optional Additional Course: Internship (Minimum of 3-6 Credit Hours)

CCL 8210 – Internship. Provides experience in community college leadership and is conducted at a local community college under supervision of an administrator serving as the student's mentor.