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 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.

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.

CCL 8153 Human Resources - Examines the role of the human resources administrator on workforce education leadership; key administrative functions, workforce development, benefits and compensation, and employee relations are analyzed.

CCL 8343 Community Development and Resources - In-depth analysis of community environment in which community colleges serve, including strategic planning, asset mapping, project development, resources and grant writing, and project evaluation

Required Interdisciplinary Courses (Minimum of 18 Credit Hours)

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.

HED 8673 Planning and Instit Research in Higher Ed - Three hours lecture. An overview of planning models and approaches, effective reporting techniques, and common functions carried out by institutional research offices. Focus is on concepts, methodologies, research practices, and information systems that support institutional decision-making for improvements.

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)