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If you are interested in implementing education programs outside the traditional school/classroom structure, this major is for you! This program will prepare you to facilitate educational programming for your and adult learners within communities and organizations. You will also learn to serve as an effective leader, creating connections between community members and leaders/decision-makers.

The Bachelor of Science in Leadership for Community Education and Human Learning degree offers curriculum designed to prepare students to become effective leaders in implementing educational programs within community contexts. This includes individuals seeking a professional career in educational programming for youth and adult learners within communities and organizations outside of the traditional school and classroom structure.

*This major does not lead to teacher certification.


Why You Should Enroll

  • You will learn from hands-on, engaged curriculum.
  • You will have high career flexibility and accessibility.
  • You will be taught by research leaders in the field.
  • You will experience a diverse community with many opportunities to get involved.



Educators in Industry (For-Profit)
  • HR Curriculum Designer
  • Career Counselor
  • Foundation Director
  • Education Industry Sales
  • Education-Centered Entrepreneurship
Educational Outreach (Not-for Profit)
  • Non-Profit Director
  • Museum Educator
  • Camp Director
  • Afterschool Program Coordinator
  • Senior Center Director
  • YMCA Coordinator
Government Programs
  • Parks & Recreation Director
  • Agency Educational Outreach
  • Government Program Educator
  • Housing Authority Leader
Community Programs
  • Civic Government Leader
  • School Internship Coordinator
  • Religious Education Programs
  • Housing Authority Leader


Program Details

Delivery Method: On-Campus with some online courses available

Credit Hours: 120

Tuition Cost: Refer to Part-time per Credit Hour Rates for Graduate Students on the UK Tuition and Mandatory Fees page.

Refund Policies: You can find tuition refund policies, deadlines, amounts, and other important information on the UK Student Account Services website.

Completer Option: The target audience includes undergraduate Education majors that have completed general education requirements but do not wish to complete the Teacher Education Preparation (TEP) Programs, as well as non-traditional students that desire a 2-year completer degree to support matriculation from KCTCS programs..


Curriculum Guide

Listed here are the required Leadership for Community Education and Human Learning major courses. For full program details see the most current Major Sheet for Leadership for Community Education and Human Learning in the University Bulletin.

Course Number Course Title Credits
EDL 250 Leadership for Community Education and Learning 2
EDL 402 Principles of Leadership 3
EDL 403 Leadership & Communication 3
EDL 404 Contemporary Leadership Applications 3
CLD 478 Entrepreneurial Programming in Community Education 3
CLD 479 Instructional Approaches in Community Education 3
EDL 350 Foundations of Community Education 3
EDP 202 Human Development and Learning 3
EDL 375 Career Exploration in Leadership for Community Education & Learning 3
EDL 475 Senior Seminar in Leadership for Community Education & Learning 3
EDL 480 Professional Internship in Leadership for Community Education & Learning 3
Total Major Hours   32


UK Core Hours: 31

LCE Major Hours: 32

LCE Guided Elective Hours: 12

Free Elective Hours: 45

120 Total Hours

UK Community Innovation Lab

Students have the ability to interact with the multi-disciplinary Community Innovation Lab that partners with businesses, government, and community organizations to pioneer social change in an effort to tackle society’s most complex social problems.


Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have regarding this program. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Jenna Demastes

Director of Recruitment



Kristina Hains

Associate Professor & Extension Leadership Development Specialist