2020-2021 Catalog 
    Jul 17, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Catholic Educational Leadership, MA

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The courses offered by the Catholic Educational Leadership (CEL) program, in collaboration with the McGrath Institute for Jesuit Catholic Education (MIJCE), seek to meet the specific needs of students who are preparing to serve the Catholic educational community, K-grades through graduate school, as teachers, administrators, or auxiliary personnel. Course content includes the dimension of “call, covenant, and mission.”

For more information about the Catholic Educational Leadership program, please visit the MIJCE pages.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to communicate the vision, mission, and values of Catholic education to the various stakeholders of their schools.
  • Students will engage self and others in spiritual discernment and the process of reflection and personal faith development.
  • Students will be able to develop and evaluate school wide improvement plans rooted in current research and best practices in Catholic education that reflect transformational leadership with a personal and professional commitment to liberation, equity and inclusion.
  • Students will apply Gospel values with their school communities, demonstrate a knowledge of Catholic social teaching and the promotion of justice, and will integrate cura personalis (care for the person) in their relationships with stakeholders.
  • As leaders in Catholic institutions students will be able to engage current political and social reality as a core text.  Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of strategies for acting in solidarity with communities locally and globally, especially historically marginalized groups. 

Major Requirements (30 units)

Electives (12 units)

Students are allowed 12 units of electives taken either among those in the Catholic Educational Leadership program or those offered by other master’s degree programs in the School of Education.


The candidate and the faculty advisor on the basis of the student’s academic and professional background and career interests plan each student’s schedule of coursework jointly. To enhance their programs, students may select 6 units of electives from courses offered within other programs in the School of Education. A culminating project, required of all master’s students, is designed to stimulate students to synthesize knowledge and skills gained from the program’s core areas, as well as from the elective program.

Supplementary Admission Requirements for Catholic Educational Leadership Students

In addition to the admission prerequisites to the School of Education, CEL applicants (M.A. or Ed.D.) are required to submit the following:

  • Evidence of three years minimum Catholic school teaching experience at the elementary, secondary, or collegiate level. In addition to the two School of Education form letters of recommendation, two letters testifying to commitment to ministry in Catholic education

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