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2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Catholic Educational Leadership, EdD

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The program leading to the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Catholic Educational Leadership prepares its students for effective leadership in Catholic education. The curriculum is designed to allow students the opportunity to explore additional areas of interest, such as Learning and Instruction, International and Multicultural Education, Organization and Leadership, and Technology.

The doctoral program consists of 60 units beyond the master’s degree and culminates in the completion of a doctoral dissertation.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to communicate the vision, mission and values of Catholic education to the various stakeholders of Catholic education including the research community.
  • Students will evaluate current research in Catholic education and develop projects of inquiry that reflect transformational leadership with a personal and professional commitment to liberation, equity, and inclusion.
  • Students will apply Gospel values to their research epistemologies and demonstrate a knowledge of Catholic social teaching and the promotion of justice as part of their theoretical frameworks.
  • As leaders in Catholic institutions students will research current political and social reality as a core text.  Students will develop inquiry projects based on research and praxis that acts in solidarity with communities locally and globally, especially historically marginalized groups.

Major Requirements (60 units)

Catholic Educational Leadership Specialization (21 units)

Complete the following:

Electives (15 units)

Elective units can be drawn from other CEL courses not listed above and from any other graduate program within the School of Education.

Dissertation Development (12 units)

Supplementary Admission Requirements for Catholic Educational Leadership Students

In addition to the admission prerequisites to the School of Education, CEL applicants (MA or EdD) are required to submit the following:

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


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