2023-2024 Catalog 
    May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 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 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 (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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