Catholic Educational Leadership

Develop organizational skills and management skills, to be exercised in the light of faith and the Church.

This program is designed for the preparation of administrators in Catholic schools. The program combines reflection on the Catholic theological tradition with leadership theory and practice in the context of Catholic educational ministry.

Build towards a Master's degree. Credits earned at one level can count towards requirements of a higher level program. Students can start with a Graduate Certificate, build to a Graduate Diploma and then to a Master's degree.

  • Master in Catholic Educational Leadership (39 credits)


    Program Goals

    This program is designed to:
    (1)    foster a deeper understanding and integration of Catholic theology and its connection to Catholic educational leadership;
    (2)    develop the knowledge and skills required for effective educational leadership in Catholic schools;
    (3)    encourage growth in personal and spiritual maturity. 

    CORE COURSES (15 credits)

    PHIL 501: Philosophical themes in Catholic Theology
    THEO 501: Foundations of Theology
    SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture
    THEO 530: Christian Morality
    THEO 551: Ecclesiology of Vatican II

    CONCENTRATION COURSES (18 credits)

    THEO 525: Theology of Ministry

    And five of the following courses:
    CALR 520: Administration and Leadership in Catholic Schools
    CALR 521: Catholic Educational Institution
    CALR 526: Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation in Catholic Schools
    CALR 528: Current Issues in Catholic Education
    CALR 510: Leadership and Aims of Catholic Education
    SPIR 537: Leadership and Spirituality

    ELECTIVE (3 credits)

    Any 500-level SMC course

    Note: Students can take an elective course with the other Theological Colleges, with approval from the Dean of Theology.
     

    RESEARCH METHODS (no credits)

    MTHD: Basic Research Skills Modules


    CAPSTONE (3 credits)

    CALR 600: Field-Based Learning Project


    Learning Outcomes

    Students who have successfully completed this program:
    • Students demonstrate an ability to conduct informed biblical interpretation within the Catholic tradition and will demonstrate an understanding of the Church’s teaching and practice from historical, doctrinal, and systematic perspectives;
    • Students demonstrate a thorough understanding of the principles of Catholic educational leadership and develop pastoral skills essential to their application in diverse contexts;
    • Students demonstrate capacities for theory-praxis integration and for theological reflection in the context of Catholic educational leadership.


  • Graduate Certificate in Catholic Educational Leadership (15 credits)


    The Graduate Certificate programs consist of 15 credits of core, elective and certificate specific course work.

    9 Credits of the Core Courses
    6 Credits from Concentration Courses (choose 2 courses)

    CORE COURSES (9 Credits)

    THEO 501: Foundations of Theology
    THEO 530: Christian Morality
    SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture

    CONCENTRATION COURSES (6 Credits)

    THEO 525: Theology of Ministry
    CALR 520: Administration and Leadership in Catholic schools
    CALR 521: Catholic Educational Institution
    CALR 526: Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation in Catholic schools
    CALR 528: Current Issues in Catholic Education
    CALR 510: Leadership and Aims of Catholic Education
    SPIR 537: Leadership and Spirituality

  • Catholic Core (9 credits)


    Catholic Core

    Strengthen your personal faith understanding by starting with our core programming.

    Credits can later be applied to a Graduate Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree, based on eligibility requirements. Learn more



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