Catholic Educational Leadership

Program Goals

This degree is designed for the preparation of administrators in Catholic schools. It develops organizational skills and management skills, to be exercised in the light of faith and the Church. The program is designed to provide a critical and constructive theological reflection on transformational and ethical leadership in relation to social and ecclesial communities. 

Learning Outcomes

Students who have successfully completed this program:
  • have an informed understanding of topics and themes in the required theology courses: Philosophical Themes in Catholic Theology, Foundations of Theology, Christian Morality, Introduction to Scripture, and Ecclesiology of Vatican II;
  • have a thorough understanding of the principles of Catholic educational leadership through the concentration courses;
  • are familiar with the issues facing school administrators in a Catholic context and are equipped to face them in a theologically informed manner;
  • are able to put into practice the principles learned in course work through a field-based practicum;
  • are able to model spiritual maturity, including an integration of affective and intellectual growth and commitment to theology and be conversant in how theological study serves the ongoing life of the Church and the world;
  • have developed further their personal spiritual lives.   

Course Requirements

Master in Catholic Educational Leadership 

39 credits

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



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


ELECTIVES (6 credits)

Any 500-level SMC course

Note: If a student wishes to take an elective course with the other Theological Colleges, the Dean’s approval is needed.


MTHD: Basic Research Skills Modules

2 obligatory basic research modules: Basic A & B

Recommended module: Basic C: How to write papers


RMTHD: Advanced Research Skills Modules

5 obligatory Advanced modules, which must include:

Module 4: Advanced Research and Writing Skills

Module 5: Research Methods in Theology


Working with a ‘professor of record’ on annotated bibliographies, etc.

CALR 600: Field-Based Learning Project (3 credits)