Catholic Educational Leadership Program Courses

CEL  640 - History and Principles of Catholic Education (3)

This course will cover an historical, philosophical, sociological, and political study of American Catholic education in the context of the original common school and today's public school.

CEL  641 - Private School Law (2 - 3)

Course presents an analysis of principal legal and constitutional issues in federal and state law affecting educators, including liability, contract law, and major church-state rulings.

CEL  642 - Moral Development (3)

Study of the cognitive developmental theory of moral development, comparing and contrasting it with other major theories. Review of the materials, research, and methods related to moral education. Practicum relating research and educational practice required.

CEL  643 - Religious Educational Leadership (1 - 3)

Analysis and discussion of effective ways to organize, evaluate, and improve religious education in church-related schools. Specific questions of staff development are addressed.

CEL  644 - Curriculum and Instruction Leadership in Catholic Schools (3)

This course presents curriculum and instruction from a leadership perspective within the contemporary context of the Catholic schools. It integrates models, research, and practical applications of design and evaluation of curriculum and instruction. Development of a curriculum model for a particular school will be required as a final project.

CEL  645 - Justice in the School Curriculum (2 - 3)

Study of the social teachings of the Scriptures and the Catholic Church with applications to curriculum design. Educational theory and sociological perspectives are integrated.

CEL  646 - Methods and Materials in Teaching Religion in Catholic Schools (1 - 3)

A study of the current context of Religious Education: qualities and competencies of religious educators, review of the Basic Teachings of the Church and Church History, the incorporation of these into a graduated catechesis based on child development, liturgy, ethnic influences, along with prayer, community building, and service.

CEL  647 - Counseling Techniques for Educators (1 - 2)

An introduction to theory and skills to be an effective counselor. It will include (a) understanding the range of normal to abnormal development problems, (b) applying principles of counseling to the classroom, and (c) designing behavioral modification strategies for children.

CEL  648 - Spirituality of Educator (2 - 3)

A study of spirituality of leadership for the administrator and/or teacher in Catholic schools will be drawn from the history of both spirituality and Catholic education. The main themes of the course will be drawn from the Four Constitutions of the Second Vatican Council.

CEL  649 - Theory and Application of Developmental Psychology (1 - 3)

The examination of (a) methods of research and theories of child development, (b) aspects of child development such as physical, emotional and affective, cognitive and intellectual, religious, (c) influences on development (family, school, culture), (d) implications for teaching and learning strategies, (c) abnormal development, and (f) pastoral perspectives.

CEL  650 - Leadership and Educational Administration (3)

Examination of significant theories and research in the management of educational organizations, leadership, planning, change, administrative styles, decision-making, and informal organization, particularly within the Catholic school community.

CEL  651 - Business and Financial Administration for Catholic Schools (1 - 3)

Study of business management, school plant management, budgeting, accounting, fiscal planning, and fund-raising tasks facing Catholic school administrators.

CEL  652 - Applications in Finances of Catholic Schools (1 - 2)

This course examines historical and current practice of Catholic school business and finances. The course allows the student to develop policies and procedures that could be used in Catholic schools. The course covers topics relating to accounting procedures, budget development, financial record keeping and reporting, fund raising, purchasing and expense planning and monitoring procedures.

CEL  653 - Personnel Leadership in Catholic Schools (3)

This course will address current issues facing Catholic school administrators in the areas of leadership theory. The course will further cover in-depth topics of communication styles, problem-solving, hiring and dismissal, supervision, teacher evaluation, retention, mentoring, stress, conflict resolution, teacher induction, in-service, and staff development.

CEL  654 - Communication and Group Dynamics Skills (1 - 3)

Practice in a variety of communication and group dynamics skills as applied to problems of private educational administration.

CEL  655 - Issues in Catholic Education (1 - 3)

Scholarly practitioners review and develop issues pertinent to the Catholic school community.

CEL  656 - Applications in Catholic School Law and Legal Issues (2)

The course allows the student to have an in-depth understanding of Catholic school law and related legal issues. The course is designed to assist the student in further understanding Catholic school legal issues, for example, the development of handbooks, contracts, various policies and procedures of child protection and individual rights that are applicable in Catholic Education.

CEL  658 - Grant Writing for Catholic Schools (2)

This course will focus on the science and art of grant writing along with special emphasis on identifying foundations that offer funding for Catholic Schools. The course is designed for elementary and secondary school personnel.

CEL  661 - Secondary Religious Education: To Teach As Jesus Did (1)

A reflective overview of the themes, issues, and methods which pertain to Catholic education. This seminar will focus on the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' vision for Catholic schools (comprised of Word, Community, Service and Worship). Orientation will address the M.A. with an Emphasis in Religious Education program goals: pedagogical training, doctrinal instruction, spiritual formation, and professional networking. Participants will explore the nature of their vocation as Catholic high school teachers, as well as the qualities and competencies of effective religious educators.

CEL  662 - Secondary Curriculum and Instruction for Religious Education (3)

Study of scope and sequence, pedagogical approaches, methods, materials, and media appropriate for teaching Religious Education within the high school curriculum. Course will survey the qualities and competencies of effective high school religion teachers. Participants will explore various methods for developing learning outcomes, assessment tools, instructional design and delivery, integration of educational technology, and strategies for classroom management. Program director and school site mentors will collaborate in the observation and coaching of participants' teaching.

CEL  663 - Catholic Identity in Catholic Schools: An Expanding Vision (3)

This course will present an in-depth study of the qualities that are inherent in a catholic school. It will enable the student to develop a conceptual framework for catholic identity and, subsequently, a plan of action in order to implement a dynamic vision of catholic identity in his/her school.

CEL  679 - History and Philosophy of Catholic Education (3)

Readings and discussions related to the history, philosophy, and theology of church-related education with special emphasis on the American experience.

CEL  690 - MA Culminating Project (2 - 3)

A project to stimulate the integration of knowledge and skills gained from the M.A. program, which is submitted as a formal report in partial fulfillment of the master's degree.
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CEL  697 - Directed Study (1 - 3)

Independent, in-depth study of a specific educational topic.
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CEL  698 - Special Topics (1 - 3)

Exploration of one or more selected topics in Catholic Educational Leadership.

CEL  700 - Introduction to Doctoral Research: Catholic School Education (3)

This mentorship engages the student and faculty member in research of a topic of interest to the student, and stimulates student exploration of topic selection for doctoral research. It is required of all CEL doctoral students, and should be taken early in doctoral studies.

CEL  709 - Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3)

The essentials of developing a model proposal for the research project leading to a dissertation. Specific components of a good proposal, analysis of research proposals, and student research projects.
Prerequisites: GEDU 706 with a minimum grade of B- and GEDU 708 with a minimum grade of B-
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CEL  729 - Proposal Development (3)

Further work on the specific components of a proposal, analysis of research
Prerequisites: GEDU 706 with a minimum grade of B- and GEDU 708 with a minimum grade of B-
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CEL  740 - History and Principles of Catholic Education (3)

This course will cover an historical, philosophical, sociological, and political study of American Catholic education in the context of the original common school and today's public school.

CEL  741 - Private School Law (2 - 3)

Course presents an analysis of principal legal and constitutional issues in federal and state law affecting educators, including liability, contract law, and major church-state rulings.

CEL  742 - Moral Development (3)

Study of the cognitive developmental theory of moral development, comparing and contrasting it with other major theories. Review of the materials, research, and methods related to moral education. Practicum relating research and educational practice required.

CEL  743 - Religious Educational Leadership (1 - 3)

Analysis and discussion of effective ways to organize, evaluate, and improve religious education in church-related schools. Specific questions of staff development are addressed.

CEL  744 - Curriculum and Instruction Leadership in Catholic Schools (3)

This course presents curriculum and instruction from a leadership perspective within the contemporary context of the Catholic schools. It integrates models, research, and practical applications of design and evaluation of curriculum and instruction. Development of a curriculum model for a particular school will be required as a final project.

CEL  745 - Justice in the School Curriculum (1 - 3)

Study of the social teachings of the Scriptures and the Catholic Church with applications to curriculum design. Educational theory and sociological perspectives are integrated.

CEL  746 - Methods and Materials in Teaching Religion in Catholic Schools (1 - 3)

A study of the current context of Religious Education: qualities and competencies of religious educators, review of the Basic Teachings of the Church and Church History, the incorporation of these into a graduated catechesis based on child development, liturgy, ethnic influences, along with prayer, community building, and service.

CEL  747 - Counseling Techniques for Educators (1 - 3)

An introduction to theory and skills to be an effective counselor. It will include (a) understanding the range of normal to abnormal development problems, (b) applying principles of counseling to the classroom, and (c) designing behavioral modification strategies for children.

CEL  748 - Spirituality of Educator (2 - 3)

A study of spirituality of leadership for the administrator and/or teacher in Catholic schools will be drawn from the history of both spirituality and Catholic education. The main themes of the course will be drawn from the Four Constitutions of the Second Vatican Council.

CEL  749 - Theory and Application of Developmental Psychology (1 - 3)

The examination of (a) methods of research and theories of child development, (b) aspects of child development such as physical, emotional and affective, cognitive and intellectual, religious, (c) influences on development (family, school, culture), (d) implications for teaching and learning strategies, (e) abnormal development, and (f) pastoral perspectives.

CEL  750 - Leadership and Educational Administration (3)

Examination of significant theories and research in the management of educational organizations, leadership, planning, change, administrative styles, decision-making, and informal organization, particularly within the Catholic school community.

CEL  751 - Business and Financial Administration for Catholic Schools (1 - 3)

Study of business management, school plant management, budgeting, accounting, fiscal planning, and fund-raising tasks facing Catholic school administrators.

CEL  752 - Applications in Finances of Catholic Schools (1 - 2)

This course examines historical and current practice of Catholic school business and finances. The course allows the student to develop policies and procedures that could be used in Catholic schools. The course covers topics relating to accounting procedures, budget development, financial record keeping and reporting, fund raising, purchasing and expense planning and monitoring procedures.

CEL  753 - Personnel Leadership in Catholic Schools (3)

This course will address current issues facing Catholic school administrators in the areas of leadership theory. The course will further cover in-depth topics of communication styles, problem-solving, hiring and dismissal, supervision, teacher evaluation, retention, mentoring, stress, conflict resolution, teacher induction, in-service, and staff development.

CEL  754 - Communication and Group Dynamics Skills (1 - 3)

Practice in a variety of communication and group dynamics skills as applied to problems of private educational administration.

CEL  755 - Issues in Catholic Education (1 - 3)

Scholarly practitioners review and develop issues pertinent to the Catholic school community.

CEL  756 - Applications in Catholic School Law and Legal Issues (2)

This course allows the student to have an in-depth understanding of Catholic school law and related legal issues. The course is designed to assist the student in further understanding Catholic school legal issues, for example, the development of handbooks, contracts, various policies and procedures of child protection and individual rights that are applicable in Catholic Education.

CEL  757 - Catholic School Research (1 - 3)

The study of major research findings in effective Catholic school research and the implications for the school. This course introduces the use of research methodology for the practitioner.

CEL  758 - Grant Writing for Catholic Schools (2)

This course will focus on the science and art of grant writing along with special emphasis on identifying foundations that offer funding for Catholic Schools. The course is designed for elementary and secondary school personnel.

CEL  763 - Catholic Identity in Catholic Schools: An Expanding Vision (3)

This course will present an in-depth study of the qualities that are inherent in a catholic school. It will enable the student to develop a conceptual framework for catholic identity and, subsequently, a plan of action in order to implement a dynamic vision of catholic identity in his/her school.

CEL  779 - History and Philosophy of Catholic Education (3)

Readings and discussions related to the history, philosophy, and theology of Church-related education with special emphasis on the American experience.

CEL  780 - Seminar in Religious Education (2 - 3)

Study and discussion of selected topics in religious education.

CEL  781 - Seminar in Moral Development (2 - 3)

Study and discussion of selected topics in moral education.
Prerequisites: CEL 642 or CEL 742

CEL  782 - Business and Financial Management in Catholic Education (2 - 3)

Analysis of major fiscal management issues relating to Catholic schools.

CEL  783 - Curriculum and Instruction in Catholic Education (3)

Advanced seminar in special issues related to curriculum and instruction leadership in Catholic education.
Prerequisites: CEL 644 or CEL 744

CEL  784 - Leadership and Management Issues in Catholic Education (3)

Advanced seminar in special issues related to management and administration in Catholic education.
Prerequisites: CEL 650 or CEL 750

CEL  785 - Personnel Leadership in Catholic Education (3)

Advanced seminar in staff development and personnel topics.
Prerequisites: CEL 653 or CEL 753

CEL  786 - Practicum in Curriculum Leadership in Catholic Schools (3)

Processes are developed to implement curriculum theory, writing a school curriculum, and evaluating textbooks and curriculum.
Prerequisites: CEL 644 or CEL 744

CEL  790 - Dissertation Proposal Development (1 - 3)

Directed proposal development in consultation with dissertation committee.
• Restricted to Doctoral level;

CEL  791 - Dissertation Research and Writing (1 - 3)

The design, preparation, and writing of the dissertation research study in consultation with the dissertation committee. Advancement to candidacy required.
• Restricted to Doctoral level;

CEL  797 - Directed Study (1 - 3)

Independent, in-depth study of a specific educational topic.
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CEL  798 - Special Topic Seminar (1 - 3)

Exploration of one or more selected topics in Catholic Educational Leadership.