Fall Priority Deadline: March 1
Priority deadline for first review of complete applications.
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-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.
The program leading to the Master of Arts in Catholic School Teaching requires the successful completion of 30 credits of coursework, including eight core courses (24 credits):
and one of the following Teacher Education courses:
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.
The program leading to the Master of Arts in Catholic Educational Leadership requires the completion of 30 credits of course work, including eight core courses (24 credits):
The remaining 6 credits are earned in elective courses selected from among those in Catholic Educational Leadership or those offered by other master's degree programs in the School of Education. The program is offered three semesters during the academic year: Fall, Spring, and Summer. The SummerWest program includes a wide variety of course offerings; the summer faculty are from many parts of the country and bring expertise in theory and practice in elementary and secondary Catholic schools.
The program leading to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) 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 credits beyond the master’s degree and culminates in the completion of a doctoral dissertation. Students will complete 60 credits of doctoral coursework that satisfy the following requirements: General Education core (12 credits), Major Specialization in Catholic Educational Leadership core (24 credits), Elective courses (12 credits), and Dissertation core (12 credits).
The 12 credits of General Education core are:
The 24 credits of major specialization in Catholic Educational Leadership include the following core courses:
The 12 credits of the elective courses may be drawn from other CEL courses not listed above and any other graduate program in the School of Education with the approval of the student’s doctoral advisor. Students who have completed the Master of Arts degree through the Catholic Educational Leadership Program may pursue a 12-credit block minor in another program within the School of Education. Students should consult their advisor concerning the minor requirements.
The dissertation, which is undertaken after the completion of coursework, is a demonstration of the candidate's ability to bring theoretical and practical knowledge to the solution of a significant educational problem, which will contribute to Catholic education.
The 12 credits associated with the development, research, and writing of a doctoral dissertation are:
Students complete the program by successfully defending their dissertation research in Dissertation Research and Writing (CEL 791).
In addition to the admission prerequisites to the School of Education, CEL applicants (M.A. or Ed.D.) are required to submit the following:
The Certificate of Advanced Study in Catholic Educational Leadership is a 12-unit program specifically designed for Catholic school leaders who already have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Those whose degree is in educational administration from a secular university would gain a distinctly Catholic perspective. Those whose master’s degree is in a subject area other than educational administration would receive preparation in essential areas of educational administration within a Catholic school context. Required courses include: