The M.A. in Education Leadership, Management and Policy focusing on Catholic School Leadership offers Catholic school educators and administrators a unique academic program that concentrates on the mission of Catholic school leadership and the formation of Catholic educators. The original Catholic School Leadership master's degree in New Jersey and the only program in partnership with a seminary, the program is today's expression of the University's commitment to meeting the needs of Catholic education.
A Unique Approach
Students in the program are provided a convenient and flexible program of study that offers weekend and summer courses, which allows for continued professional growth while working in the classroom. Students take courses together as a cohort group, meaning they complete requirements together throughout the program, and work in teams on projects and assignments in a collegial environment that provides opportunities for professional sharing and cooperative activity. Committed and grateful to those who minister to the Catholic education and spiritual growth of children, the University awards a 50 percent tuition discount to accepted program participants employed by Catholic schools.
Who Should Apply?
Current teachers interested in advancing their degrees and focusing on Catholic school education or those who desire to become certified as principals and/or supervisors should apply to this program. Candidates are admitted annually to the program after careful screening of application documents. For specific application procedures, click on admission.
The M.A. in Education Leadership, Management and Policy focusing on Catholic School Leadership is a two-year program designed to equip teachers and administrators for Catholic school leadership. Particular focus is paid to the mission of the Catholic school and the formation of Catholic educators. Students may choose the full 45-credit dual certification program (principal and supervisor's certification) or the 39-credit principal-only certification program.
Created with the busy professional in mind, courses are offered on a convenient weekend and summer schedule: Students take courses during the Fall and Spring semesters on Friday evenings from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students also benefit from a spiritual retreat and various academic experiences during the Summer Session. Courses draw upon the secular field of educational leadership, as well as the Catholic educational and spiritual tradition, with attention to contemporary issues in the life of the Catholic Church and schools. The program culminates in the successful completion of a written comprehensive examination.
For detailed program requirements, click on curriculum.
Graduates of this program are working in such key Catholic school leadership positions as superintendents, principals, assistant principals and teachers in school districts in the tristate area and around the country.