The M.A. or Ed.S. 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, is today's expression of the University's commitment to meeting the needs of Catholic education.
A Unique Approach
Students are provided a convenient and flexible program of study. The on
campus program offers weekend and summer courses, while online students take
courses in the summer, fall and spring; both options allow for continued
professional growth while working in a collegial atmosphere. 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
Who Should Apply?
Current administrators and teachers interested in advancing their
degrees while focusing on the ministry of Catholic school education.Those
who are already certified as principals and those wishing to become certified
as principals 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. or Ed.S.in Education Leadership, Management and Policy with a
concentration on Catholic School Leadership is a two-year program designed to
equip teachers and administrators for Catholic school leadership. Particular
attention is paid to the mission of the Catholic school and the formation of
Catholic educators. Students completing this degree are eligible for both principal
and supervisor's certification, providing they meet additional state
Created with the busy professional in mind, courses are offered on a convenient schedule (weekends and
summers), this two year program meets the needs of working educators. During
the Spring and Fall semesters classes meet on Fridays from 5 to 9 pm, Saturdays
from 8 to 6 pm and Sundays from 8 to 1 pm. Online students take class during the
Summer, Fall and Spring semesters and also participate in the program's
administrative internship. In the summer, all students will meet for one week
session with an orientation and a course focusing on the Catholic school
ministry. The program culminates in the successful completion of a written
comprehensive examination. In
addition, if a student decides to apply for the New Jersey Principal's
certification, he/she must adhere to the New Jersey Department of Education
rules concerning certificates for principals. Students will be required to pass
the Praxis Examination in Educational Leadership and complete the approved
Assessment Center experience. Courses are taught by full-time professors and
experienced practitioners who provide cohort members with a balance of sound
theory and practical application.
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 tri-state area and around the country.