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The master's program in Catholic Educational Leadership prepares graduates for effective leadership as administrators in Catholic elementary and secondary schools and for diocesan positions. The program consists of 30 credits, 24 of which are core credits.

Program Delivery

To meet the needs of working professionals, the program follows a schedule of alternate weekend classes that convene nine times a semester (Friday evenings and all day Saturdays). See our Teaching Weekend schedule.



  • CEL 640 - History and Principles of Catholic Education (3)
  • CEL 641 - Private School Law (3)
  • CEL 642 - Moral Development (3)
  • CEL 644 - Curriculum and Instruction Leadership in Catholic Schools (3)
  • CEL 650 - Catholic Leadership and Educational Administration (3)
  • CEL 651 - Business and Finance for Catholic Schools (3)
  • CEL 653 - Personnel Leadership in Catholic Schools (3)
  • CEL 690 - M.A. Culminating Project (3)


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 during three semesters of the academic year: fall, spring, and summer. The summer CEL semester, referred to as 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.

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Program Learning Outcomes

The Catholic Educational Leadership Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to communicate the vision, mission, and values of Catholic education to the various stakeholders of their schools.
  • Students will engage self and others in spiritual discernment and the process of reflection and personal faith development
  • Students will be able to develop and evaluate school wide improvement plans rooted in current research and best practices in Catholic education that reflect transformational leadership with a personal and professional commitment to liberation, equity and inclusion.
  • Students will apply Gospel values with their school communities, demonstrate a knowledge of Catholic social teaching and the promotion of justice, and will integrate cura personalis (care for the person) in their relationships with stakeholders.
  • As leaders in Catholic institutions students will be able to engage current political and social reality as a core text. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of strategies for acting in solidarity with communities locally and globally, especially historically marginalized groups.

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Visit the MA Catholic Educational Leadership page on the University of San Francisco website for more details!