Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Master of Education in Catholic School Leadership


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Education in Catholic School Leadership

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MEd in Catholic School Leadership is intentionally designed to prepare candidates to meet the complex challenges of leading today’s Catholic schools. It is meant for candidates who are interested in becoming a mission-driven, faith-based instructional leader within the Catholic school context. Candidates will learn how to utilize mission and strategy for sustained, substantive school improvement and develop the skills to function as faith leaders of collaborative, capacity-building communities. The program places an emphasis on developing relationships, shared ideals, data driven action plans, and a strong Catholic culture – all factors that are critical for leaders in Catholic schools.

Mission is the life-blood of any Catholic organization, especially schools. An excellent Catholic school is guided by a clearly communicated mission that embraces a Catholic Identity rooted in Gospel values, centered on the Eucharist, and commited to faith formation, academice excellence and service. This program explores how mission must be central to leadership and how all activities must align with that mission. Candidates will explore transformation processes and outputs as they relate to the workings of educational leadership and school improvement. Candidates will also apply theoretical concepts and administrative strategies to their current work in schools.

Program Highlights

  • 12 courses (36 credit hours) lead to M.Ed. in Catholic School Leadership
  • A 1/3 mission scholarship from Loyola University Chicago will support Catholic School Leadership program candidates
  • Classes will be offered online, or in blended format. Each summer, candidates will attend an intensive, two-week course on campus.
  • Catholic identity integral throughout coursework
  • Coaching component embedded from start to finish of program
  • Prepares candidates to be a faith leader as well as an instructional leader in their Catholic schools.
  • Cohort model allows for the development of community, which is at the heart of who we are as Church, and this community of learners becomes a future network of support for candidates as they enter the field of Catholic school leadership
  • Most of the courses (over 90%) are taught by experienced Catholic school leaders, giving the classes a perspective grounded in practicality and experience
  • The infusion of reflective practice throughout the program develops reflective Catholic school leaders
  • Possibility of an optional two-week summer course at Loyola University’s Rome Campus to develop global leadership perspectives
  • Aligned to the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools (NSBECS), Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), and National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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