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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Catholic School Administration Certificate

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Contact Information

Program Director: Lauren R. Casella

Academic Advisor: Danielle West


The Certificate in Catholic School Administration (CCSA) is a 10-semester-hour graduate program designed to provide a full year of content in mission-focused, organizational, and instructional leadership. The CCSA supports those educators interested in Catholic school administration and need a concentrated education in the distinctive mission and operations of Catholic schools. The overall objective of this certificate program is to educate, prepare, and form prospective and novice Catholic school leaders in effective Catholic school administration and leadership. Candidates receive a rigorous curriculum that includes Catholic school history, mission, law, ethics, budget, finance, operations, marketing, fundraising, admissions, personnel management, curriculum, and instruction. The four pillars of adult Catholic spirituality, technology, inclusion, and the development of a professional learning community give the foundation for each of the four courses of the program. The CCSA Program is offered in two modalities: a hybrid model for the local cohorts and an online model for the national cohort.

Program Outcomes

As a result of this program, candidates will:

  • Practice critical reflection and contemplative practice that is grounded in a Catholic worldview and rooted in a well-formed Catholic identity
  • Identify, develop, and articulate a clear and purposeful vision for integrating a positive Catholic culture, environment, and curriculum that is rooted in a school-wide mission and vision statement consistent with Catholic faith and religious values
  • Examine and appraise Catholic school governance structures and transformational leadership models that provide direction, authority, and leadership in Catholic education
  • Articulate an intellectually rigorous program of education infused with the Catholic faith and traditions that promotes student academic success and spiritual formation, fosters teacher professional growth, and emphasizes a culture of continuous improvement
  • Identify, develop, and articulate a clear and purposeful vision of operational vitality through sustainable financial planning, human resource/personnel management, facilities maintenance and enhancement, contemporary communication practice, and institutional advancement strategies

Program Admission Requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • Statement of Intent
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • One must be from applicant’s employer
  • Verification of Employment Form
  • Technology Requirement Form
  • Professional Resume
  • 2 sealed, official transcripts for all colleges and/or universities attended
  • Catholic School Program Contract/Agreement
  • Local Cohort applicants must provide a signed Title II Compliance form
  • National Online Cohort applicants must apply through the Catholic Extension Society
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.05 in your last 60 undergraduate units, or a 3.0 in at least 9 graduate units is required
  • For applicants who completed an undergraduate/graduate degree outside of the U.S.A.:
    • Transcript evaluations
    • TOEFL or IELTS minimum score

Certificate Requirements

Total: 10 semester hours

Additional Requirement

  • Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (B or better in all courses)

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