Catholic schools are responding to the call to open their doors to students with disabilities in increasing numbers yet are in need of supports and guidance in order to effectively build more inclusive environments.  This certificate program aims to build both the knowledge and experiential base of Catholic school principals and teacher leaders to develop school-wide systems, structures, and practices to support all learners.  For many Catholic school leaders, professional preparation in the areas of exceptionality, special education law and procedure, and interventions/accommodations has been limited.  In order to increase the knowledge base in these areas, the Certificate in Leading Inclusive Catholic Schools has been created. This program will be offered online through a cohort model.



This program is open to Catholic school principals and teacher leaders.  Individuals are eligible to enroll with: 1) an Illinois Professional Educator License (with either teacher or principal endorsement) or the comparable credentials from another state, and 2) two years' leadership experience in a Catholic school. 


  • ELPS 411  Special Education and the Catholic School
  • CIEP 431  Three Tier Prevention: Advanced Primary Supports
  • CIEP 432  Three Tier Prevention: Secondary and Tertiary Supports
  • CIEP 401  The Exceptional Child

This certificate program is a four-course program that leads to a certificate in Leading Inclusive Catholic Schools.  Typically, students will take one class per semester.

Continuous Enrollments
Students in endorsement only programs are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.


Application Requirements


Interested in applying? Check out the Leading Inclusive Cathloic Schools Certificate application requirements.


Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships



The School of Education and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable. You can learn more on the Financial Assistance page.