Catholic Principal Preparation Program: Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision

Catholic schools are at once places of evangelization, of complete formation, of enculturation, of apprenticeship in a lively dialogue between young people of different religions and social backgrounds.  The ecclesial nature of the Catholic school, therefore, is written in the very heart of its identity as a teaching institution. It is a true and proper ecclesial entity by reason of its educational activity, in which faith, culture and life are brought into harmony.

-The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium

Central to the mission of the Church is the work of Catholic schools. The National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Catholic Schools (NSBECS) state that “An excellent Catholic school has a qualified leader/leadership team empowered by the governing body to realize and implement the school’s mission and vision.” The need for well-prepared leaders for Catholic schools is documented in numerous arenas as well as the challenges that face these leaders.

The Loyola University Chicago (LUC) Catholic Principal Preparation Program was designed to prepare future principals to meet the complex challenges of leading today’s Catholic schools. The LUC Catholic Principal Preparation Program is uniquely designed to ensure each principal candidate becomes a mission-driven, faith-based instructional leader within the Catholic School context. Upon completion of the LUC Catholic Principal Preparation Program, principal candidates will possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be highly effective principals to promote the spiritual, academic and social-emotional growth of their students.

The LUC Catholic Principal Preparation Program is a three-year program, which leads to a Master’s Degree in Administration & Supervision and Illinois Principal Licensure eligibility. Course work will focus on the unique aspects of the principalship of Catholic schools.  The sixteen courses (48 semester credit hours) that embody this program include 4 one-semester internships and 12 classes of coursework with embedded field experiences and assignments.  Courses will focus on instructional leadership, enrollment management, marketing and development.  Catholic Identity is infused throughout the coursework. 

The Loyola University Chicago Catholic Principal Preparation Program consists of a unique three-year coaching model.  This coaching model is based on the foundation of a “support team” to ensure candidates have the breadth of experiences to be able to lead.  The support team is comprised of the candidate, the university faculty supervisor, the coordinator of coaches, the internship mentor principal, and the internship coach.  The internship coach is a veteran Catholic school administrator with a proven record for leading effective Catholic schools. 

For each candidate, an on-boarding plan, which will be continually updated and evaluated by the candidate support team, will be the vehicle to ensure that all candidates observe 100% of the activities, participate in 100% of the activities, and lead in at least 80% of the activities.  The on-boarding plan has been aligned to the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Elementary and Secondary Catholic Schools (NSBECS), Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Critical Success Factors, Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards and Functions, the Loyola Principal Preparation coursework, field experiences, and four-semester internship.

Features of the Program

  • Focused in-depth coursework with coaching and immediate application for transforming Catholic schools to create increased student outcomes within a faith-based context.
  • Program designed by Loyola’s School of Education and community partners to ensure that all candidates acquire a solid foundation to be a Catholic school principal who is a mission-driven, faith-based instructional leader.
  • Optional two-week summer course at Loyola University’s Rome campus to develop global leadership perspectives.
  • Intensive coaching model that supports the candidate for the full program: candidate assigned a coach who is a former Catholic school leaders with a proven record of success and the coach remains with candidate for duration of the program. 

Please Contact:  

Debbie Sullivan

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