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Certificate in Catholic School Administration

This unique and successful educational program, offered by LMU's Center for Catholic Education (CCE) through the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration (EDLA), provides professional development that is specific to the Catholic school administration context. The 11-month (4 course/10 graduate level units) program is designed to address four major themes in Catholic school administration: mission-focused leadership; faith and spiritual leadership; operational management; and instructional leadership. The integration of faith and professional practice is made relevant through pragmatic experiences that prepare students to grow as Catholic school leaders through project-based learning strategies. Students employ assessment and accountability practices that support and align Catholic school mission, vision, and student learning outcomes. The courses of the CCSA academic program serve as the first 10 units of the LMU Master of Arts in Catholic School Administration. LMU's Catholic School Leadership Academy, housed in the CCE and academically supported by the Department of Educational Leadership, offers both the certificate and masters in Catholic School Administration.

The CCSA offers two concurrent cohorts per year: the local cohort which meets in a hybrid manner (on campus as well as synchronous on-line class meetings) and the national cohort, sponsored by Catholic Extension, which meets on campus for "Invitation to Lead" and synchronous on-line for all of the three-unit courses.

Program Coursework for Certificate

  • EDLA 6420 Invitation to Lead (1 unit)
  • EDLA 6430 Mission Focused Leadership in Catholic Education (3 units)
  • EDLA 6431 Organizational Leadership in Catholic Education (3 units)
  • EDLA 6432 Instructional Leadership in Catholic Education (3 units)

Applications & Admissions

To learn more or apply to LMU's Certificate in Catholic School Leadership, click . An application and detailed instructions will be emailed to you immediately. This program admits as a cohort, with program coursework beginning in late Summer Session 2. Application priority deadline is April 1. Applications will continue to be accepted based on available enrollment.



Please be advised that the Certificate in Catholic School Administration program is only available to permanent residents of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Utah, Washington, and international students.

Per Federal Regulation 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v), all LMU School of Education credential/licensure programs meet the California state requirements as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and for the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences as appropriate. The institution has not made a determination as to whether these credential, licensure, and professional preparation programs meet the requirements of states outside of California. If you are interested in practicing outside the state of California, it is recommended that you contact the respective licensing entity of that state to seek information or guidance regarding their licensure and credential requirements in advance to allowing appropriate planning.