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Certificate in Catholic School Administration

This 11-month certificate program*, offered by LMU's Center for Catholic Education (CCE), provides professional development specific to Catholic school leadership. The four-course program of study (10 graduate-level units) is uniquely 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 and project-based learning experiences that prepare candidates to grow as Catholic school leaders.

The CCSA offers two concurrent cohorts per year: a hybrid local cohort in Los Angeles, which meets on campus as well as for synchronous online class meetings); and the national cohort, sponsored by Catholic Extension, which meets on campus for the “Invitation to Lead” course and then for synchronous online instruction for the remainder of the coursework.

Message from the Director

Lauren Casella, Ed.D., director of LMU School of Education’s Catholic Leadership Academy, shares the benefits of LMU’s specialized training for future leaders in Catholic education


*Please be advised that the Certificate in Catholic School Administration program is available only 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.