Loyola Marymount University’s Certificate in Catholic School Administration (CCSA) is part of the Department of Educational Leadership and the Center for Catholic Education. LMU and its CCSA program are committed to helping the next generation of Catholic school leaders succeed in the dynamic and changing landscape of 21st century Catholic school education.

Program Design:

The CCSA is a 10 unit graduate program designed to provide a full year of content in mission-focused, organizational, and instructional leadership. The CCSA supports those educators interested in moving into Catholic school administration or who have been a school administrator but need a concentrated education in the distinctive mission and operations of Catholic schools. The overall objective of this certificate program is to educate and train prospective and novice Catholic school leaders in effective Catholic school administration and leadership. Students 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 Certificate in Catholic School Administration (CCSA) applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA (or application for exception to the GPA), be currently employed by a Catholic school, be recommended by a current Catholic school leader, and show a demonstrated passion for leadership and innovative change.  The online program is authorized in the following specific states within the U.S. as well as for international residents.

Cohort Learning:

The CCSA program enrolls a cohort each July and classes follow an “executive format” with classes meeting on selected Saturdays over each semester for each three-unit course. 

Course Sequence

Candidates complete these courses over 11 months of study:

  • EDLA 6420 August - An Invitation to Lead (1 unit) on-campus for all cohorts
  • EDLA 6430 Fall - Mission-Focused Leadership in Catholic Education (3 units)
  • EDLA 6431 Spring - Organizational Leadership in Catholic Education (3 units)
  • EDLA 6432 Summer Session 1 - Instructional Leadership in Catholic Education (3 units)



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 allow for appropriate planning.