The School of Education is consistently listed among the top-ranked Schools in U.S. News & World Report of “Best Graduate Schools,” is in the top 5 percent of the 1,500 Schools, Colleges and Departments of Education nationwide and is one of the top tier, highest ranked, Jesuit institutions nationally, as well as a top tier private, independent School of Education in California. LMU program graduates join a prestigious group of LMU educated alumni in schools and districts.

Mission Focused/Experienced in Social Justice

LMU’s School of Education program rigorous curriculum is collaboratively created, based on real needs as dictated by data, and designed with problem-based learning and project-based experiences, grounded in the realities of 21st Century schooling. Content includes mission, law, ethics, budget, finance, operations, marketing, fundraising, admissions, personnel management, curriculum, and instruction. Technology, inclusion, and a professional learning community, alongside LMU’s strong commitment to social justice, provide a further foundation for each of the courses of the program.


Catholic educators have the flexibility to select a concentration with curriculum specific to Catholic School Administration. Academic coursework is offered in synchronous scheduled online classes, catering to working professionals.

Program characteristics and areas of emphasis:

  • Private School (Cohort) Mission Focused
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Transformative Leadership
  • Candidate Mentoring

Personalized Attention/Online Courses

From admission to advisement to faculty mentoring to graduation and beyond, we work with you to fulfill your educational and career goals.  The program supports educators interested in moving into school administration as well as those who are a school administrator and desire further concentrated education in the distinctive mission and operations of schools.

Online teaching modalities meet once per week in both synchronous and asynchronous class meeting times. All courses are taught by our renowned faculty, many of whom come from TK-12 leadership backgrounds and are recognized leaders in the field of public, charter, Catholic, and private school education. Students also benefit from access to LMU’s outstanding on- campus and electronic library, a support network of coaching and mentoring, individual advising, and the cohort model’s built-in network of motivated, experienced colleagues.