Catholic Leadership Cohort


Annually, a select number of Catholic educators are accepted into the Catholic Leadership Cohort (CLC) as part of the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy offered through the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College.

Over the course of 20 months, CLC members complete 30 credits, all of which are taught by faculty who have research specialization and lived experience leading schools. Twelve credits are taken as a cohort focused on leadership in Catholic education, while the remaining courses are taken with leaders from public and charter schools to provide opportunities for conversation in diverse settings. 

Online coursework trains candidates in critical inquiry and the use of evidence, how to approach student development from a holistic perspective, and how to engage the community to support the whole child. Drawing on Jesuit traditions, coursework informs organizational cultures and processes by drawing on social justice values and leadership strategies to improve equitable opportunities for traditionally marginalized students.

With an emphasis on discernment, prayer and critical reflection, candidates also participate in a formation series, which includes two annual retreats, an option for spiritual direction inspired by St. Ignatius, and the opportunity to participate in a community of practice facilitated by national experts in Catholic education.

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