Catholic Leadership Cohort
Master's Degree in Educational Leadership & Policy
Annually, a select number of Catholic educators are accepted into the Catholic Leadership Cohort as part of the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy, offered through the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Over twenty months, Catholic Leadership Cohort members take courses online, participate in faith formation experiences, and develop as a community of leaders. Online coursework trains the 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 allows leaders to inform organizational cultures and processes by drawing on social-justice values and leadership strategies to boldly 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 an opportunity to participate in a community of practice facilitated by national experts in Catholic education.