Catholic School Leader (Post-Master's Certificate)

Program Availability

The Catholic school leadership (CSL) certificate is a 12-credit graduate program for current and aspiring Catholic school leaders. The program addresses the Catholic dimensions of school leadership and is a perfect option for those who did not receive this information in a leadership master’s degree program.

When you pursue a certificate in Catholic school leadership, you’ll take courses that are based on a Catholic school leadership framework and will provide you with the attributes and capabilities necessary for effective leadership in contemporary Catholic schools.

The CSL program addresses the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in all of its courses.

Online delivery makes the CSL certificate convenient and accessible. A reduced tuition rate, as a show of Creighton University’s support for Catholic schools, makes the coursework affordable. See complete program details in the printable PDF iconbrochure.

Application Deadlines:

  • December 1 for January start
  • May 1 for June start
  • July 15 for August start

Space is limited, so apply today.


Those who complete the Catholic school leadership certificate program are fully prepared to provide mission-centered leadership and inspire others to embrace a shared vision for the future.

What You'll Learn

  • How to promote the distinctive mission of Catholic education
  • How to lead a school faith community and build a positive Catholic culture
  • What the trends are in Catholic school education
  • How to plan strategically to increase funding and enrollment
  • How to advocate for Catholic schools and their families


The certificate consists of the following courses:

  • Foundations of Catholic Education
  • Strategic Resourcing
  • School Law
  • Strategic and Political Leadership in Catholic Schools

Two CSL courses can be applied to the doctoral degree in leadership as electives.

All four CSL courses can be applied to the master’s degree in Educational Leadership.


Tuition & Scholarships

As a show of support for Catholic schools, Creighton University charges students in the CSL program 30% of the usual tuition rate for graduate students.  The tuition for students in 2015-16 is $225 per credit hour plus $184 in course fees. Candidates are encouraged to contact their school, parish or arch/diocese for additional tuition assistance.

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