Catholic School Leadership


Salve’s four-course Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) programs are designed for students looking for continued professional development without the formal pursuit of a master’s degree. Our CGS in Catholic school leadership is a one-year program for Catholic school leaders and those who aspire to become one.

Our Program

Our students embark on an educational journey that explores the mission of Catholic schools in the 21st century. Coursework addresses the four major benchmarks identified in the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools: mission and Catholic identity, academic excellence, governance and leadership, and operational vitality.

This unique certificate program operates as a cohort, with students enjoying two summer residencies at our Newport campus. The rest of the coursework is offered completely online. Students may also apply the courses taken for the CGS toward the 12 courses required for our M.S. in innovation and strategic management.

Through our partnership with the Providence diocese, admitted students who work in a Catholic school or have an association with a diocese in New England receive a one-third tuition discount.

Catholic School Leadership

Program Spotlight

Our Faculty

Course Requirements

Admission and Fees


Call us at: 
(800) 637-0002

Program Director:
Sister Elizabeth McAuliffe


Program Spotlight: Professional Growth

 The program has challenged me to examine the foundations of Catholic education through its focus on mission and Catholic identity, academic excellence, governance and leadership, and operational vitality. I am excited to reflect on my classmates’ weekly responses, eager to initiate online dialogue about our individual school experiences and inspired to take our course focus and apply it to my own school environment. I have been able to take this coursework and make changes for the better in our mission statement, our faculty professional development experiences and the management of our differentiated classrooms. This program presents many opportunities for professional growth through practical application to daily school leadership. 

Anita Brouse, principal, All Saints Academy​

Our Faculty

Our program is led by Salve’s dean of undergraduate studies, Elizabeth “Betty” McAuliffe, RSM. As the former president of a Catholic academy serving girls from preschool through grade 12, Sister Betty deeply understands what it means to successfully lead a Catholic school. She is joined by an outstanding roster of faculty members from our Department of Education.​


Meet Our Faculty

Catholic School Leadership

4 courses | 12 credits

Required courses:

  • EDU501: Catholic School Mission and Religious Identity (2019 Graduate Summer Session III)
  • EDU503: Academic Excellence (2019 Graduate Fall Session II)
  • EDU506: Governance and Leadership in Catholic Schools (2020 Spring Session I)
  • EDU509: Catholic School Operational Vitality (2020 Spring Session II)

Students complete the required courses in the year between their on-campus residencies.

Residency dates for our next cohort are July 7-10, 2019 and July 12, 2020. During the first residency, students will begin the program on Sunday evening and attend class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. On-campus housing is available.

Sample residency schedule

Learn more about costs, financing and success rates for this program.