Fordham’s Graduate School of Education (GSE) is launching a fully online master’s degree in Catholic Educational Leadership.

Crafted through the lens of Catholic identity, mission, and culture, the program shapes globally-minded, technologically-sophisticated, empathetic leaders dedicated to social justice and equity for all learners.

The 30-credit program is designed for Catholic or faith-based educators seeking to advance into administrative and/or leadership roles. Applicants employed at religious schools may be eligible for a 40 percent scholarship.

“This is a golden opportunity for emerging Catholic school leaders to facilitate the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision shared by the school faith community
,  said Gerald Cattaro, Ed.D., executive director of GSE’s Center for Catholic School Leadership and Faith-Based Education.

“We are committed to exploring faith-based identity issues and to educating all students. We emphasize high standards of learning and continuous, mission-focused school improvement.”

Coursework covers a variety of areas, including management, strategic planning, ethics, and technology. Students will complete 440 fieldwork hours in education settings.

Center associate director Cristiana Ritchie-Carter, Ph.D., said that consulting with Catholic school superintendents from across the country revealed a need for Catholic dioceses to create a pipeline for school leadership.

“Our online program meets the needs of today’s learners and is a means to bring together diverse people, form community, and provide excellent academic content,” she said.

For more information, contact the center at [email protected].


Patrick Verel is a news producer for Fordham Now. He can be reached at [email protected] or (212) 636-7790.