New program in Catholic school leadership offered online

Saint Joseph's College of Maine has announced two online graduate programs in Catholic school leadership, consisting of a specialty within the Master of Science in Education degree and also a 4-course graduate certificate.

The 36-credit Master of Science in Education degree in Catholic school leadership combines 24 credit hours of graduate education courses and 12 credit hours of theology courses. The graduate certificate consists of 9 credit hours of graduate education courses and 3 credit hours of a theology course. Fundamental to both programs is a newly developed education course, "Catholic Principal as Educational and Spiritual Leader." This course will address administration as ministry within the Catholic school and parish communities by reflecting upon the role of the principal in establishing and maintaining Catholic spirit and excellence in education. The course focuses on spirituality of leadership, assessment, finance and development, Catholic identity, and legal issues.

These master's degree programs are designed for practitioners working within K-12 Catholic schools who want to move toward supervisory roles such as vice principal, principal, headmistress, headmaster, dean, or similar leadership positions. The new programs are also designed for current school leaders within the Catholic school system who wish to upgrade their skills or for public-sector principals who are moving into the Catholic school setting.

All courses are offered online, every course begins once per month, and optional summer courses on campus help students accelerate their studies. Students associated with dioceses that have signed agreements with Saint Joseph's College will receive application fee waivers along with a tuition reduction for each online course.

For more information, visit or call the graduate admissions office at 800-752-4723. Saint Joseph's College offers online undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, business, theology, nursing, health administration, long-term care, and general studies.

December 16, 2008 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail