CGS in Catholic School Leadership

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Our Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) programs provide students with opportunities for professional development without the formal pursuit of a graduate degree.

The CGS in Catholic school leadership includes four courses (12 credits) that represent the four benchmarks identified in the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools. These include mission and Catholic identity, academic excellence, operational vitality, and governance and leadership.

Required courses:

  • EDU501: Catholic School Mission and Religious Identity
  • EDU503: Academic Excellence
  • EDU506: Governance and Leadership in Catholic Schools
  • EDU509: Catholic School Operational Vitality

Students completing the CGS in Catholic school leadership may continue on to the M.S. in innovation and strategic management and apply all four courses from the CGS toward the master's degree.

Program Schedule

Residency dates for the next cohort are July 8-11, 2018 and July 7-8, 2019.

During the first on-campus session, 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 will be available.

In this intensive session, students will review the four required courses and begin a yearlong action research project that incorporates one of the four benchmarks from the standards. The session will also feature guest speakers, panel discussions, deep reflections on 21st century educational issues as they relate to Catholic schools, case studies and social activities.

Students will complete the four required courses in the year between the on-campus sessions. Course dates for the next cohort are:

  • EDU501: July 16 to Sept. 1, 2018
  • EDU503: Oct. 1 to Nov. 17, 2018
  • EDU506: Jan. 7 to Feb. 23, 2019
  • EDU509: April 8 to May 25, 2019

During the second on-campus session, students will engage in deep discussion of the coursework as they present their completed action research projects.


Salve Regina offers a one-third tuition discount with the Providence diocese that is extended to all admitted students who work in a Catholic school or have an association with a diocese in New England. 

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