2023-2024 CATALOG

The Academic Catalog is the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies and degree requirements for Loyola University Chicago. It is published every year in advance of the next academic year.

Catholic School Leadership (MEd)

Central to the mission of the Church is the work of Catholic schools. The National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Catholic Schools (NSBECS) state that “An excellent Catholic school has a qualified leader/leadership team empowered by the governing body to realize and implement the school’s mission and vision.” The need for well-prepared leaders for Catholic schools is documented in numerous arenas as well as the challenges that face these leaders.

The Loyola University Chicago (LUC) Catholic Principal Preparation Program is...

  • designed to prepare future principals to meet the complex challenges of leading today’s Catholic schools.
  • uniquely designed to ensure each principal candidate becomes a mission-driven, faith-based instructional leader within the Catholic School context.

There is an out of state disclaimer regarding licensure for those students who do not reside in nor work in Illinois.


This coaching model is based on the foundation of a “support team” to ensure candidates have the breadth of experiences to be able to lead. The support team is comprised of the candidate, the university faculty supervisor, the coordinator of coaches, the internship mentor principal, and the internship coach. The internship coach is a veteran Catholic school administrator with a proven record for leading effective Catholic schools.


  • Focused in-depth coursework with coaching and immediate application for transforming Catholic schools to create increased student outcomes within a faith-based context.
  • Program designed by Loyola’s School of Education and community partners to ensure that all candidates acquire a solid foundation to be a Catholic school principal who is a mission-driven, faith-based instructional leader.
  • Optional two-week summer course at Loyola University’s Rome campus to develop global leadership perspectives.