Catholic School Leadership

The Catholic School Leadership (CSL) Certificate is a 12-credit graduate program for current and aspiring Catholic school leaders.

Catholic School Leadership Certificate

Catholic School Leadership Certificate Program Description

The Catholic School Leadership (CSL) Certificate is a 12-credit graduate program for current and aspiring Catholic school leaders.  The Creighton University Education Department and the Archdiocese of Omaha Catholic Schools Office partnered to create the Catholic School Leadership framework which outlines the attributes and capabilities that are specific and necessary for effective leadership in contemporary Catholic schools.  The CSL Certificate is designed to actualize this framework.

Online delivery makes the CSL Certificate convenient and accessible.  Substantial financial assistance provided by Creighton University and its benefactors in support of Catholic schools makes the coursework affordable.

The Catholic School Leadership Certificate will prepare you to:

  • Apply Catholic teaching to pertinent issues in Catholic schools
  • Lead and build school faith community
  • Generate a positive Catholic culture and environment in your school
  • Understand and promote the distinctive mission and philosophy of contemporary Catholic schools
  • Know history, trends, and directions in Catholic school education
  • Inspire others to embrace a shared vision for the future


"Finally, I am able to pursue a top notch education from the comfort of my own home! The Creighton Catholic School Leadership Program is the perfect match for busy teachers or administrators who desire to learn more about their faith and their call to Catholic Leadership."

Mary Helen Olsen
Religion Teacher
St. Elizabeth Seton School
Rapid City, South Dakota

"I have found Creighton's CSL certificate program to be a perfect professional development solution. The online course delivery model provides ease of access to solid, practical content from a renowned Jesuit university.  In my location, and with the demands of my schedule, this would not be possible for me otherwise.   The course sequence ensures that the certificate is attainable for even the busiest professional."

Thomas P. Long
Nolan Catholic High School
Fort Worth, Texas

"The Creighton Catholic School Leadership certificate program is outstanding.The opportunity to work with educational professionals from a prestigious Jesuit University in an online environment is exceptional. I especially appreciate sharing experiences with other administrators and teachers, as well as completing projects that have practical application. I am able to transfer course learning and products directly to my school setting."

Andrew Maloney
St. Joseph Jr. High
Manchester, New Hampshire

"Rarely have I found an educational experience so fulfilling. I grow spiritually from the readings, lectures, class ?discussions,? and group work involving prominent educators and administrators from across the country.  My vocation as a Catholic school teacher has not only been affirmed, but ignited by my mission to minister.  It is abundantly clear to me now, that we are all called to help with the faith formation of our students.  Thank you for providing this opportunity for us."

Johnna Eck
Chair of Fine & Performing Arts
Skutt Catholic High School
Omaha, Nebraska

"I believe that the professors at Creighton University have a clear understanding of the specialized needs of Catholic Schools.  The CSL courses are designed to provide the Catholic values and perspectives essential for fostering Catholic unity and identity within a school community.  My classes give me new knowledge, as well as the opportunity for personal spiritual growth and community building with other Catholic school leaders and educators.  The certificate program has reaffirmed for me that my work is not just a job; it is a calling."

Betty Getzfred
St. Boniface School
Elgin, Nebraska

"Participating in the Creighton University leadership certificate program for Catholic educators has provided me with a strong and more confident understanding of our Catholic faith and how it impacts my professional life. Also, online classes make it easier for me to continue being a mom, wife, administrator, and student. The professors are very professional. They have a passion for teaching about the Catholic faith and about Catholic schools."

Katherine Griffen
Elementary Principal
Archbishop Bergan Catholic School
Fremont, Nebraska

"My undergraduate and graduate programs were designed for public school educators, so I felt unprepared when I became a Catholic school principal.  This program has been the single best thing I have done to understand my role as a Catholic school administrator. My staff and I have a renewed sense of mission as Catholic school educators, and this positive change has been noticed by the community."

Timothy A. Dickel
Mater Dei High School
Evansville, Indiana