University to offer new master’s degree in educational administration

Author: Michael O. Garvey


The University of Notre Dame will offer a new masters degree in educational administration beginning next summer.

The new degree program is an expansion of theAlliancefor Catholic Education (ACE) Leadership Program, which is itself an outgrowth of Notre Dames ACE, which provides college graduates an opportunity to earn master of education degrees while serving as teachers in understaffed Catholic schools nationwide.Since it began in 2002, the ACE Leadership Program has trained 82 teachers in professional administration, fostering community within schools, and spiritual formation.All of these teachers have remained in Catholic schools, 50 of them in administrative positions.

According to Rev. Ronald R. Nuzzi, director of the ACE Leadership Program, the masters in educational administration will require the addition of new courses and 11 credit hours to the curriculum of the ACE Leadership Program.The required courses includeExceptionalities in Education,Educational Research and Methodology,Action Research,andThe History and Philosophy of Catholic Education.

All of us in ACE believe that Catholic schools are at the heart of the Church,Father Nuzzi said.It is a great privilege to launch this new degree which says that Notre Dame is serious about the renewal of K-12 Catholic schools.

Among the most ardent advocates of the new masters program has been Notre Dames president emeritus, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

I enthusiastically support this new effort to establish a master of arts degree in educational leadership,he wrote last March.Catholic education across this country will be blessed by the leaders who are prepared to serve as principals through the ACE Leadership Program.

* Contact: * _Father Nuzzi at 574-631-7730 or

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