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Why Study Catholic School Leadership at Madonna University?

  • Offered in partnership with the Archdiocese of Detroit and Sacred Heart Major Seminary
  • Small class sizes offer more personal instruction
  • Perfect for part-time students with a full-time work commitment
  • Rigorous program with an excellent reputation
  • Focused on collaborative leadership

This Master’s program was designed to prepare Catholic school administrators not only as curriculum, personnel, and financial leaders, but also as leaders in the religious education ministry. This program will help you be an effective administrator, visionary leader and informed advocate for Catholic education, as you build a professional network of fellow students and instructors. You will learn to create staff development programs and assessments that enhance your employees’ service in Catholic education. Upon program completion, you will be eligible for K-12 building administrator certification in Michigan.

CareersGrad SchoolEmployers of Alumni
Elementary or Secondary Principal Educational Specialist Private and parochial schools in the Tri-county area, greater Michigan, out-of-state, and overseas
General Education Teacher Curriculum and Instruction  
  Online Teaching and eLearning  
  Educational Technology  
  Literacy Education  
Dena Jayson

Fr. Jefferson M. ThompsonFr. Jefferson M. Thompson, CSB

Why did you choose Madonna University?
It was a local and reputable Catholic university offering precisely the degree in Catholic school leadership that I was looking for and needed at the time.

What do you think makes the experience and education at Madonna special?
Catholic identity and ethos, class sizes, interpersonal dynamics and interactions between professors and students, knowledgeable and helpful guidance by program directors, Graduation Mass with the Bishop.

What have you been doing since graduation, career wise? (graduate school, employer?)
2012-14: President of Detroit Catholic Central High School, Novi, MI 2014-present: President of St. Michael's College School, Toronto, Canada (my alma mater, also represented by a big Blue M).

How has your Madonna degree played a role in your current position?
Elements from all my Madonna courses continue to inform and influence my ongoing analysis, judgment, planning, and direction of diverse school programs and initiatives. In the leadership of my schools, I have always been guided by our discussions in Dr. Marjorie Checkoway's classes about the important differences between the lifeworld and the systems world in daily school life.

What has been your most rewarding professional or personal experience since graduating?
Being appointed the President of my alma mater. St. Mike's gave me the foundation for life, and it is where I discerned my priestly vocation with the Basilian Fathers.
And also: Having been blessed with the culture and benefits of Catholic education all my life, I continue to receive confirmation time after time from current students, parents, faculty, and staff, as well as alumni students and parents, about the value and importance of the many dimensions of the lifeworld in our school life, which is always supported by the spiritual foundations of faith and service, because it is this pervasive culture that makes the most lasting impression and effects the greatest lasting impact on all generations within our school community.

Daria Files

Daria Files
I originally chose Madonna University because of the tuition discount offered to employees of the Archdiocese of Detroit, but I quickly realized that Madonna was the right choice for me regardless of the discount. At a young age, I knew that I wanted to work in Catholic Education. Once I started teaching in Catholic Schools, I knew that leadership was something that called to me as well. Madonna's Catholic School Leadership program was a perfect fit for me. My experience in the CSL program was definitely a new experience for me as a student. Having attended UofM for undergrad, the more intimate classes were a nice change of pace. I also enjoyed being with other professionals who were passionate about Catholic education, and I enjoyed going through the program knowing that we would be together in a lot of our courses.
Since completing my graduate degree at Madonna, I have continued to teach at Catholic Central High School, but I have been getting involved in school leadership in ways other than applying for official positions in administration. For example, this year I was elected by my colleagues to be on our Principal's Advisory Council. The PAC members are elected to a committee that meets regularly with the Principal to present faculty and staff concerns. In this elected position, I've been able to see school leadership in a completely different capacity. I am honored to have been chosen for this role and have found it to be a rewarding and enlightening experience.
My professional life has seen some smaller scale changes, but my personal life has changed greatly since graduating. My husband and I now have two beautiful daughters; 2 1/2 years and 10 months. As children do, they have added many rewards and a few challenges to our lives. Our family is certainly blessed.

Melissa LambrechtMelissa Lambrecht

Why did you choose Madonna University?
I received a scholarship from the Archdiocese of Detroit.

What do you think makes the experience and education at Madonna special?
I enjoyed the small class sizes, the amazing professors, and the network of friends I made at Madonna.

What have you been doing since graduation, career wise? (graduate school, employer?)
I became a principal at Sacred Heart Catholic School upon graduation.

How has your Madonna degree played a role in your current position?
My degree in Catholic School Leadership has prepared me to be a principal.

What has been your most rewarding professional or personal experience since graduating?
My most rewarding professional experience is to serve this great community of Sacred Heart. Sacred Heart has become my second family. I am blessed to work with such a dedicated professional learning community and caring and supportive pastor. It is so rewarding to see each student grow academically and spiritually. I truly have the best job in the world! My most rewarding personal experience is to see my daughters excel at college and high school. I am blessed to have such a wonderful family that supports my long house or work. My husband Steve and I celebrated 25 years of marriage on June 29th, 2016.