Graduate Certificate in Catholic School Admin (G.C.C.S.A.)

The Graduate Certificate in Catholic School Administration (G.C.C.S.A.) is a basic certificate offered for teachers who are preparing to assume leadership roles in Catholic schools.

Admission Requirements

A B.Ed. degree or a bachelor degree plus a teaching certificate or equivalent is required for admission to the program. Candidates with a bachelor degree plus work experience in an educational setting may also be considered.  These applicants must also provide a Criminal Records Check unless they are employed by a school board in Alberta.

This program is not Designated and ineligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit. 

Procedure for Admission

  • Submit a completed Application Form and $45.00 non-refundable application fee.
  • Arrange for transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended to be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office from the issuing educational authority. No photocopies permitted.
  • Letters of reference from one person qualified to judge the applicant’s character and intellectual ability.

Certificate Requirements

The G.C.C.S.A. requires the completion of all four related courses (12 credits). No transfer credits or substitutions are permitted.

Program Outline

4 Courses:

CSA 571 Foundations of Catholic School Administration 3 Credits

CSA 573 Theory & Praxis in Catholic School Administration 3 Credits

CSA 585 Selected Topics in Catholic School Administration 3 Credits

CSA 587 Issues in Catholic School Administration 3 Credits

Note: All courses from the G.C.C.S.A. program are eligible for transfer credit into the M.R.E. program. 

Course Descriptions

CSA 571 Foundations of Catholic School Administration

3 Credits
In-depth study of specific topics in and approaches to Catholic school administration. Examples may include: the educational philosophy and history of Catholic schools; Church documents of Catholic education; the role of a Catholic school in a pluralistic society. Emphasis will be on ways to integrate a Catholic vision into mandated curricula, programs, staffing, and professional development of teachers.


CSA 573 Theory and Praxis in Catholic School Administration

3 Credits
In-depth study of specific topics in and approaches to Catholic school administration and leadership. Examples may include: Gospel-based leadership and supervision; school law and Catholic schools; interactive relationship of school/ family/parish/diocese; social justice issues facing Catholic schools; peace education; strategic planning; ecumenical dialogue and practice.


CSA 585 Special Topics in Catholic School Administration

3 Credits
A study of selected topics such as: the place of scripture in the life of the Catholic school; crisis management; liturgical celebrations in the schools; place of technology; integration of faith and sports; gender related issues; fundamentalism; media.


CSA 587 Issues in Catholic School Administration

3 Credits
An examination of Gospel values and principles involved in building ethical schools with particular attention to topics such as teacher rights and responsibilities; coercion; indoctrination; racial and ethnic bias; sexism; conflict management; power issues; ethics and technology; communal moral discernment.