Fall 2007 Issue

A Higher Calling

The seven archdioceses in Florida, known as the Province of Florida, selected Barry University as the only Catholic institution in the state to offer the Catholic Educational Leadership Degree Program.

The program is being offered by Barry’s Adrian Dominican School of Education.

The Province of Florida received an $875,000 Gendron Grant to make the Catholic Educational Leadership Degree Program possible. As a result, the Province will spend $540,000 over the next five years for Barry to offer the program during the summer at its Miami Shores campus. Approximately 30 graduate students who currently serve as Catholic high school principals or are on their way to becoming principals are taking part in the program, which allows them to earn their master’s or education specialist degree within three summer semesters. There is also an online education element to the program. The first summer semester for the program began June 11 and ran through June 29. Students representing all seven of Florida’s archdioceses participated in the first summer session. The program is being offered over the course of three summers to three separate cohorts.

Under the guidelines of the Catholic Educational Leadership Degree Program, graduate students will take courses in Spirituality and the Art of Leadership, Educational Leadership, Administrative Applications of Technology (online), Principalship, Law for the Non-Public School and more. Over the duration of the five years, professors from Barry University and various Catholic educational experts from across the county will serve as instructors for the program.