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
An examination of Scripture and Tradition as they apply to Catholic school administration and educational leadership. The course will include the scriptural study of administration, the philosophy of Catholic education, Church documents that impact Catholic education, and the spiritual formation of the Catholic school administrator.


CSA 573 Theory and Praxis in Catholic School Administration

3 Credits
An exploration of current models of educational leadership and the practical implication for Catholic school administrators and leaders. The course will include the Catholic administrator as change agent, developing a Catholic school culture, and improving the Catholic identity of the school.


CSA 585 Special Topics in Catholic School Administration

3 Credits
A study of special topics in Catholic school administration, such as secularity, constitutionally protected Catholic education, the vocation of the teacher, threats to Catholic education, gender related issues, fundamentalism, media, and stewardship of creation.


CSA 587 Issues in Catholic School Administration

3 Credits
A study of issues in Catholic school administration, such as Catholic school identity, the family, evangelization, the impact of Papal leadership and current church teaching, our relations with Indigenous people, and trends in church engagement.