NCEA and Villanova School of Business’s Center for Church Management Offer Certificate in Catholic School Management

Catholic school leaders can access a resource to enhance management and leadership skills.

Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and Villanova School of Business’s Center for Church Management, have partnered to develop the Certificate in Catholic School Management. The program will equip school leaders with the tools they need to successfully guide Catholic schools for years to come and to continue the legacy of this invaluable ministry of the Catholic Church. Registration will open on November 1, 2020.

"This venture is another way NCEA is working to nurture qualified and engaged leaders in Catholic school education," said NCEA Interim President/CEO Kathy Mears. "We want our talented leadership to have opportunities to grow and cultivate the very specific skills necessary to lead Catholic schools."

Since its inception by St. John Neumann, the Catholic parochial school system has served the U.S. Catholic Church as a vehicle for catechesis, evangelization and the cultivation of vocations. Administrators in these Catholic schools are typically required to be certified as supervisors and principals by their state public education systems, which often involves completion of a master’s degree in an educational discipline. However, these programs tend to include very few classes on the management aspects of being a principal or other administrator in a Catholic school, such as strategic planning, facilities management, budgeting for mission, employee talent development and other skills that are critical to the role of a school administrator.

The Certificate in Catholic School Management is a unique program designed to enhance management skills and deepen the spirit of leadership. It will provide principals and administrators with high-quality training in the diverse skills needed to successfully lead Catholic schools. Matthew F. Manion, faculty director for Villanova Center for Church Management, said, "We know this resource will be of great value to school leaders and will better enable them to achieve the mission of Jesus Christ through their schools."

The program begins on January 5, 2021. Those interested in the certificate program can register beginning November 1 at The full course module and FAQs will be available on the Villanova website and the NCEA website.

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In service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, NCEA strengthens Catholic school communities by providing professional development, formation, leadership and advocacy.