Becoming Professional Administrators
To prepare for their service and witness as principals, Leadership participants undergo an intensive formation and preparation program designed and administered by the University of Notre Dame. Under the direction of the Rev. Ronald J. Nuzzi, Ph.D., the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program integrates graduate level coursework with an administrative internship experience, allowing potential leaders to work toward state certification and licensure for service as school principals while teaching and helping to lead a Catholic school.
Courses are offered through a 43-credit hour sequence delivered over 26 months, including five-week summer sessions, a distance-learning enhanced administrative internship during the school year, and annual retreats. The centerpiece of the summer programs is an innovative, inter-disciplinary curriculum, taught by a distinguished faculty from Notre Dame and around the country. Leadership participants receive on-site support from mentor principals and occasional site visits by ACE faculty and staff to monitor professional progress. The curriculum is specifically tailored to foster Catholic school leadership. The program culminates in a master’s degree in educational administration for all participants and with state principal certification for those with teaching licenses.