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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply? All applications are submitted online through our website at http://ace.nd.edu/leadership. Click on the APPLY button to begin your application.

How long does it take to complete the online application? A complete and compelling application requires providing a significant amount of information, responding to several essay questions, securing transcripts and recommendations, and paying a $75 application fee. On the application web site, you will be asked to create a username and password, and the system will save your account information and your application. That way, you can work on the application at your leisure, save it, and return to it at a later time.

What is the deadline to submit an application in order to begin classes next summer? February 1, 2017.

What are the summer dates? The 2017 Remick Leadership summer program is June 29-July 28.

I have been out of school for many years and really don’t keep in touch with any of my previous professors. I see one recommendation is required from a professor. What should I do? It is important that letters of recommendation attest to the candidate’s ability to succeed at graduate level work at the University of Notre Dame. You may substitute a letter of recommendation from another source if a college professor is not available, but be certain to ask that this letter refers explicitly to your academic ability and likelihood of success.

I am currently not employed in a Catholic school, but would someday like to be. Am I eligible for the Remick Leadership Program? No. Participation is limited to those currently in service in Catholic schools and dioceses.

I am currently employed in a Catholic school. Would I continue teaching at my same school and do the internship there? Yes. The principal does need to commit to assigning the intern significant and meaningful administrative responsibilities. This is one of tasks completed and agreed upon during the mentor workshop.

Does the 5-year commitment need to be at the same school? No. It is a five-year commitment to Catholic education.

Do we have to have a mentor? Yes. Mentors are considered the on-site supervisors for the internship which occurs during the first school year after the completion of the first summer session.

Whom should I ask to be my mentor? Typically a building principal, assistant superintendent, or the superintendent. The mentor must be a state certified school administrator, however.

Do mentors need to pay their own way to the summer workshop? No. All costs associated with the mentor workshop are reimbursed by the program. This includes travel, hotel, and meals.

What are the dates for the mentor workshop? The dates for the 2017 mentor workshop are July 26-28. 

What if my mentor cannot attend the mentor workshop? All participants must have someone in attendance at the mentor workshop. Mentors may, if needed, delegate another representative from the school, diocese, or religious community to attend the mentor workshop. Delegates must be empowered to make decisions regarding the internship during the mentor workshop and should provide a full report to the official mentor upon return.

Are scholarship funds available for tuition? Admitted candidates receive a substantial scholarship by virtue of acceptance into the program, reducing the $49,440 cost of the program to $22,440. Additional funding and scholarships are also available, however, and we are committed to ensuring that no one turns away from the program as a result of a financial burden. 

Are there any other resources to help with tuition? Yes. Host schools, dioceses, and religious communities often help support participants by paying a share of their tuition. In return, participants commit to remaining employed with the sponsoring group for a period of years. Other organizations, both regional and national, often offer scholarships to accepted applicants.

I am a single parent. Are there housing options available for families? No. Remick Leadership participants are housed in on-campus residence halls in single, private rooms with central air conditioning, and share common bath and shower rooms at the end of each hall. Residence hall room assignments are typically co-educational by floor.

May families and friends visit? Yes, and most do! There are many hotels very close to campus and one hotel on campus. Families and friends enjoy visiting campus and its many attractive sites and are always welcome to come to Mass. There are also numerous outlets on campus for meals, snacks, and recreation.

Must students live in the on campus residence hall during the summer? No, the residence hall room and a meal pass (room and board) are included with acceptance into the program. Most students choose to live on campus for the sake of convenience, working and studying together, and the experience of community life found by living and working with colleagues. Students from the local area have on occasion lived at home while commuting and vowed religious men and women -- priests, brothers, and sisters -- have lived off campus in their respective religious communities, convents, rectories, or houses.

I already have an earned graduate degree. Must I take the GRE? Yes. The Graduate School of the University of Notre Dame requires that all applicants take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Scores are valid and acceptable for a five year period. Scores older than five years expire and are not acceptable.

I have taken the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) for other graduate work. Is the MAT acceptable in lieu of the GRE? No. The GRE is required.

I recently graduated from Law School. Must I take the GRE? Yes. The GRE is required.

Are there any exceptions to the requirement that all applicants have a recent GRE score? No. All applicants must have a GRE score that is recent in order to be considered for admission. Applications without a GRE score will be considered incomplete.

Is there a minimum GRE Score? No. However, applicants are sometimes admitted as non-degree seeking students because of some concern in their academic history. According to policy, non-degree seeking students must earn a 3.0 grade point average during the first summer to remain in the program and become degree-seeking students.

I have taken a few courses at another university in education. Is it possible to transfer in some credits and have them counted toward my Notre Dame degree? Yes. Students may transfer up to six credit courses from another accredited institution, provided they can demonstrate that the content of the courses are similar to those required for their Notre Dame program and they earned a suitable grade.

What does the class schedule look like on a typical day during summer session? Class are held 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with appropriate time for other activities such as meals, Mass, and community prayer. 

Are there weekend classes? No, classes are not held on the weekend to allow time for Remick Leaders to complete class assignments and to enjoy the community developed in the Summer. 

Are there other weekend program commitments? All Remick Leaders participate in the opening retreat during the first weekend of each Summer. All participants typically attend Sunday Mass together in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart every Sunday evening at 9:00 p.m. 

I live and work outside of Indiana in another state. Can I get my principal certification for my home state after completing the program? Notre Dame has a licensing office and a licensing officer to assist program graduates in obtaining the respective state license.  Our program is accredited in the state of Indiana, and qualified candidates are eligible to obtain this license upon completion of the program.  As licensing requirements can vary state-by-state and are often changing, candidates interested in obtaining licensure in their home state should research the specific requirements for obtaining that license, as additional paperwork, coursework, filing fees, and examinations may be necessary.