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Master of Arts in Christian Leadership in Education

What is the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership in Education?

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership in Education is an innovative postgraduate programme, leading to a professional qualification. This programme was established by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies of Mary Immaculate College and the degree is awarded by the University of Limerick. It is offered on two campuses: at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, and at Marino Institute of Education, Dublin.

Who is the programme for?

The MA is designed as a specialist post-graduate programme to enhance the development of leadership capacity in the primary and second- level educational sector. It is open to principals, vice- principals and teachers aspiring to roles of leadership or management in education. This programme is also relevant for those who work in support of faith-based education.

What will I study?

The programme content builds on four pillars: Theology, Spirituality, Psychology and Educational Leadership. The programme consists of twelve taught modules. Modules will be delivered in both face-to-face and on-line mode. Students will also be expected to be in a placement (normally the school where they are currently working) and to complete a minor dissertation. The taught modules will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment through essays, projects and journal work.

What are the programme aims?

On successful completion of this programme participants will be able to:

  • Show a critical understanding of the role of Christian leadership in facilitating teaching, learning and education change
  • Relate principles of education leadership to a theological vision of the person, society and the educational enterprise
  • Develop the competencies necessary for leading a faith-based school
  • Plan and evaluate the delivery of education based on a holistic view of the human person, including design, implementation and review of a school plan and school policies
  • Create a framework for reflection on their own personal, spiritual and professional developments as educational leaders in a faith-based educational environment
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with current legislation pertaining to the management of the whole school environment and the skills in applying it
  • Evaluate and apply best practice in building a positive teaching and learning environment in the school based on Christian principles, including the provision of Special Needs
  • Appreciate the nature of the Christian ethos of their particular school and facilitate its support and development

How is the programme assessed?

Assessment is linked to the modular nature of the programme. It consists of assignments based on modules in Year 1, followed by a research proposal and dissertation in Year 2.

Module Listing


Module 1

Christology – Jesus in the New Testament

Module 2

Developing Emotional and Relational Competencies

Module 3

Education Legislation and Governance

Module 4

Christian Spirituality and Ethos

Module 5

The Psychology of Leadership

Module 6

Group Dynamics

Module 7

A Christian Vision of Humanity for Contemporary Culture 

Module 8

A Theology of Leadership

Module 9

Ethics and Social Justice

Module 10

Sacraments and Liturgy

Module 11

Leading a Catholic School in Contemporary Ireland

Module 12

Leading Curriculum Learning in a School Context

Module 13

The Integration Seminar


Module 1

Research Methodology & Proposal Design

Module 2


General information

Duration: 2 years part-time

Award level: NFQ 9

ECTS Credits: 90

Awarding body: University of Limerick

Minimum entry requirements

An honours degree (level 8) with honours II.2 result or higher. Applicants with equivalent qualifications or substantial relevant experience will also be considered.