Saint Mary’s University, Diocese of Winona-Rochester partner on new graduate program

Program will begin in fall

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) — Saint Mary’s University will start a 15-credit graduate certificate program with the Catholic School Leadership degree.

The new Christ the Teacher program is a joint initiative between the university and the Diocese of Winona-Rochester to support Catholic school teachers in the diocese who are interested in continuing their education.

The certificate in Catholic School Leadership is a cohort-based program that will be taught in-person and online from Saint Mary’s Minneapolis campus, officials said. Students will consider most crucial issues facing educators today from a Catholic perspective to better engage their students, colleagues, families, and the community.

“Catholic dioceses need quality teacher preparation, as they play such a crucial role,” said Winona-Rochester Bishop  John Quinn. “St. John Baptist de La Salle founded the brothers to be teachers, and Saint Mary’s continues this tradition of preparing faith-based educational leaders.”

Students seeking their Masters, all 15 credits of the graduate certificate program can be applied to the M.A. in education, can allow students to earn their degree in two years.

The program will begin next fall.

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