Catholic Educators Graduate Certificate

Informed by the Benedictine tradition and in accordance with the Magisterium, this 8-credit certificate program provides the formation upon which to build a solid Catholic pedagogy and identity.

Focused on the teachings of the Church, Catholic educators in this certificate program will be formed in a way consistent with the Church’s foundational teachings. Educators will be prepared to incorporate the Church’s teachings throughout all areas of their classroom, not only during religion classes, in this collaborative program designed for working educational professionals.

Take the First Step
Get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission.
We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

1.8 million
Number of U.S. students enrolled in Catholic school

Program Length

8 credits/4 courses


  • Blended with courses online and at our main campus in Bismarck, ND

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Program For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Catholic educators who are called to form their students with leadership in the service of truth
  • Public educators who want to move into Catholic school education
  • Students who want to take a meaningful step toward earning a master's in Catholic Studies
  • Any educator interested in Catholic teachings

Career Paths

  • Teacher
  • Educational Administrator
  • Educational Leader within the Church

What You’ll Learn

  • The history of western education and how it developed out of a synthesis of Greek philosophy and Jewish revelatory traditions informed by the intellectual foundations of the Church.
  • How the Catholic educational system in the United States developed at the nexus of missionary enterprise and social reform.
  • How Catholic educators have adapted methodology and philosophy to educate the whole person in the face of a broad-based and diverse U.S. student population.
  • How Catholic principles can be applied today to address the moral and ethical issues faced by today’s Catholic educators.

The University of Mary is doing a tremendous service to Catholic education by offering this program. Educators who are deeply formed in Catholic understanding are an irreplaceable resource in forming their students with the gifts of leadership in the service of truth. They bring to their classrooms the light and beauty of an education based on the life and model of Christ and the traditions of the Catholic Church. Their most important and vital role is to guide young people to integrate learning and faith, to set them forth to become virtuous leaders in the world.

Reed Ruggles, Principal, St. Mary’s Central High School

Program Details

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!
  • Blended with courses online and at our main campus in Bismarck, ND

History of Western Education (2 credits)

Explore the changing nature and purposes of Western education from the Greek philosophical tradition and Jewish revelatory tradition to the Christian synthesis of both. Discover the drama of its developments, including challenges by modernism and contemporary issues. 

Catholic Education in America (2 credits)

Journey through the historical development of a Catholic educational system in the United States at the nexus of missionary enterprise and reform. Encounter how educators drawn from the Catholic intellectual tradition to adapt methodology and philosophy to form the whole person across widely divergent student populations, including recent immigrants, Native Americans, and the urban poor.

Principles of Catholic Ed (2 credits)

Master principles of Catholic education: faith and reason, the mind’s fulfillment in truth, and human flourishing as the purpose of education. Apply these principles to education today, such as current trends, use of technology, theories of instruction and assessment, etc.

For a list of courses for the Loading..., please visit the catalog.

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  • Tuition: $500/credit
  • Technology fee: $43 per credit
  • Parking fee (evening class participants only): $25 per semester

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the certificate program:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts
    • Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to [email protected]

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