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.

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

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts – Please mail the transcripts to the University of Mary at 
  • Office of Graduate Admissions
    University of Mary
    7500 University Drive
    Bismarck, ND 58504

Did you graduate from the University of Mary? We’ll request your transcripts for you! Contact your admissions representative today to learn more! 

Note: Current students with senior status (greater than 90 semester credits earned) may enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

For a list of courses for this program, visit the catalog.

  • Blended with courses online and at our main campus in Bismarck, ND
  • Tuition: $500/credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • Technology/Safety fee: $35 per credit
  • Parking fee (evening class participants only): $25 per semeste

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