Master of Arts in School Leadership

MASL, Department of Education

Dr. Matthew Ramsey teaches class

While Benedictine College has a strong emphasis on undergraduate liberal arts education, the College has developed a limited number of graduate programs in accordance with the longstanding tradition of responding to the needs of the times. The MBA is the generally accepted degree for professional managers of business and nonprofit organizations.

Department Overview

Education Department programs are built upon the framework of “Educators as Builders of Community.” The programs call for future teachers and administrators to perceive their roles in education as developers of community. The learning community is within classrooms and schools, as well as outside their walls. Not only do education graduates work toward building community with students, families, and members of the local community, but they see a purpose of education to be the development of individuals who assume responsibility for building a healthy community locally, nationally, and globally. Grounded in a Benedictine, liberal arts tradition, the program advocates that the goals and means of the educative process are complementary and seek the pursuit of human dignity and social responsibility.

Degree Objectives

  • Build learning communities where students and teachers make meaningful choices, communicate and collaborate with others, think critically and conceptually, and act justly.
  • Model decision making processes that are inquiry-based, equitable, and reflect the values of Benedictine communities.
  • Actively involve the community as a partner in the educational process.

Related Careers

  • Elementary Teacher
  • Secondary Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Curriculum Developer
  • School Administration


Matthew Ramsey, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
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  • Christi Adams, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Laura Bradfield
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Lindsey Hansen
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Dianna Henderson, Ph.D.
  • Erin McKelvey-Patterson
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Charles Osborn, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus
  • Pamela Pursel
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Matthew Ramsey, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor & Department Chair
  • Noel Rueb
  • Brad Weaver
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Piper Wentz, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor

(33 credit hours)

  • EDUC-5510 Introduction to School Leadership (2)

  • EDUC-5515 Models and Strategies in Instructional Leadership (3)

  • EDUC-5516 Practicum in Instructional Leadership (1)

  • EDUC-5529 Instructional Technology and Applications (2)

  • EDUC-5532 Foundations of Curriculum Development (3)

  • EDUC-5534 Assessment and School Improvement (3)

  • EDUC-6606 School Leadership, Management, and Finance (4)

  • EDUC-6612 Supervision in Education (3)

  • EDUC-6613 Practicum in Supervision (1)

  • EDUC-6622 Educational Law (3)

  • EDUC-6623 Practicum in Legal Ethical and Community Issues (1)

  • EDUC-6640 Partnering with Parents and the Community (3)

  • EDUC-6642 Educational Leadership (3)

  • EDUC-6643 Practicum in the Principalship (1)

  • EDUC-6688 Master’s Comprehensive Exams (cr)