The Catalyst Program

Course: The Catalyst Program

Audience: Aspiring Catholic school leaders
Method: Online learning
Duration: 4 months
Cost: $150 for protégé (no cost for mentor)

Limited to 15 mentor/protégé pairs. Mentors are not required to participate in the online learning portion of this program, but they do need to register. After a protégé registers, a signup form will automatically be sent to their indicated mentor.

Teachers and principals: Pair up and join the online Catalyst program, which is designed to grow the Catholic school leadership skills of aspiring leaders. Teachers, in partnership with their mentoring principal and as members of an online cohort, will take on day-to-day school leadership tasks, explore seminal writings on Catholic education and develop a school improvement project that responds to the needs of the school community.


This comprehensive, national leadership development program is intended to identify aspiring Catholic school leaders in K–12 Catholic schools and provide opportunities, through mentoring and immersion, for Catholic school leadership development. All coursework will be completed online. Participants will not need to attend the Creighton campus.

45 Professional Development Hours

Mentors are not required to participate in the online learning portion of this program. Principals and teachers who do successfully complete the coursework will earn a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional development, and if they apply and are admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Catholic School Leadership program at Creighton University or our Educational Leadership master’s program, they may also be eligible for up to three hours of awarded credit in one of these programs.