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Develop as a Lasallian Leader

Lasallian leaders believe that everyone deserves access to education, regardless of age, class, or income. They also believe that compassionate teaching methods can develop the inherent dignity that every student possesses.

With an Masters of Arts in Lasallian Leadership from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, you’ll be able to lead your school or organization forward with these key values. This progressive program combines Lasallian formation and organizational leadership.

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your M.A. in Lasallian Leadership degree in a little more than one year.
  • A cohort model allows for a small team of students to collaborate in convenient locations across the state. Additional online instruction and activities supplement these face-to-face interactions. Cohorts are currently offered in several locations throughout the state. Additional cohorts begin every eight weeks. 
  • To apply, you'll need to submit an application, $25 application fee, résumé, brief personal statement outlining your professional and educational goals, official transcripts, and letters of reference. For more information, visit the graduate admission page.

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Locations

This program is offered at our Twin Cities location.

Degree Requirements

Option One: Buttimer Institute 32 cr.

Option One is a combination of credit for participation in the Buttimer Institute, one weekend of face-to-face classes and independent study or online learning.  Students are required to submit reflection papers to earn credit for Buttimer.

LLS504 Lasallian Historical Context (6 cr.)

In this course students reflect on the theme of the Lasallian vocational journey of the educator through an examination of Saint John Baptist's de La Salle's life and the writings of contemporary scholars.

LLS505 Lasallian Educational Philosophy (6 cr.)

In this course students analyze the pedagogical and catechetical writings of De La Salle in terms of the contemporary Lasallian educational mission. 

LLS506 Lasallian Spirituality (6 cr.)

In this course students integrate Lasallian spirituality with the previous historical and educational themes to influence and enhance their own personal spirituality. 

LLS600 Leadership Communication (3 cr.)

This course focuses on the skills and methods required by leaders to facilitate communication with various constituencies. Included are academic writing skills, public speaking, presentation skills and utilizing technology to facilitate communication.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Create leadership communications in a variety of formats
  2. Critique the effectiveness of various types of technology to facilitate communication
  3. Synthesize academic literature into written communications
  4. Analyze communication methods targeted to a variety of audiences
  5. Critique communication strategies in a Lasallian context.

LLS690 Capstone Project (2 cr.)

The capstone project includes a reflective portfolio that documents the learning in each course. Students create an on-line portfolio as they progress through the program. Upon completion of the program, this portfolio is reviewed and synthesized into a leadership model for a Lasallian ministry and personal development.

LLSXXX Focused Electives (9 cr.)

Choose courses in one of four thematic areas:

  • Educational Administration
  • Theology and Spirituality or Pedagogy and Childcare
  • Lasallian Formation Presenter
  • Accompaniment for Mission

Option Two: John Johnston Institute for Contemporary Lasallian Practice 32 cr.

Option Two is a combination of credit for participation in the John Johnston Institute, one weekend of face-to-face classes and independent study or online learning.  Students are required to submit reflection papers to earn credit for the Johnston Institute.

LLS501 Lasallian Mission, Vision, Educational Service to the Poor (5 cr.)

In this course students examine the responsibility, depth, and richness of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the vast network of Lasallian Ministries.

LLS502 Lasallian Vocation, Spirituality and Association (5 cr.)

In this course students explore the Lasallian spirituality and charism in order to articulate their Lasallian vocation commitment through a critical reflection on their own ministry.

LLS503 Lasallian Formation Capstone (4 cr.)

In this course students integrate learning from the entire John Johnson Institute to animate and energize interest and involvement of members of their local ministry, faculty, and staff in formation activities around Lasallian charism and spirituality.

LLS600 Leadership Communication (3 cr.)

This course focuses on the skills and methods required by leaders to facilitate communication with various constituencies. Included are academic writing skills, public speaking, presentation skills and utilizing technology to facilitate communication.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Create leadership communications in a variety of formats
  2. Critique the effectiveness of various types of technology to facilitate communication
  3. Synthesize academic literature into written communications
  4. Analyze communication methods targeted to a variety of audiences
  5. Critique communication strategies in a Lasallian context.

LLS690 Capstone Project (2 cr.)

The capstone project includes a reflective portfolio that documents the learning in each course. Students create an on-line portfolio as they progress through the program. Upon completion of the program, this portfolio is reviewed and synthesized into a leadership model for a Lasallian ministry and personal development.

LLSXXX Focused Electives (9 cr.)

Choose courses in one of four thematic areas:

  • Educational Administration
  • Theology and Spirituality or Pedagogy and Childcare
  • Lasallian Formation Presenter
  • Accompaniment for Mission

Option Three: Initial Lasallian Formation: 32 cr.

The blended coursework is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online instruction.  Students are required to come to Saint Mary's University one weekend each semester to participate in coursework.

LLS500 A Historical Understanding of Lasallian Pedagogy (4 cr.)

This course presents the historical understandings of Lasallian pedagogy, which have formed the basis of modern education in most countries in the western world. Students draw on the writings of De La Salle (patron saint of teachers), in particular The Conduct of Schools, and identify a range of underpinning pedagogies of the Lasallian tradition.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify the pedagogical underpinnings of the Lasallian tradition.
  2. Analyze the historical and social contexts that gave rise to the development of Lasallian pedagogies.
  3. Examine the implications for the application of these pedagogies for the contemporary Catholic school in a pluralist society.

LLS510 A Contemporary Understanding of Lasallian Pedagogy (5 cr.)

In this course, the implications for the leadership and management of the Catholic School in a pluralist society are explored. The relevance and application of Lasallian pedagogies in the contemporary Lasallian school are critically examined, particularly in the context of religious education and the application of teaching and learning strategies.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Evaluate traditional Lasallian pedagogies in the light of contemporary educational and curriculum development.
  2. Analyze an inclusive model of education, based on the Lasallian tradition, encompassing contemporary brain theory, knowledge of learning style, and the development of effective learning centers.
  3. Develop a personal position on appropriate delivery of learning in the context of the Lasallian school within the Catholic tradition.

LLS520 Lasallian Spirituality (5 cr.)

This course explores the spirituality of the teacher through examining a number of De La Salle's texts, and the Scriptures on which they are based. Particular emphasis is given to studying the text, Meditations for the Time of Retreat. Contemporary views of spirituality are examined, with particular emphasis on Catholic education, and the ways in which an authentic Lasallian Catholic culture can be developed in today's pluralistic school or workplace.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze the spirituality of the teacher through various Lasallian and scriptural texts.
  2. Integrate Lasallian spirituality into own practice.

LLS530 Lasallian Leadership (4 cr.)

This course presents a range of skills, attitudes and behaviors directed toward personal, group and organizational levels that contribute to, or detract from, socially responsible and professional leadership. Strategies for developing high levels of personal and institutional integrity and authenticity are presented.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze styles and models of leadership in the light of the Lasallian tradition and gospel values.
  2. Examine the characteristics of a system's or organization’s culture as represented by different models of educational leadership in the Lasallian Catholic school.
  3. Address the challenges for leaders in implementing and sustaining change in entrenched cultures.
  4. Develop strategies and actions to promote high levels of personal and institutional integrity in a leadership role.

LLS600 Leadership Communication (3 cr.)

This course focuses on the skills and methods required by leaders to facilitate communication with various constituencies. Included are academic writing skills, public speaking, presentation skills and utilizing technology to facilitate communication.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Create leadership communications in a variety of formats
  2. Critique the effectiveness of various types of technology to facilitate communication
  3. Synthesize academic literature into written communications
  4. Analyze communication methods targeted to a variety of audiences
  5. Critique communication strategies in a Lasallian context.

LLS690 Capstone Project (2 cr.)

The capstone project includes a reflective portfolio that documents the learning in each course. Students create an on-line portfolio as they progress through the program. Upon completion of the program, this portfolio is reviewed and synthesized into a leadership model for a Lasallian ministry and personal development.

LLSXXX Focused Electives (9 cr.)

Choose courses in one of four thematic areas:

  • Educational Administration
  • Theology and Spirituality or Pedagogy and Childcare
  • Lasallian Formation Presenter
  • Accompaniment for Mission

Choose electives from one of the 4 thematic areas

Focused Elective Area: Educational Administration

LLS610 Nonprofit Finance & Funding (3 cr.)

This course presents the components of non-profit finance and investigates various forms of ministry funding. Fund raising strategies, alternative sources of funding, and budget development are discussed.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Critique fundraising methods.
  2. Analyze alternative sources of funding.
  3. Create a ministry budget.
  4. Synthesize the principles of fund raising into a strategic funding plan.

LLS620 Curriculum & Assessment (3 cr.)

Curriculum design models and assessment principles appropriate for Lasallian ministries are discussed. Design, articulation and assessment of curriculum for adult and student audiences are explored.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Compare and contrast curriculum designed for adult and student learners.
  2. Evaluate curriculum models.
  3. Evaluate the appropriateness of various forms of assessment.
  4. Integrate assessment into curriculum development.
  5. Synthesize curriculum into an articulated whole.

LLS630 Supervisory Principles (3 cr.)

This course explores supervising staff in Lasallian ministries. Formative supervision, accompaniment, and adult learning principles are presented.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Evaluate adult learning principles.
  2. Integrate Lasallian pedagogy into the process of formative supervision.
  3. Synthesize accompaniment into supervisory practices.
  4. Analyze the components of supervision in the context of a Lasallian ministry.

LLS640 Strategies for Ministry Planning (3 cr.)

This course explores the process of school (ministry) planning. Topics include stakeholder analysis, facilitating change, project management and planning models.

Upon completion of the program, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Critique a variety of planning models.
  2. Analyze stakeholders in a Lasallian context.
  3. Evaluate the processes of organizational change.
  4. Synthesize the processes of project management into the planning process.

Focused Elective Area: Theology and Spirituality or Pedagogy and Childcare

LLSxxx Theology and Spirituality or Pedagogy and Childcare ( cr.)

Students choosing this area work with a mentor to design a course of study.  This may involve face-to-face coursework, independent study, or blended learning.

Focused Elective Area: Lasallian Formation Presenter

LLS540 Curriculum Development (3 cr.)

This course focuses on designing and evaluating curriculum and instructional strategies to create Lasallian formation programs. 

LLS541 Presentation Skills (3 cr.)

This course covers strategies for researching, organizing, and developing presentations and techniques for confident delivery.

LLS542 Teaching and Learning Technology (3 cr.)

In this course students combine content knowledge, instructional goals, and learning technology capabilities to create meaningful learning opportunities.

LLS543 Adult Learning and Development (3 cr.)

This course is designed to study and apply learning theories to engage diverse adult learners in professional and personal development. 

LLS544 Assessment of Formation Effectiveness (3 cr.)

This course provides methods to gather and interpret data on programmatic and institutional activity to improve formation offerings. 

Focused Elective Area: Accompaniment for Mission

LLSxxx Accompaniment for Mission ( cr.)

Students choosing this area work with a mentor to design a course of study.  This may involve face-to-face coursework, independent study or blended learning.

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