Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education

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Loyola University Chicago



Leading Inclusive Catholic Schools LInCS Certificate Program (online, 12 credit hours)

  • Participants will self-assess their schools and design the necessary systems, structures, and practices to support all learners
  • The program is geared towards Catholic School Principals, Assistant Principals, Diocesan Leadership, and Teacher Leaders (Special Educators, Inclusion Programs Directors/ Coordinators, and Interventionists)
  • Courses include Special Education and the Catholic School, Three-Tier Prevention: Advanced Primary Supports, Three-Tier Prevention: Secondary and Tertiary Supports, The Exceptional Child.

Catholic School Leadership MEd (online or blended format, 36 credit hours)

  • Catholic identity integral throughout coursework, preparing candidates to be a faith leader as well as an instructional leader in their classes

Certificate in Instructional Coaching (online, 12 credit hours) 

  • Courses could be applied to MEd in Administration and Supervision with Principal Licensure 


Program for Inclusive Education (PIE)

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Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), University of Notre Dame




Inclusive Educator Preparation [Certification; hybrid instruction, 18 credits)

  • Educators develop an inclusive school culture by encompassing validated frameworks and employing evidence-based practices. Content (instruction/intervention) is integrated with classroom teaching and student data are utilized to connect theory with practice.
  • Completion leads to additional licensure in Exceptional Needs: Mild Intervention (Indiana); Comparable licensure across the United States with transfer.
  • Coursework 
    • Summer I (Online):
      • Foundations of Inclusive Education
      • Collaboration & Critical Elements of Inclusion
    • Fall (Online):
      • Literacy Methods & Assessment for Inclusion
    • Spring (Online):
      • Advanced Methods & Assessment for Inclusion
    • Summer II (On Campus—2 weeks in July):
      • Policy & Effective Practice in Special Education
      • Integrated Seminar for Inclusive Education

Professional Development & Coaching

  • Half-, full-, and 2-day customized onsite workshops by national experts
  • Online modules
  • Virtual coaching & collaboration



FIRE Foundation

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Inclusion in Action in Catholic Schools Conference 

This conference is designed to light the way for Catholic schools who wish to welcome and support students with special needs. We believe that our Catholic faith calls all of us to be inclusive. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start. And it’s always essential to continue learning and growing. Whether you’re considering the idea of formally offering inclusive education opportunities at your school for the very first time or you are seeking new information to strengthen and expand your existing inclusion program, this conference is for you! FIRE Foundation hosts and presents this conference on a biennial basis.