Master of Arts - Christian Leadership in Education

Pictured from left to right: (Back Row) Prof. Michael Hayes,President, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick; Br. Michael Murray; Br. John Burke & Mr. Michael Gleeson, Trustees, Marino Institute of Education (Front Row) Sr. Thomasina Finn (CSM), Trustee Mary Immaculate College, Limerick & Dr. Anne O'Gara, President, Marino Institute of Education

Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and Marino Institute of Education, Dublin are pleased to announce a joint collaboration in providing a Masters in Christian Leadership in Education to be taught on both campuses.

This programme has been run in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick for the past two years, and from September 2013 will be offered also on the Marino campus.

The MA in Christian Leadership in Education programme is a two-year, part-time course designed to equip teachers, vice-principals and principals at both primary and second-level with the skills and knowledge they need to exercise competent leadership in faith-based education.

It is open to all who aspire to take on leadership and management roles in education.

Participants will study the current education context and the principles of Christian educational leadership, appreciate the theological vision that underpins the educational enterprise, and discover how to implement the Christian ethos within the learning community.

The location of this programme on the east coast will complement its provision on the west coast, and is intended to make this programme available to people from across the country.

This joint enterprise between the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College, and the Centre for Faith-Based Education at Marino Institute of Education reflects the desire to establish a nationally recognised formal qualification for those interested in leadership within faith-based schools.

In welcoming this new opportunity for Marino Institute of Education, Dr. Anne O’Gara, President, stated that ‘As future leaders participants will develop the ability to understand, communicate and work within an increasingly pluralist and secular society and understand how faith-based education provides a unique contribution to the personal development of students and teachers within the context of the social, technical and cultural needs of our increasingly diverse Irish society’.

Professor Michael Hayes, President Mary Immaculate College in his address at an event on 20th March to formally announce the new joint programme commented ‘The signing of this Memorandum of Agreement between Mary Immaculate College Limerick and Marino Institute of Education Dublin is historic and fully consistent with Mary Immaculate College's Strategic Plan 2012-2016 which commits the College to inter-institutional programme development and delivery, to develop enhanced strategies for life-long learning with an emphasis on partnership, and to broaden provision for Continuing Professional Development (CPD)'.

The signing of a Memorandum of Agreement to formally inaugurate this collaborative enterprise by Mary Immaculate College and Marino Institute of Education in support of the need to develop leadership in primary and secondary schools took place in Marino Institute of Education with an attendance strongly representative of trust and management bodies of faith-based schools.

For those interested in taking the programme at  Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, please contact:

Dr Eugene Duffy,

Course Director,

Mary Immaculate College,



For those interested in taking the programme at Marino Institute, Dublin, please contact:

Dr Denis Robinson, CSSp,

Course Administrator MIE,

Marino Institute of Education,

Griffith Avenue,

Dublin 9.

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A full brochure for the course can be viewed here.