Academic Programs Delivered and Funded by the Murray Institute
The Murray Institute delivers a wide range of graduate programs for people involved in the educational ministries of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. All degrees and certificates are awarded by the University of St. Thomas.
- Education Specialist program (Ed.S.)
- Master of Arts in Education, Leadership, and Administration (in development)
- Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (in development)
- Master of Arts in Religious Education (MARE)
- K-12 Reading Endorsement
- Certificate in English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Certificate in Mathematics Education
- Pastoral Spanish Beginning to Intermediate (non-degree)
- Pastoral Spanish Intermediate to Advanced (non-degree)
- Nonprofit Fundraising for Catholic Schools (non-degree)
People who are currently employed in the educational ministries of the Archdiocese (e.g., Catholic school teachers and administrators, parish religious educators, and directors of religious education) and who have completed at least two years of full-time work in Catholic education are eligible to participate; the programs are tuition-free. See “For Prospective Applicants” for more information.
Every Murray-funded and Murray-delivered program includes courses in Catholic theology. The rationale for incorporating this component is that educational ministers of the Archdiocese cannot be fully effective in their ministry unless they are well formed in their faith and capable of making positive contributions to the Catholic identity of the institutions they serve.
Thanks to our collaboration partners at the University, the School of Education and the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, the Murray Institute continues to add other programs to its list of offerings to meet the changing needs of educational ministers of the Archdiocese.
Murray-Delivered Programs Offered Regionally and Nationally
Although funding for academic programs is limited to employees of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Murray Institute is available to work with other Catholic dioceses and schools to design and deliver programs that will meet the advanced professional development needs of their educational ministers. The involvement of the Murray Institute in a particular diocese should strengthen the educational mission of the local church and contribute to an enlarged vision of community emphasizing collaboration, networking, and dialogue.
The Murray Institute staff is also available to consult with representatives of Catholic dioceses and schools about how they might establish an organization like the Murray Institute to serve the educational needs of ministers in their locale. See “Our Staff” and “Contact Information” for further details.
Pictured are members of Cohort 30 along with their instructor, Dr. Candace Chou. This cohort received a graduate certificate in K-12 Learning Technology in spring 2013.