Specialist in Educational Leadership at centres undergoing change and innovation processes

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End: May 31, 2019

1 years (Full-time study)

Hacienda de Pavones, 5

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Credits: 25 ECTS

Once of the main lines of action of the Catholic Schools of Madrid (ECM), is to facilitate training and development for the educational centres that comprise it. The educational world is changing and it is evident that in the next few years, the majority of centres will go from classic, traditional teaching-learning models to more complex models, based on active pedagogical approaches.

Once of the key success factors will be the performance and leadership provided by school management teams. Said teams must move from an old model which is only based on management or administration aspects, or in static regulations and the organisation of the centre, to one with the added value of shared leadership and management action. When dealing with these changes, we risk losing our original identity signs on the way.

A manager at any educational centre who intends to implement changes must have multiple competences and knowledge, and his/her duty will be as complex as that of any other sector's manager, or even more.


The basic idea of the postgraduate programme is transfer. The main objective is that by the end of the programme, all managers enrolled in it are able to design and implement a realistic plan or strategy in their organisations to foster or improve the required educational change.

Also, this postgraduate programme focuses on the centre's educational project and its ideology, and the potential gap between it and the classroom's reality; this is even more important in catholic centres.

The following points summarise the postgraduate methodological approach.

  • Combination of contents related to management training, within the context of the education sector, with a highly pedagogic and technification content.
  • Methodological innovation (co-assessment, case study, typical dynamics of team work, shared intelligence, etc.)
  • The training will be supported by a tutor in all sessions, who will coordinate the different modules and the personal work of participants; additionally, students will be supported by first-level, experienced instructors and lecturers of their relevant fields of study.
  • Mentoring and tutoring during the postgraduate programme.
  • Virtual learning environment, in which all contents and activities for the postgraduate programme will be uploaded, with collaborative working dynamics.
  • Common and team objective (decalogue of the FERE manager, graphics, etc.)
  • Promoting change in educational centres by means of a well-grounded reasoning, in line with the centre's own nature.
  • Developing a consistent, modern concept diagram regarding the innovation processes.
  • Leading the design or application of a consistent curriculum project for the work in the classroom.
  • Developing a conceptual diagram for the planning, management of resources, measuring efforts and assess the actions and projects with strategic management tools.
  • Acknowledging and understanding the role of new technologies as the influence and drive for the improvement of all processes at the educational centre.
  • Knowing and applying different strategies for managing and leading teams and persons, by applying a leadership model which is in line with the institution's identity and values.
  • Showing the identity keys which justify our educational offer from educational marketing tools, by creating effective bounds with existing or potential customers.

During the course of the postgraduate programme, participants will grow professionally through the suggested contents and activities, but also through team work the professional value provided by the team. For this first edition, it is key for the success of the programme that the participants have a high profile and level of competence. It would be desirable that participants come from centres with a clear commitment for change and are:

  • Members of the ownership structure of educational centres.
  • Members of management teams of educational centres.
  • Professionals with key roles and a first-level professional projection.

(All of them at centres undergoing change or innovation processes)


The fees for this activity amount to €3,950, and includes the diploma of University Specialist awarded by the Universidad Pontificia Comillas For students employed by the Centre, registration may be processed through an Individual Training Programme (PIF); this way, the centre may will be eligible to claim the cost of the course.


For further information on the contents or finance options, you may call 913288007 and ask for Juan Carlos or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Fill and send the registration form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pre-enrolment deadline ends on May 31, or until all vacancies are filled.


After attending the admission interview organised by FERE, you must complete the enrolment process at the General Secretary Office of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, sending the following documentation within the appropriate deadline:

  • Postgraduate Programme Enrolment
  • Certified copy* of both sides of the original University Degree diploma.
  • Two passport size photographs (colour copies cannot be accepted).
  • Copy of both sides of the National ID document.

*Those students living in Madrid may obtain a free certification of the copy of their diploma at the General Secretary Office of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas.


This postgraduate course has been designed to be taught during the academic course, with the following characteristics:

  • Contact hours on Fridays, every 15 days, in morning and afternoon sessions. See information brochure
  • According to the calendar.


MODULE I: Pedagogical systems and contextualisation to 21st century classrooms. 16 hours

Any education manager must know and be able to convey the pedagogical and scientific bases that support the education decisions taken in line with the centre's identity.

MODULE II: From the education project of the centre to lesson planning. 24 hours

Education projects cannot be a mere document to be submitted to the Inspectorate, they must be implemented in the daily routine of the classroom by means of specific mechanisms.

MODULE III: Education strategies based on quality models. 24 hours

The planning, management and assessment of the specific classroom work must be supported by tools that ensure and facilitate application, improvement, assessment and, where applicable, correction thereof.

MODULE IV: Management of new technologies. 16 hours

The education leader must have certain clear notions when making decisions or participating in conversations for such purpose. Some services may be outsourced, but not the criteria that align the options with the specific education project.

MODULE V: Team and personnel management, education leadership. 24 hours

A real school change is not possible without the involvement of teachers. Team and personnel management may be improved by successful behavioural tools and keys.

MODULE VI: School marketing. 16 hours

Schools must develop their own marketing strategies to know their customers, develop their products, their own brand-identity and the provision of services. It is not about smoke and mirrors, it's about achieving a clear, effective, useful and honest communication.

MODULE VII: Communication for education professionals. 16 hours

A large part of the education leadership function has to do with communication with teachers, parents or students. Controlling a series of basic tools may be important when achieving communication objectives effectively.

MODULE VIII: Closing session and summary. 8 hours

During this postgraduate course, links will be built between participants; these links are one of the main values of the postgraduate programme and will be used by professionals to extend their contact network for future projects.

MODULE IX: Practical work. Preparation of a decalogue and real change project (100 hours).

The basic element of our postgraduate programme is to convey knowledge and provide participants with all necessary tools for inspiring, fostering and supporting innovation and change processes in their centres.

This idea fosters and inspires the preparation of two "practical" elements all through the training programme:

  • Decalogue of the education leader.
  • Real change project for my centre.
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