Liderança Educacional Cristã (MA)


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24 months including 6 months

allotted for monograph.


2 modules in São Paulo
4 modules online
2 final modules at Gordon (Boston, USA)


A bilingual program (Portuguese

and English)

For whom?

Designed for school administrators (directors, principals, coordinators), teachers, aspiring leaders, and also pastors interested in improving the educational areas of the local churches.

Scope of classes

The Program has on-site courses, and distance learning courses. Some of them are taught in English with sequencial translation. The on-site courses consist of week-long modules and some of them will be at CPAJ (São Paulo/SP), and others at Gordon (Wenham, MA, USA – Metropolitan Boston region).

About the course

This course presents proven leadership practices in the field of Christian school education. It grounds the teaching on a solid biblical world and life view, fostering examination of current educational theories, pointing to the best approach that will strengthen personnel, schools and, also, educational efforts of local churches.

✓ CPAJ’s classes demand the presence of the student in the city of São Paulo for 2 weeks (Monday through Friday) during the whole period of the course. These 2 weeks will be non-sequential.

✓ Gordon’s classes demand travel to Boston, MA, and a period of 21 days only once during the Program, unless agreed (and feasible) otherwise, for a two stage presence at Gordon. Housing will be at Gordon’s students’ dorm. Courses tought abroad (at Gordon) will take place during the months of May/June. This includes a last week of an educational tour in the Boston area and two to three days of vacation.


The Program curriculum consists of eight courses. Four of these, taught by Gordon, two in São Paulo/SP; two in Boston/USA. Each one of these courses is taught in a one-week module (Monday through Friday). Four other courses are taught as a distance learning modality (EAD).


For the courses taught in Boston is expected that the student will be there for a two week period. 

At the conclusion of the Program, the student that has fulfilled all requirements and obtained passing grades, will receive the M.A. Degree – Leadership, from Gordon College, authorized by NECHE (New England Commission of Higher Education), internationally recognized. He or she will receive, jointly, the Certification of Magister Artium – Liderança Educacional Cristã, issued by CPAJ, under the authority of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil, life-long and sole associate of Mackenzie, being fully recognized intra-corpusCPAJ certificates are not submitted for evaluation of Brazilian government educational authorities (CAPES), nor is MEC accreditation sought for them.

Course will provide comprehensive liberal arts overview of major issues in leadership perspectives and theories as reflected in the works of leading researchers and theorists. From a Christian perspective, the students will examine profiles of exceptional leaders to identify their humanity and what characteristics (personal traits and skills) provide effective leadership of schools and educational programs. Examination of theory underlying leadership style will enable the identification of a personal leadership style.

Examines from Christian perspective how leadership practices with moral dimension built around purpose, values, and beliefs can transform a school into an outstanding organization marked by commitment, dedication and service. Through theological lens, students examine how transformational leaders respond to situations they encounter and reflect on how their own moral values and ethical understandings enable principled decision making. Use of case studies that represent situations often faced by educational leaders are significant instructional strategy in this course.

Course explores the nature and function of supervision relative to being a leader of leaders, which can be a challenge. Steps to develop collegial supervision are studied with an emphasis on planning, organizing, and evaluating leadership. Course will explore the transition from supervising of teachers to managing and supervising administrators and other campus leaders. Retention and evaluation of staff will be examined. Students will be introduced to entrepreneurial structures and the process of building a school culture of innovation along with cultural diversity.

Based on the theology of the 16th Century Reformation, this course introduces the student to the concept of a world and life view (weltanschauung) and sketches the main framework of a Christian worldview, fostering reflection as to its principal implications to the field of education, to leadership in education and to the challenges faced to a Christian school. Elements of biblical and philosophical theology, and the tradition of reformed thought are considered as a background throughout the course.

Case studies and problem-based learning are used to address challenging issues encountered by leaders. Students develop personal skills and confidence using leadership theories and strategies introduced in LEA 701. Through a case-study and problem-based learning approach, major issues and perspectives of leadership are examined with emphasis on problem-solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, ethics, and building relevant community connections from a biblical worldview. Participants will study how to work with governing boards, solve financial issues, foster collaboration, student achievement, and school improvement.

Course provides administrators with tools for effectively navigating curriculum. Identifies and implements effective instructional strategies and utilizes appropriate performance measures for assessing instructional resources and commitments that drive instructional decisions. The course will also develop strategies for the integration of faith and learning within and across the curriculum. The co-curricular environment will be examined to provide holistic learning within the school. The class will work as an administrative team comprised of leaders in varying roles in order to understand the relationship between leadership and assessment to explore content from those perspectives.

A leader must possess those skills and understandings that best enable one to work with other adults. Course focuses on ways to manage change to build a strategic campus culture. Topics include personnel searches, interviewing, staff selection, teacher induction, professional development, policymaking, teacher contracts, promotion, dismissal, and conflict management. Course also addresses strategic thinking and the process of enlisting support for creative, positive change along with interpersonal dynamics.

Discussion of the most influential educational theories in the contemporary pedagogical scenery, with emphasis on the Brazilian school system, presenting a biblically oriented critical analysis of these theories, and how they reflect on leadership practices, both in the classroom as well as in management and philosophical orientation of Christian schools.