College of Education > About > College News & Features > Faculty Launch Catholic School Microcredential
By Kate Hinkle, Graduate Counseling Student /
February 8, 2021 /
Posted in: Feature Article /
Dr. Donna Kiel, Director of the Office of Innovative and Professional Learning (OIPL) and faculty member Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, former superintendent of Catholic schools for the Chicago Archdiocese, have collaborated to create two microcredentials that partner DePaul University with the Office of Catholic Schools. These two microcredentials offer Catholic schools, teachers, and students the opportunity to gain competency in the areas of Catholic identity, with this year’s emphasis on justice, and social and emotional learning (SEL).
While the SEL microcredential was designed for individuals, the Catholic Identity program was created for learning communities. The Catholic Identity program consists of eight modules and also offers a badge upon completion. This year, the value of justice was chosen to be the central theme and is apropos of recent historical events. In one module, students learn about champions of justice in history and discuss ways to incorporate this central value into their own lives. The Catholic Identity microcredential is being piloted this year at Christ Our Savior, South Holland; Infant Jesus of Prague, Flossmoor; St. Benedict, Blue Island; St. Ann; and St. Ailbe.