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Institute Brings Hundreds of Catholic Educators to Benedictine Campus

Benedictine College is hosting the annual conference of The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education (ICLE) during the week of July 8. Over 450 leading Catholic educators are in attendance as they strive to deepen their understanding of the nature and purpose of Catholic education and its roots in the liberal arts tradition. The Institute inspires and equips Catholic educators to help renew today’s K-12 Catholic schools by drawing on the Church’s tradition of education.

Aligned with this mission is The Sheridan Center for Classical Studies at Benedictine College. The Sheridan Center promotes the liberal arts and the Catholic intellectual tradition, introducing students to the power of a living tradition to renew culture and to transform individuals through the intellectual and moral virtues.

In December, Benedictine College announced that it will offer two new master’s degrees in Classical Education through the Sheridan Center:

Benedictine College President Stephen Minnis said, “We are extremely excited to move the college into a leading position in the growing and exciting classical education movement in America. These new master’s degrees come on the heels of Benedictine College establishing a classical Architecture program, the Sheridan Center for Classical Studies, a Classics Department, and an endowed Chair of Classics.”

The new master’s degree programs are designed to be completed in two years and will be offered in a blended format. Cohorts begin each summer with a two-week intensive experience at Benedictine’s campus and continue their education during the fall and spring semesters via online instruction. The degrees are intended for teachers and administrators to complete while remaining on the job. The degrees are accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and the college has made a special effort to keep them affordable at $300 per credit hour. The programs join the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Arts in Teaching and the Master of Arts in School Leadership as post-graduate offerings from Benedictine College.

“Students will receive the what, the why and the how of classical liberal arts education” in these programs, said Krystyn Schmerbeck, Director of Master’s Programs in Classical Education at Benedictine College. “Students will work together to explore, discover, and practice how to implement classical liberal arts instruction and leadership in the context of their current classroom or leadership position.”


Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.