This program is designed for a person with a bachelor's degree who is interested in earning an initial Nebraska teaching certificate to teach at the elementary level. This program is accredited/approved by state, regional and national accrediting agencies, including the National Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation Programs (CAEP), the Nebraska Department of Education, and the Department of Education at Creighton University. The endorsement certifies recipients to teach grades K-6 in public schools, grades K-8 in parochial schools. This program includes state-required courses shared with the undergraduate teacher-preparation program, graduate-only professional coursework, and a student teaching semester. Two undergraduate courses in elementary education must be completed in addition to this program. Many courses include field experience at an elementary school and the Creighton preservice teacher must arrange his or her own transportation. Prior to any education program coursework or field experience, the teacher education candidate must sign and have notarized two affidavits assuring that,

  1. he or she does not have a felony or misdemeanor conviction involving abuse, neglect, or sexual misconduct; and
  2. the teacher education candidate is in sound mental capacity.

The candidate must maintain this status throughout the program, a GPA of 2.0 or above, and passing scores on the Praxis Core Exams.  Also, prior to the first field experience, and again prior to student teaching, the preservice teacher must have a satisfactory background check through the Education Department.

Program Goals for M.Ed. Elementary School Teaching

Graduates will:

  1. Understand human development and appreciate diverse learners.
  2. Plan and use a variety of instructional strategies to accommodate diverse learners and help all students succeed and fulfill their potential.
  3. Plan and use a variety of assessment strategies to diagnose learner needs and evaluate learning outcomes.
  4. Collaborate with colleagues, parents, and community members to assist learners and to advance the school’s mission.
  5. Value and exhibit the Ignatian / Jesuit charisms of cura personalis (personal care), magis (excellence), men and women for and with others (service and justice), and contemplation in action (reflective ethical decision making).
  6. Learn how to communicate effectively and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in diverse school settings.
  7. Develop the ability to think critically and apply critical thinking skills.

M.Ed. Elementary School Teaching Prerequisites

A bachelor's degree with at least six semester hours in each of these content areas for a minimum of 30 credit hours in the following areas (minimum of 6 hours in each area):

  • Communication, including literature, composition and speech
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science

There are two undergraduate courses that are also required to be completed prior to student teaching (3 credits each):

EDU 104Integration of Art, Music, and PE3
EDU 131Literature for Children3
or EDU 587 Methods Of Teaching Religion In Elementary School

M.Ed. Elementary School Teaching Degree Requirements

This is a 41-hour program. Scholarships for 50% of tuition costs are available to qualified students. Courses required are:

EDU 510Growth And Development Of Children And Adolescents3
EDU 525Procedures for Including Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities in the Regular Classroom3
EDU 535Human Relations And Cultural Diversity3
EDU 565Methods Of Teaching Language Arts In Elementary School3
EDU 566Methods of Teaching of Elementary Reading3
EDU 567Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School3
EDU 568Engaged in Math: Effective Methodologies for Pre-Service Elementary School Teachers3
EDU 569Methods of Teaching Science in Elementary School3
EDU 500Literacy Assessment & Measurement3
EDU 601Instructional Technology for the Classroom3
EDU 583Management Practices For Classroom Teachers3
EDU 572Action Research and Assessment for Teachers3
EDU 591Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)3-14
EDU 593Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) Seminar1
Total Credits40-51