These programs are designed for college graduates (with certain undergraduate degrees) who are interested in earning their Nebraska teaching certificate with a master’s degree. These programs are accredited/approved by state, regional, and national accrediting agencies, including the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Nebraska Department of Education.

Secondary (7-12) teaching endorsements are offered in the following areas: English, French, History, Religious Education (P-12), and Spanish.

The department also offers field endorsements in the following areas: Art (P-12), Language Arts, Mathematics (6-12), Science, and Social Science.

Many courses include field experience at an elementary or secondary 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, a) he or she does not have a felony or misdemeanor conviction involving abuse, neglect, or sexual misconduct; and b) the teacher education candidate is in sound mental capacity. The candidate must maintain this status throughout the program. 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. Secondary School Teaching

1.           Learner Development

The teacher candidate understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

2.           Learning Differences

The teacher candidate uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.

3.           Learning Environments

The teacher candidate works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

4.           Content Knowledge

The teacher candidate understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.

5.           Application of Content

The teacher candidate understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

6.           Assessment

The teacher candidate understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.

7.           Planning for Instruction

The teacher candidate plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.

8.           Instructional Strategies

The teacher candidate understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

9.           Professional Learning and Ethical Practice (Ignatian Values—contemplation in action, magis, cura personalis, men & women for and with others)

The teacher candidate engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

10.        Leadership and Collaboration

The teacher candidate seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

M.Ed. Secondary School Teaching Degree Requirements

There are two ways that this Master's degree can be pursued.

Accelerated M.Ed. in Secondary School Teaching

This 32-hour option is for students seeking to receive a standard master’s degree and/or teaching certificate. Scholarships for 1/2 of tuition costs are available to qualified students. Courses required are:

EDU 503Foundations of Education1
EDU 510Growth And Development Of Children And Adolescents3
EDU 525Procedures for Including Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities in the Regular Classroom3
EDU 548Teaching Reading In Content Areas In Middle And Secondary Schools3
EDU 551Methods Of Instruction For Secondary Teaching3
EDU 575Action Research in Your Content Area3
EDU 583Management Practices For Classroom Teachers3
EDU 591Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)3-14
EDU 593Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) Seminar1
EDU 601Instructional Technology for the Classroom3
EDU 535Human Relations And Cultural Diversity3
EDU 652Differentiating High School Teaching3
Total Credits32-43

Magis Catholic Teacher Corps

This 34-hour option seeks to develop a core of highly motivated teachers to serve in underserved Catholic Schools. Each year a new cohort is admitted into the program. Upon acceptance, Magis teachers will make a commitment for two years to live in community and pursue professional and spiritual development while serving as full-time teachers in selected Catholic schools. This program is offered at no tuition cost to the participants. Courses required are:

EDU 503Foundations of Education1
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 548Teaching Reading In Content Areas In Middle And Secondary Schools3
EDU 551Methods Of Instruction For Secondary Teaching3
EDU 583Management Practices For Classroom Teachers3
EDU 601Instructional Technology for the Classroom3
EDU 572Action Research and Assessment for Teachers3
EDU 675Special Methods for Magis Teachers3
EDU 686Beginning Practicum In Catholic Education1
EDU 687Advanced Practicum In Catholic Education1
EDU 688Beginning Internship In Catholic Education1
EDU 689Advanced Internship In Catholic Education3
Total Credits34

Related Programs

The Education and Theology Departments offer additional certification programs.  Please see the Theology department program descriptions in this catalog for the dual degree M.Ed./M.A. Theology program.