Educational Specialist Areas

Customize the M.S. degree in Educational Specialist Areas by selecting two teacher specialization options (tracks) from Catholic School Leadership, Early Childhood Education, English as a Second Language, Teacher Leadership, or Sports Leadership.

Outcomes for each track offered within the Educational Specialist Areas degree:

Early Childhood Education track outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to use their understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs, and of multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning, to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.
  • Graduates will know about, understand, and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities.  They use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
  • Graduates will know about and understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.  They know about and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence the development of every child.
  • Graduates will be able to understand and use positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children and families.  Graduates will be able to understand, and use a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child’s development and learning.
  • Graduates will be able to use use their knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for each and every young child.  Graduates will be able to understand the importance of developmental domains and academic (or content) disciplines in early childhood curriculum.  They know the essential concepts, inquiry tools, and structure of content areas, including academic subjects, and can identify resources to deepen their understanding.  Graduates will be able to use use their own knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for every young child.
  • Graduates will be able to know and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.  They are continuous, collaborative learners who demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives on their work, making informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources.  They are informed advocates for sound educational practices and policies.

Catholic School Leadership track outcomes

Those who complete the Catholic school leadership certificate program are fully prepared to provide mission-centered leadership and inspire others to embrace a shared vision for the future.

  • Graduates will know how to promote the distinctive mission of Catholic education
  • Graduates will know to lead a school faith community and build a positive Catholic culture
  • Graduates will know what the trends are in Catholic school education
  • Graduates will know how to plan strategically to increase funding and enrollment
  • Graduates will know how to advocate for Catholic schools and their families

Teacher Leadership track outcomes

  • Graduates will become educational leaders who promote the success of all students by enabling a collaborative vision of student success, by sustaining a positive school culture, by effectively managing the school, and by responding to diverse community and political interests in the community.
  • Graduates will be able to lead processes that collect and analyze information and that lead to decisions which effect change and improve the school.
  • Graduates will be become school leaders whose educational values are based on the Ignatian and Education Department charisms of cura personalis, magis, men and women for and with others, and contemplation in action.
  • Graduates will be able to communicate knowledge gained to specialized and non-specialized persons alike orally and in writing.
  • Graduates will incorporate reflective practice and apply ethical principles such as integrity and fairness when making personal and professional decisions.

English as a Second Language (ESL also known as ELL) track outcomes

  • Graduates will know, understand, and use the major theories and research related to the structure and acquisition of language to help English Language Learners’ (ELLs) develop language and literacy and achieve in the content areas.
  • Graduates will know, understand, and use major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct supportive learning environments for ELLs.
  • Graduates will know, understand, and use evidence-based practices and strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing standards-based ESL and content instruction.
  • Graduates will demonstrate understanding of issues and concepts of assessment and use standards-based procedures with ELLs.
  • Graduates will keep current with new instructional techniques, research results, advances in the ESL field, and education policy issues and demonstrate knowledge of the history of ESL teaching. They use such information to reflect on and improve their instruction and assessment practices. Candidates work collaboratively with school staff and the community to improve the learning environment, provide support, and advocate for ELLs and their families.

Sports Leadership track outcomes

  • Identify theories of leadership and how the theories apply to sports leadership;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current issues in sports leadership;
  • Integrate Jesuit charisms and Ignatian practices into sports leadership topics

M.S., Educational Specialist Areas degree requirements (36 credits)

Choose two tracks from the following five options:

Early Childhood Education

EDU 556Foundations and Best Practices of Early Childhood Education3
EDU 557Investigating Critical and Contemporary Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education3
EDU 558Content and Methods Specific to Early Childhood Education3
EDU 559Significant Concepts for Early Childhood Education3
EDU 560Assessment, Observation, Screening and Evaluation in Early Childhood Education3
EDU 561Becoming an Early Childhood Teaching Professional3
Total Credits18

Catholic School Leadership

EDL 605Foundations of Catholic Education3
EDL 622School Law3
EDL 626Strategic Resourcing3
EDL 627Strategic and Political Leadership in Catholic Schools3
2 EDL or EDU electives6
Total Credits18

Teacher Leadership

EDL 613Intervention Strategies3
EDL 614Leading Professional Learning Communities3
EDL 615Student Centered Coaching3
EDL 616Analyzing Student Work3
EDL 635Internship I in Teacher Leadership3
EDL 609Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Part I3
or EDL 610 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Part II
Total Credits18

English as a Second Language

EDU 541Curriculum Design For English As A Second Language3
EDU 542Methods In English Language Learning3
EDU 543Practicum In English Language Learning3
EDU 544Framework of World Languages and Cultures3
EDU 692Cultural Issues in Education3
Choice of one EDL or EDU course with guidance from advisor.3
Total Credits18

Sports Leadership

MSL 626Failing and Failure in Leadership3
MSL 627Leading Champions: Lessons by and from Extraordinary Athletes and Coaches3
MSL 628Contemporary Issues in Sports Leadership3
MSL 700Foundations of Sports Leadership3
MSL 701Coaching and Leading Through an Ignatian Lens3
Elective from EDU, EDL, MSL masters level courses3
Total Credits18
GRD 600Orientation to Creighton0
EDL 613Intervention Strategies3
EDL 616Analyzing Student Work3
EDL 614Leading Professional Learning Communities3
EDL 615Student Centered Coaching3
EDU 692Cultural Issues in Education3
EDU 541Curriculum Design For English As A Second Language3
EDU 542Methods In English Language Learning3
EDU 543Practicum In English Language Learning3
EDU 544Framework of World Languages and Cultures3
EDU 689Advanced Internship In Catholic Education3
EDL 635Internship I in Teacher Leadership3
Total Credits33