Elementary School Teaching (Master of Education)

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A better tomorrow starts with you.

The hard work of skilled and compassionate teachers has a profound impact on our youth and on our communities – it gives us hope that tomorrow will be better than today.

If you’re looking to make a difference in the world by advancing your career as a teacher, consider Creighton University’s Master of Education in Elementary School Teaching.

This program is designed for students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree in something other than elementary school teaching. You’ll develop the ability to think – and teach – critically and creatively, learning a variety of teaching strategies to accommodate diverse learners. You’ll learn to collaborate with colleagues, parents and community members to help students reach their full potential.

Set yourself up for a long and successful teaching career.

Did you know that in 2016, nearly half of all elementary school teachers held a master’s degree? Students in Creighton’s master’s in elementary education program graduate ready to take the next step in their career and to make their mark on students.

Job growth in the field is expected to grow steadily, both locally and nationally. Available jobs for elementary school teachers with a master’s degree are expected to increase by 8 percent over the next 10 years.

Elementary school teachers in the Omaha metro area earned an average salary of $54,828 in 2016.

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) – September 2017

Earn your master’s degree in less than two years.

Creighton’s Master of Education in Elementary School Teaching program is fast and flexible. This accelerated program can be completed in 18 months and results in a master’s degree and positions you for a Nebraska professional teaching certificate. With summer course offerings, you can start the program in May and finish by December of the following year.


Creighton’s Master of Education in Elementary School Teaching program consists of a minimum of 41 credit hours.

  • Growth & Development of Children & Adolescents
  • Procedures for Including Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities in the Regular Classroom
  • Human Relations & Cultural Diversity
  • Methods of Teaching Language Arts in Elementary School
  • Methods of Teaching Elementary Reading
  • Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School
  • Engaged in Math: Effective Methodologies for Pre-Service Elementary School Teachers
  • Methods of Teaching Science in Elementary School
  • Literacy Assessment & Measurement
  • Instructional Technology for the Classroom
  • Management Practices for Classroom Teachers
  • Action Research & Assessment for Teachers
  • Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)
  • Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) Seminar

There are two undergraduate courses that are also required to be completed prior to student teaching:

  • Integration of Art, Music and PE
  • Literature for Children OR Methods of Teaching Religion in Elementary School

Click here to view the course catalog and program goals.


Creighton University has maintained continuous accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission since 1928.  For information regarding the University’s accreditation status, visit http://www.creighton.edu/accreditation/.

Creighton University’s Master of Education in Elementary School Teaching program also holds accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Additional information regarding academic programs which hold specialized accreditation can be found on this page.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Bachelor's degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must include coursework in communication, literature, composition and speech, mathematics, science, and social science
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement. See application for specific requirements.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting
  • Praxis Core Test scores
  • Satisfactory background check
  • Notarized felony convictions and mental capacity statements. See application for documents.

A personal interview or standardized test score may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.


International applicants


Tuition & Scholarships

2018-19 special tuition rate: $560 per credit hour
This does not include fees, books or other expenses.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance, as well as for graduate student scholarships and fellowships. Here’s how to apply for financial assistance.


For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu

Learn more:
Tuition and fees for all programs

Important dates & deadlines

Program Start Date

Application Deadline
March 1

Magis Catholic Teacher Corps Option

Applicants to the Master of Education in Elementary School Teaching program have the option to apply through Creighton’s Magis Catholic Teacher Corps. This specialized two-year experience is dedicated to the formation of enthusiastic, faith-filled and highly motivated teachers in direct service to Catholic schools. Applicants to this program through Magis must meet additional admission requirements.

Magis is a two-year experience built upon three pillars:

  • Community – Teachers continue the sense of community fostered in college by living together on campus during the summer and in small communities throughout the school year.
  • Spirituality – Teachers are encouraged to grow in their faith through ongoing formation and practice of Ignatian spirituality.
  • Professionalism – While teaching for two years in Catholic schools, teachers are required to develop as professional educators by completing a rigorous master’s program.

Students accepted into the Magis Catholic Teacher Corps program receive a monthly stipend, fully subsidized tuition and fees, medical insurance, housing and summer meals. Magis teachers may also be eligible for student loan deferment or forgiveness. Learn more about Magis here.

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