Education - Secondary School Teaching (Master of Education)

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Make a lasting impact on young minds in the classroom.

Make education your passion and influence the lives of the next generation through Creighton University’s M.Ed. in Secondary School Teaching. This 14-month accelerated master’s program is perfect for:

  • Recent college graduates interested in preparing for a career in teaching
  • Current teachers who are provisionally certified or lack full teaching certification
  • Paraprofessionals who desire teaching certification and aspire to a full-time teaching position
  • Professionals looking to transition from a non-teaching career field into a teaching role within a secondary school classroom

Learn through a teacher residency model designed to put theory to practice.

This unique program utilizes a teacher residency model; a cutting-edge method of instruction that blends online coursework with real-world experience and application. Through this model, you will:

  • Begin courses in June on Creighton’s campus for six weeks of face-to-face instruction in preparation for the residency portion of the program
  • Continue taking courses online while applying theory to practice through an immersive teaching experience in a secondary school for a full academic school year
  • Learn by doing through extensive hands-on teaching supplemented by guidance from a teacher-mentor
  • Become well-prepared to effectively teach and encourage academic success in a secondary school classroom
  • Earn your initial teaching certificate as well as a master’s degree

You’ll gain a deep understanding of how to apply your content knowledge, training in the theory and practice of different instructional strategies, the ability to recognize and capitalize on different patterns of learning and development, and both theoretical knowledge and practical experience by practicing teaching in secondary school settings (grades 7-12).

Earn more than a degree from a leader in education.

Graduates of this program are able to advance their careers and take on new professional roles in education. Through this accelerated, hybrid program, you’ll earn your master’s degree from Creighton as well as your teaching certificate.

No matter your passions, you’ll be earning your credentials through a university known for excellence in graduate educational programs. Creighton’s Secondary School Teaching M.Ed. program has been accredited/approved by the Nebraska Department of Education and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Our graduate programs in education have also been recognized for their excellence by U.S. News & World Report.


To earn the Master of Education in Secondary School Teaching at Creighton University, you must complete the following:

  • Graduate Program Orientation
  • Teacher Residency Integration Seminar
  • Facilitating Student Learning
  • Facilitating Student Responsibility
  • Human Relations and Cultural Diversity
  • Foundations of Education Seminar I
  • Teaching Residency in Grades 7-12
  • Differentiating Instruction and Literacy Strategies in Grades 7-12
  • Contemporary Teaching Methods in Your Content Area, Grades 7-12
  • Foundations of Education Seminar II
  • Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)
  • Growth and Development of Children and Adolescents
  • Instructional Technology for the Classroom
  • Foundations in Catholic Education (optional)

Goals of the program along with a full course listing can be found in Creighton’s course catalog.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree with 2.75 GPA or higher
  • Must include sufficient previous coursework in one of these endorsement areas: Art, English, French, history, language arts, mathematics, religious education or theology, science (biology or chemistry emphasis), social sciences, or Spanish
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Personal statement. See application for specific requirements
  • Praxis Core Test and Subject Assessment scores
  • Satisfactory background check
  • Notarized felony conviction and mental capacity statements. See application for documents


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

Tuition & Scholarships

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.


Monthly Electronic Transfer Payment Plan
The Creighton Business Office offers a flexible monthly payment plan that enables you to make payments on your tuition and fees one chunk at a time. Learn more.

Federal Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers

  • Teachers in math and science are eligible
  • Must teach for 5 consecutive academic years
  • Must teach in low income schools
  • Loan forgiveness of $17,500 is possible
  • Additional loan forgiveness programs are described on the website for teachers in other content areas. These programs provide for $5,000 in loan forgiveness. Learn more.


Learn More
Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
Scholarships offered by the University
Scholarships offered by third parties

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


Important Dates and Deadlines

Program Start Date

Application Deadline
January 31

Magis Catholic Teacher Corps Option

Applicants to the Master of Education in Secondary 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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