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Master of Science in Educational Specialist Areas

Broaden your instructional horizons and maximize your passion for teaching others through Creighton University’s Master of Science in Educational Specialist Areas.

This unique master’s program will allow you to explore new areas, diversify your teaching skillset and develop your leadership skills. You’ll be able to personalize the degree to your interests and prepare for a variety of educational leadership positions, such as a department chair, grade level team leader or instructional coach. 

“The Educational Specialist Areas program is unique because it is a "stackable master's", meaning students can choose from four specialty areas and build a program that leads to two endorsements and a master's all at one time.”

—Jean Hearn, EdD | Assistant Professor and Program Director, College of Arts & Sciences

 Rooted in Jesuit values, Creighton’s educational specialist master’s goes far beyond classroom management. You’ll learn to model the importance of compassion, relationship-building, reflection and humility in your work. Through hands-on, project-based learning, you’ll gain experience that will prepare you for a successful career in education.

A personalized degree that fits your lifestyle

We know graduate school is a huge investment of your time and money, so we make sure your investment is a smart one—and one you can fit in your schedule. This 36-credit program is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and can be completed fully online in just over two years.

Creighton’s master’s in Educational Specialist Areas is highly customizable, allowing you to choose the proper path to meet your academic, personal and career goals. Teacher specialization options include Catholic School Leadership, Early Childhood Education, English as a Second Language, or Teacher Leadership.

Program At A Glance

Master of Science in Educational Specialist Areas

This program is offered Online

Application Deadline

FOR AUGUST ENROLLMENT
August 1

FOR JANUARY ENROLLMENT
December 1

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Teaching certificate and at least two years of teaching experience
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Background check and notarized felony conviction and mental capacity statements
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Application
  • $50 application fee

PROGRAM DETAILS

Specializations

Through the MS in Educational Specialist Areas program, you’ll develop the advanced skills and experience to become a highly effective leader in education.

To help you achieve your goals, the program offers four areas of specialization. You must complete two of the four tracks for a total of 36 credit hours to earn your Master of Science in Educational Specialist Areas.

  • Early Childhood Education—Learn to transform your classroom into a healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging environment for pre-K aged children. View the course requirements of this specialization, which also leads to an endorsement from the state of Nebraska. You will also earn a graduate certificate in Early Childhood Education.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)—Meet the rising need for educators with a background in ESL and deepen your understanding of developing language and literacy. View the course requirements of this specialization, which also leads to an endorsement from the state of Nebraska.
  • Catholic School Leadership—Gain the skills and experience to become a leader in a Catholic school setting. View the course requirements of this specialization, which also leads to a graduate certificate in Catholic School Leadership.
  • Teacher Leadership— Prepare for a variety of educational leadership positions, such as a department chair, grade level team leader, or instructional coach. View the course requirements of this specialization.

Endorsements

The Master of Science in Educational Specialist Areas is a “stackable” degree program. Upon completion, you can earn your master’s and two endorsements, depending which specializations you pursue.

Creighton’s education programs are nationally recognized as “excellent” by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and by the Higher Learning Commission. This reputation is earned thanks to Creighton’s carefully designed program curricula and standards, as well as the talented faculty who apply Jesuit values to ensure student success.

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Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in Educational Specialist Areas, applicants must:

  • Complete an application & submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Provide a teaching certificate (exemptions available) and have at least two years of successful teaching experience (can be in progress as you begin the program)
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Include a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit a personal statement (see application for specific requirements)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members
  • Pass a background check (if offer of admission is extended)
  • Submit notarized felony convictions and mental capacity statements

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

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Learn more about funding your education

Still have questions? Email or call a financial aid specialist at 402.280.2731. Want to talk to someone in person? Stop by the Office of Financial Aid in Suite 1100 in the Harper Center (602 N 20th St, Omaha, NE 68102).

Dates & Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.

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December 1

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CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

If you’re not ready to commit to a full master’s degree right now, you can earn a graduate certificate in education in about half the time. And if you change your mind, you can apply either of the following certificates toward a Master of Science in Educational Specialist Areas:

 Catholic School Leadership Graduate Certificate
This program is offered online. Students who complete the following courses will also earn a graduate certificate in Catholic School Leadership:

  • Foundations of Catholic Education
  • Strategic Resourcing
  • School Law
  • Strategic and Political Leadership in Catholic Schools

See the full course listing

Early Childhood Education (Graduate Certificate) (18 Credits)
This program is offered on-campus and online.

See the full course listing

MAGIS CATHOLIC TEACHER CORPS OPTION

Applicants to the Master of Science in Educational Specialist Areas program have the option to apply through Creighton’s Magis Catholic Teacher Corps. This specialized two-year, largely-volunteer, 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 volunteer 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