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Master of Education in Secondary School Teaching

If you’re looking to change lives and take on a new professional role in education, Creighton University’s Master of Education in Secondary School Teaching can help you reach your goals. This program is designed for those who already have a degree in an endorsable content area and are interested in starting a career in teaching, or for those who are already teaching but need to earn their teaching certificate.

This program will help you develop the ability to think and teach critically and creatively. You’ll also gain a deep understanding of how to apply your content knowledge through extensive hands-on teaching opportunities, supplemented by guidance from a teacher-mentor. You’ll learn how to differentiate instruction, facilitate student responsibility for behavior and classroom environment, encourage student-led inquiry, use assessment data to redesign teaching and learning opportunities, use research-based classroom strategies and more.

 “The accelerated Secondary School Teaching program uses a residency model that puts students in classrooms for a full year—and in just 14 months they can earn a certification and a master's degree, ready to enter the classroom.”

—Max Engel, PhD | Assistant Professor and Program Director, College of Arts and Sciences

Creighton’s secondary school teaching master’s goes far beyond the administrative aspects of teaching. You’ll learn to model Jesuit values such as the importance of compassion, relationship-building, reflection and humility in your work. Through hands-on, project-based learning experiences, you’ll also gain experience that will prepare you for a successful career in education.

A degree in secondary education that moves at the speed of your life

You have the desire to make an impact on student’s lives—and with a growing need for skilled teachers, that’s a calling that can’t wait. Creighton’s master’s in secondary education can be completed at an accelerated pace so that you can start making a difference as soon as possible.

This online program can be completed in 14 months and results in a master’s degree as well as your teaching certificate. The program utilizes a teacher residency model that blends online coursework with real-world experience. Additional on-campus support is available for students in the Omaha area.

Program At A Glance

Master of Education in Secondary School Teaching

This program is offered Online

Application Deadline

April 15


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


Program Goals and Curriculum

The Master of Education in Secondary School Teaching program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching, or for current teachers who lack full certification. This accelerated program gives students the ability to advance their careers as teachers in just 14 months.

To earn this master’s degree, you must complete 28-30 credit hours:

  • 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)

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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 Master of Education in Secondary School Teaching program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application and submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with 2.75 GPA or higher
  • Include 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
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • Submit written and video statements of interest in teaching (see application for specific requirements)
  • Submit Praxis Core Test scores
  • Pass a background check (if offer of admission is extended)
  • Submit 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.

Due to the specific features and requirements of this program, international students cannot be admitted. Unique situations may be discussed with your enrollment specialist.


IMPORTANT NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS & CURRENT STUDENTS:  Each state is responsible for its own certification/licensure requirements, which may change without notice to NASDTEC or your university's certification officers or your state's office of certification.  You must contact the office of certification in any state to which you may be relocating to get the most accurate information on certification requirements. The link will help you locate the web page for the entity in each state that is responsible for educator certification.  One important guideline is that reciprocity is always easier if you completed the certification requirements and obtained your teaching credential in the state where you completed your program requirements.

Certification/Licensure 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 friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have. 

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadline and starting date 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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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, 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