Elementary School Teaching (Master of Education)

Program Availability

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 a Nebraska PK-8 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.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • At least six semester hours in the following content areas for a minimum of 30 credit hours (minimum of 6 hours in each area):
    • Communication, including literature, composition and speech
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Science
  • Official transcripts from all universities and college attended
  • Completion of the Praxis Core tests (Reading, Writing and Math)
  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Resume
  • Personal statement about why the prospective student wants to teach
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Satisfactory background check
  • Notarized felony convictions and mental capacity statement


International Students
All applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based).

Tuition & Scholarships

We know that a master’s degree is a serious investment, and Creighton is here to help make your education possible. Creighton’s Department of Education has a limited number of half-tuition scholarships available for master’s of elementary school teaching students.

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 Dates

Application Deadlines
February 1

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