The graduate Education Department faculty recognizes that leadership roles are filled in schools by both teachers and administrators. Therefore, two Educational Leadership Strands have been devised to meet the varied needs of prospective students.
The School Administration Strands (elementary and secondary) meet the requirements of state and regional accrediting agencies and the state of Nebraska (and most other states) for certification as a school principal. Completion of the program earns the candidate the degree of Master of Science. Creighton graduates are employed as school principals in public and private schools, as directors of curricular or special programs, and in central office positions. Candidates already holding a Master's degree may attain certification as an administrator by completing the same program as degree candidates but are allowed to transfer up to twelve hours of applicable course work from their previous Master's degree.
The School Community Leadership Program Strand is composed of seven key courses from the School Administration program, as shown below, designed to prepare teachers for non-administrative school leadership roles such as department head, curriculum supervisor, or technology director. Completing the remaining five courses in electives in this program earns the candidate the Master of Science degree, but no additional certification or endorsement.
Coursework and field service for students intending to be Catholic school administrators and teacher leaders will focus especially on leadership in the spiritual, religious dimension.