Department of Education

Effective Leaders in the Jesuit Tradition

Contact Information

Eppley Building, Room 450
2500 California Plaza,
Omaha, NE 68178-0106

Phone: 402.280.2820
Fax: 402.280.1117

Twitter: @Teach_CU

Facebook: @TeachCU


We empower teachers, administrators, and counselors to transform the lives of their students by preparing graduates to be compassionate and effective leaders in the Jesuit tradition.

11:1 student-to-faculty ratio; 100% full-time faculty with doctoral degree; 750 hours of fieldwork for candidates; 3.72 average GPA for teacher candidates; 100% average pass rate for exams; 8 Alice Buffet Teacher award winners


In the Jesuit tradition, we graduate women and men who build a better world by living and leading according to these charisms:

  • Reflective practice (contemplation in action),
  • Care for others (cura personalis),
  • Promotion of service, justice, and inclusive community (men and women for and with others),
  • Sharing gifts for the greater good and the greater glory of God (magis, ad majorem Dei gloriam).

Marks of Distinction

We will be known for:

  • Placing the Jesuit charisms and Ignatian pedagogy at the center of all coursework.
  • Emphasizing social justice so that our graduates are formed to lead in highly diverse schools.
  • Providing specialized preparation so that our graduates are ready to serve students with diverse needs and backgrounds in P-12 schools.
  • Providing specialized preparation for those who wish to serve in Catholic schools.

Student Costs for Educator Certification

According to the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE), there are steps that must be taken in order to be accepted into an education program and to get initial certification. Some of these steps require additional costs to the student outside of tuition and other university related costs. An outline of the NDE requirements and costs can be found below.

Acceptance Background Check


Praxis Core Exam (3 parts)

$150 if taken together $270 if taken separate

Praxis Subject Exam

$130 or $170 (world languages)

Certification Background Check


Certification Fingerprints (out of state only)


Certification Fee

$40 (private only) $55 (all schools)

Official Creighton Transcript Order

$5.50 per copy

Official Transcript Orders from other schools

$5 $10 per copy

If finances are an issue on your path to becoming an educator and you are currently a Creighton student, the Education Department is able to help! Through the support of alumni and donations, the Student Support Fund assists students with various financial burdens of becoming a Nebraska educator. Please complete the application below and submit to the Director of Certification, Dr. April Buschelman (

Student Support Fund Application