Program Director: Carrie Wortmann
Magis Catholic Teacher Corps is a two-year graduate program centered on community living, academic coursework, and Ignatian Spirituality that prepares and supports highly motivated, faith-filled teachers to serve in under-resourced Catholic schools. Magis recruits college graduates who view education as their vocation and their ministry. In a spirit of service, our teachers respond to the question “what more can I do for Christ?” by making a two-year commitment to teach in under-resourced Catholic schools. During these two years, teachers live together in intentional Christian community as they pursue educational, professional, and spiritual development. Access website here.
Types of Degrees: Master of Education in Secondary Teaching (for uncertified applicants); Master of Science in Teacher Leadership and Master of Science in Counseling (for certified applicants)
Duration: 2 years (3 years for counseling)
Course Format: Courses are completed by intensive on-campus study during the summer and online distance learning during the school year.
Number of Credits Required:
- 40 credit hours for specialization in secondary school teaching
- 36 credit hours for specialization in teacher leadership
- 42 credit hours for specialization in counseling
Cost: Fully subsidized tuition and university fees, medical insurance, housing and meals, opportunity for loan deferment and/or loan forgiveness
Stipend: Yes - once teaching begins
Program Start: Third week in May each year
Preferred Application Deadline: February 15, final deadline will be March 1.
Candidates for Magis Catholic Teacher Corps should:
- hold a bachelor’s degree with a QPA of 3.0 or higher.
- be interested in a vocation as a Catholic school educator.
- have the desire to explore questions of spiritual growth and development.
- have open hearts and minds to building an intentional Christian community.
An application should include:
- Completed application and $50 non-refundable application fee
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- Statement of Purpose
- Four letters of recommendations and forms
- Letter #1 - Academic: should be from a professor or someone who can attest to your academic ability and capability for graduate coursework. In the additional letter, the academic recommender should include the applicant's writing ability, reading ability, ability to meet deadlines, honesty, maturity, flexibility, creativity, responsibility, openness to growth and ability to accept constructive criticism
- Letter #2 - Employment: should be from a work or volunteer supervisor, ideally one in a teaching related position. In the additional letter, employment recommenders should attest to the applicant''s responsibility, maturity, leadership, humility, ability to manage stress, tolerance, honesty, flexibility, work ethic, experience with youth, openness to growth, ability to accept constructive criticism and ability to respond to adversity.
- Letter #3 - Community: Should be from a community member or housemate, someone who is not a family member. In the additional letter, the community recommender should include the applicant's responsibility to others, likeability, empathy, tolerance, honesty, flexibility, patience, openness to growth and importance of faith.
- Letter #4 - Spirituality: Should be from a spiritual director, chaplain, campus minister, priest, etc. In the additional letter, the spirituality recommender should include the applicant's ability to articulate faith, degree to which the applicant reflects Christian values in everyday actions, involvement in service activities, openness to spiritual growth, humility, openness to constructive criticism, ability to manage stress, response to adversity, empathy, responsibility to others, tolerance to those who may be at different points in their spiritual journey. Please note that non-Catholic applicants are most welcome to apply.
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Notarized Felony Convictions/Mental Capacity Statement Form
- Three, one-page essays (see the Magis packet)