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Magis Catholic Teacher Corps seeks to develop a corps of highly motivated and committed educators to meet the needs of elementary and secondary Catholic schools in our community.

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Vocation and Ministry

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 Catholic schools. During these two years, teachers live together in intentional community as they pursue educational and spiritual development.

 


 

Program Timeline

Prior to beginning the application.Initial contact with program is necessary to check transcript eligibility.
February 1Completed application is due for priority consideration
FebruaryApplication review & interviews (in person or via Zoom)
Early-Mid MarchNotification letters sent for full acceptance, wait list, or denial. Commitment date/placement forms due
AprilOnboarding (online for program and partner schools)
End of May/Early JuneArrival on campus
Beginning of SummerOpening Day of Reflection—All Magis Cohorts
June-JulySummer Classes and Seminars on Creighton’s campus
End of JulyClosing Summer Retreat
AugustMove to placement communities & report for teacher in-service at placement schools

 

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This is an initial licensure program for individuals without an undergraduate degree in education or a teaching certificate.
Designed for college graduates who are interested in earning a teaching certificate and a master’s degree.
33 credit hours, two-year program is accredited/approved by state, regional, and national accrediting agencies.

Content Areas of Endorsement:
  • Art (K-12)
  • English (7-12)
  • French (7-12)
  • History (7-12)
  • Language Arts (7-12)
  • Spanish (7-12)
  • Mathematics (6-12)
  • Religious Education (7-12)
  • Science (7-12)
  • Social Science (7-12)

View the Secondary School Teaching Program Details

This is an initial licensure program for individuals without an undergraduate degree in education or a teaching certificate.

Designed for college graduates who are interested in earning a teaching certificate (K-6 or K-8 in a Catholic school) and a master’s degree.

45 credit hours, two-year program is accredited/approved by state, regional, and national accrediting agencies.

View the Elementary School Teaching Program Details

This degree is for candidates who already hold an elementary or secondary teaching certificate.

The Educational Leadership degree is an online, 2-year program with a 3rd year internship option for Magis teachers interested in obtaining their state administrative certificate.

Teachers who choose this track are responsible for additional costs in their third year, as Magis is only a two-year commitment.

View the Educational Leadership Program Details

This degree is for candidates who already hold an elementary or secondary teaching certificate.

The School Counseling degree is an online, 2-year program with a 3rd year internship, designed to meet the needs of those interested in various counseling roles and student development services (student personnel). 

Teachers who choose this track are responsible for additional costs in their third year, as Magis is only a two-year commitment. 

View the School Counseling Program Details

This degree is for candidates who already hold an elementary or secondary teaching certificate.

The Educational Specialist Areas degree is an online, 2-year program.

The degree is designed to allow students to pursue two specialized educational tracks at the master’s level. Course sequences are individualized based on chosen areas of study. 

Offered tracks include Early Childhood Education, English as a Second Language, Catholic School Leadership, Teacher Leadership, and Sports Leadership.

View the Educational Specialist Areas Program Details

Application Process

Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be officially accepted into the Creighton University Graduate School and Magis Catholic Teacher Corps.

Priority Deadline: February 1

Step 1: Pre-Qualification

Before beginning your application, please submit your unofficial transcript to ensure that you meet the necessary requirements for the degree track you are interested in pursuing.  

Step 2: Online Graduate School Application

*When starting the online application, please select one of the following programs

If you do NOT have a teaching certificate, select:

  • Magis Catholic Teacher Corps (MEd Elementary Teaching)
  • Magis Catholic Teacher Corps (MEd Secondary Teaching)

If you currently hold or will obtain a teaching certificate by the time you begin Magis Catholic Teacher Corps, choose one of the following:

  • Magis Catholic Teacher Corps (MS Educational Leadership)
  • Magis Catholic Teacher Corps (MS Educational Specialist Areas)
  • Magis Catholic Teacher Corps (MS School Counseling)

Upload the following information directly to the Graduate School application website

  • Resume in PDF format
  • Personal Statement: A short :90 second professional and creative video introduction with statement of purpose
  • Three one-page essays: Single-spaced narrative. Each essay should be on a separate page, but in one total document. Essay Guide for Applying to Magis Catholic Teacher Corps
  • Four letters of recommendation, which includes the online recommendation format in addition to a type-written letter from each of the following:
    • Supervisor (work or volunteer experience)
    • Professor
    • Peer (roommate, friend but not a family member)
    • Spiritual Mentor (chaplain, campus minister, priest, rector, or spiritual director)

Step 3: Official Transcripts

(Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 required)
Option 1:  Request official transcript(s) be sent by mail to Creighton University. The mailing address below should be used in order to ensure transcripts are received in a timely manner.

Enrollment Services
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

Option 2: Request official transcript(s) be sent to Creighton University at the e-mail address below:

EnrollmentServices@creighton.edu

Transcripts can be submitted using either method listed above prior to submission of an application for admission.

Step 4: Final Forms & Conditions

Upon acceptance, you will be sent three final admission forms and directions. Please send them directly to the Magis Catholic Teacher Corps office.

  • Notarized Waiver and Release Form
  • Notarized Letter of Intent Form
  • Approximate Costs Form
  • Background Check by April 1
  • Praxis Acknowledgement Form

The Praxis Core Test may be required depending on the placement school. Students will be notified of this requirement prior to attending Creighton. 

Praxis Requirement

Praxis Core Test (Test #5752)
This test is required for all applicants without a teaching license. Please request scores be sent to both Creighton University Education Department and the Nebraska Department of Education.

  • Reading (#5713) Score: 156 minimal acceptable score
  • Writing (#5723) Score: 162 minimal acceptable score
  • Math (#5733) Score: 150 minimal acceptable score

More information on the Praxis can be found on their website: codes for Creighton University or visit https://www.ets.org/praxis.

Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II Content)

If you will be applying to the MEd Secondary teaching track and will NOT be certified in theology/religion, you will be required to pass the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessment. The passing of this exam ensures that you can be licensed by the state of Nebraska in your content area.

Licensure

Magis teachers who do not already possess a teaching license will receive a provisional (temporary) license at the completion of their first summer in order to comply with Nebraska state teaching requirements.  This license is good for 2 years.  Upon completion of Magis Catholic Teacher Corps, teachers are encouraged to complete their licensure requirements to obtain their full Nebraska teaching License and transfer to other states, if desired.

Outside of Nebraska, we work with the Magis placement schools and principals to comply with the various state guidelines for each Magis Teacher. Often each situation is slightly different, depending on which state the Magis teacher is teaching, the state in which the magis teacher attended undergraduate studies, and the background in which the Magis teacher has prior to joining the program.

For those who hold licensure in state different from the one in which they will teach during Magis, that Magis teacher will need to complete all requirements for applying for a teacher certificate in that new state.  Creighton’s Certification Officer and the hiring principal will be able to offer guidance.

For questions regarding licensure, please contact Jeremy Graney, Magis Assistant Director or Dr. April Buschelman, our Education Department Certification Officer.

 


 

Magis CTC Contact Info

Creighton University
Education Department

Eppley Building
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

Phone: 402.280.3491
Fax: 402.280.1117
magisctc@creighton.edu

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Magis is a member of the University Consortium for Catholic Education (UCCE). This consortium seeks to establish and support a growing cadre of colleges and universities as they design and implement graduate teaching service programs.