Magis Questions & Answers
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Priority Deadline: February 1
A Community of Faith-filled Teaching Experiences
Magis Catholic Teacher Corps is seeking talented, committed, faith-filled recent college graduates who are seeking a unique entry into the field of teaching. Successful Magis teachers are organized and responsible, yet flexible in the face of the inevitable challenges of beginning teaching. Additionally, Magis teachers desire a shared experience of community and work hard to create strong communities in their homes and schools. Finally, successful Magis teachers enter the program with a desire to encounter Ignatian Spirituality, and thus, bring an openness to experience a variety of prayer and faith-sharing experiences.
Some Magis applicants already have an undergraduate degree in education while others have a degree in an endorsable content area. Anyone with an degree in elementary or secondary education and who possesses a teaching certificate (or who will have this by the time the program begins), is welcome to apply.
Applicants that have not gone through a teacher preparation program are encouraged to apply as long as they met the requirements for a teaching endorsement in a specific content area for secondary teaching.
For all interested applicants, the first step is to email an unofficial copy of your transcript to the Magis Office so we can determine your eligibility.
Applicants from any faith background and at any point in their spiritual journey are welcome to apply, though, Magis teachers must show openness to Ignatian Spirituality and feel comfortable living out the gospel values in a Catholic school. Through seminars, coursework, faith sharing, retreats, weekly spirituality nights and masses, Magis teachers learn about St. Ignatius and the charisms of the Jesuits.
A teacher desiring to teach religion or theology must be a practicing Catholic, as this is a requirement of our partnering schools and dioceses.
Yes! While there is not an age requirement, typical applicants are college seniors or within a few years of having finished college. It is common for applicants to work or volunteer for a couple of years before joining Magis.
No. Interviews are conducted in person on Creighton University’s campus or via web conference (i.e. Skype or Zoom).
No. The Magis staff and Selection Committee exercise discernment in matching teachers with the openings in our partnering schools each year. We note preferences from the Magis applicant about his/her ideal placement grade, type of school and school location, but we cannot guarantee a specific location or school. We ask for trust in the placement process and for openness to go where you are needed most. Magis teachers serve in a variety of grade levels (K-12th) and settings throughout the Midwest including urban, suburban, small town and American Indian reservation schools.
It is a requirement that Magis participants commit to living simply in intentional community for the duration of the two years in the program. All Magis teachers live in community and eat in the campus dining halls during the summers on Creighton University’s campus. During the school year, Magis teachers live in smaller communities of 3-8 people in their placement city. Each teacher has his/her own bedroom and bathrooms are shared. Magis community members are expected to support each other; regular dinners, spirituality evenings and social outings are common.
Program participants are full-time volunteer teachers and graduate students who earn a modest monthly stipend which is adequate to cover personal expenses, travel to/from their teaching placement school, books, rent and summer incidentals. Magis teachers earn a full scholarship master’s degree and have the ability to defer loans. Magis teachers are not permitted to have additional employment for their duration of time in the program.
Yes! Magis teachers are encouraged to get involved in the school community, as it’s a great way to get to know the students and the larger community. Magis teachers are not allowed to take on the responsibilities of a head coach due to the demands of academic coursework, community living, and intentional spiritual development. Magis teachers are great assistant coaches, club moderators, or fans so long as they are keeping up with their Magis commitments first.
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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.