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Magis Values & Pillars

Your experience in Magis Catholic Teacher Corps is a holistic approach–educating the whole person.

Magis Catholic Teacher Corps not only trains teachers with the professional skills and dispositions necessary to succeed in the classroom, but also encourages a lifestyle of simple living and spiritual growth that nourish the personal life of a teacher far beyond Magis. Magis teachers become models of faith for their students.

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Magis teachers live together in intentional, faith-based community, sharing with each other the many rewards and challenges of teaching. The community experience gives our teachers the opportunity to challenge, encourage, and support one another as they develop personally, professionally, and spiritually.

During the summer, all teachers live on campus at Creighton University with all food and housing paid. Teachers live in our local community houses during the school year: modest houses or converted convents with 3-6 people. As a Magis Community, members break bread together regularly, pray together regularly, and contribute to the community’s living expenses.

“Community is at the heart of Christian education, not simply as a concept to be taught, but as a reality to be lived.”
— National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1972
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Our spirituality pillar is guided by the practices and traditions of Ignatian Spirituality. Ignatian spirituality invites an approach of prayer in asking teachers to “seek God in all things,” in one’s classroom, students, coursework, community members, and other areas of daily life. 

Magis teachers value the growth of their own faith and spirituality and, in turn, offer spiritual support to members of their community.  This “openness to growth” is supported through retreats, faith-sharing, spiritual direction, and communal prayer.

“Seek God in all things and we shall find God by our side.”
— St. Peter Claver, SJ
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In preparation for their profession in education, Magis teachers engage in a rigorous graduate program, having opportunities for both licensed and non-licensed teacher candidates to pursue. Courses are completed through intensive study during the summer on campus and through online coursework during the school year. 

At their placement school, Magis teachers are full-time educators, each responsible for their students and their classroom. Magis teachers are assigned a mentor teacher who supports them in these initial years of teaching and receive professional coaching from university supervisors visiting for multiple lessons each semester.

“Love consists in sharing what one has and what one is with those one loves.”
— St. Ignatius of Loyola

Magis CTC Contact Info

Creighton University
Education Department

Eppley Building
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

Phone: 402.280.3491
Fax: 402.280.1117



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.