For hundreds of years Catholic schools have demonstrated consistent success in educating children, promoting an enduring focus on faith and virtue, and encouraging a care for the other.
A Reputation of Excellence
While local and national leaders continuously seek answers to improve the education outlook for our children, Catholic schools have maintained a reputation of excellence, serving a diverse demographic of learners.
The Magis Catholic Teacher Corps provides Catholic schools with talented, committed and faith-filled teachers and leaders. We believe that excellent educators establish the environments in which young people want to learn, and thus, make a significant impact in the lives of children and the communities in which they teach.
Education Department Mission
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.
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)
A Magis Graduate Will...
of Magis graduates remain in Catholic schools
of Magis graduates remain involved in education
of Magis teachers are involved as coaches, retreat leaders, or club moderators
students are taught by Magis teachers annually… and counting!
Three pillars of Magis Catholic Teacher Corps
- You will become part of various communities during your time in Magis. Your home, classroom, school, church and city are just a few communities that you will be invited to build and create throughout your experience.
- Creighton University is one of the midwest’s leading Catholic and Jesuit universities and we are proud to offer a seasoned education faculty that will provide you the foundation necessary to provide you the tools to succeed as a teacher.
- St. Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) missioned his men 500 years ago to “find God in all things.” As teachers, you will inevitably grow spiritually because of your work and community life. It is by coming to know Jesus, the first teacher, that teachers more fully recognize the divine in daily life.
What will a participant receive from Magis Catholic Teacher Corps?
- Superb academic preparation with a full scholarship graduate degree
- Hands-on, experiential experience as a Catholic school teacher for 2 years
- Multiple layers of support from supervisors, mentor teachers, administrators and peers
During the two years of service, Magis teachers:
- Receive a modest living stipend
- Receive affordable, furnished housing, arranged by the program and partner diocese
- Are eligible for loan deferment
- Receive a full scholarship covering all tuition, summer food and housing, and fees.
Upon completion of the program, Magis teachers:
- Have two years of experience teaching in a Catholic school
- Qualify for teaching licensure in the state of Nebraska as well as reciprocal licensing for other states
- Receive a full-scholarship Master’s degree from Creighton University
- Are members of a wonderful network of professional support
- Experience tremendous personal, professional, and spiritual growth
By joining Magis Catholic Teacher Corps, participants don’t just get the opportunity to serve in a Catholic school – they get professional preparation that will enable them to make a deep and profound difference in the lives of the children they serve. The academic plan of study intensively prepares teachers by integrating graduate level coursework with an immersion teaching experience. Throughout their two years teaching in Catholic schools, Magis teachers earn a Masters degree from Creighton University. Upon graduation, they are eligible for state licensure as a teacher.
In preparation for their profession in education, Magis teachers engage in a rigorous graduate program. Courses are completed through intensive on-campus study during the summer and through online courses during the school year. Classes are taught by faculty who provide our teachers with the theoretical framework needed to achieve success in the classroom.
Because Magis accepts certified and initial licensure teachers, there are multiple degree options for candidates.
What kind of support can a Magis teacher expect?
The most important service Magis Catholic Teacher Corps can provide its teachers is a solid network of support, both to enable professional growth and to encourage personal and spiritual development. Supervision is a crucial element of the Magis teacher formation process, and is often cited by magis teachers as the key element that enables them to flourish as teachers. All Magis teachers have at least three support resources at their disposal throughout their two years in the program:
- An academic supervisor
- The school principal
- A designated mentor teacher in their local school
Principals provide ongoing formative and summative evaluations of the teacher’s teaching, community, and spiritual formation. Mentor teachers serve a non-evaluative role by helping Magis teachers orient to their new city and school, conferencing with them about instructional and curricular goals on a regular basis, and reflecting with the Magis teacher about successes and struggles in and out of the classroom.
Magis Catholic Teacher Corps seeks individuals who are considering a vocation to teaching. We understand that furthering your education is a sacrifice, and Magis does not want new teachers to have the burden of debt upon completion of their graduate studies. Therefore, tuition for all graduate studies is fully funded. Additionally, the program covers the cost of rent for modest housing accommodations for the community living component. All food and housing is also covered during the summer months.
Magis teachers begin receiving their stipends in the first month of full service (August). These stipends will be used to help pay shared food costs, books for courses and any personal expenses (car, car insurance, cell phone, etc.). The stipend permits a student to live comfortably with a modest budget while in the program.
Students are not allowed to have an additional part-time job, however, stipends earned from coaching or additional extra-curricular school duties may be earned.
While the large majority of costs are covered by the program, new teachers should consider the following expenses during their first summer since they will not receive their first stipend until August.
- Book fees
- Spending money
- Certification costs
Note: While a student in Magis, students receive full loan deferment.
Magis CTC Contact Info
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
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.