Elementary Education | Metro Community College A to B (Bachelor of Science)

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Through a partnership with Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Omaha, Nebraska, students who have successfully earned the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Education at MCC may be eligible to earn the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Elementary Education at Creighton University. This associate’s to bachelor’s (A to B) program is offered through the College of Professional Studies (CPS), in conjunction with the Department of Education in the College of Arts and Sciences.

A bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Creighton University will prepare you for teaching K-8 in a parochial school or K-6 in a public school. All Creighton teacher education programs are fully accredited by state, regional and national accrediting agencies, including the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The BS blends theory and practical experience and includes opportunities to serve as tutors, teachers’ assistants and student teachers in Omaha metropolitan public and private schools.

The early childhood education coursework completed at MCC will apply toward the early childhood education endorsement requirements at Creighton University. Students who successfully complete the A to B program will be eligible for their teaching certificate in elementary education with an early childhood education endorsement. This credential will enable these educators to teach preschool and pre-K programs.

Outcomes

You’ll benefit from the strong reputation of Creighton’s Department of Education when you enter the job market. Recent Creighton education graduates are using their degrees in a variety of educational settings, including:

  • Omaha and metro-area public schools
  • Omaha Catholic schools
  • Ft. Leavenworth (Kansas) School District
  • Hawaii Department of Education
  • Norfolk (Nebraska) Public Schools
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps
  • Bright Horizons Family Solutions
  • Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas) schools
     

Education graduates have also gone on to receive advanced degrees before beginning the teaching profession, studying at institutions such as:

  • University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Washington State University School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Midwestern University
     

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 12% by 2022, as a result of projected increases in enrollment and declines in student–teacher ratios. In addition, the student–teacher ratio across schools is expected to decline slightly, meaning that each teacher will be responsible for fewer students. Consequently, more teachers will be needed.

Specializations

Special Education: For students who are interested in earning a special education endorsement, a Dual Endorsement for Elementary Education (PK-6, PK-8) with Special Education Endorsement is available.

See the main elementary education major page for details.

What You'll Learn

  • How to be an effective elementary teacher in the Jesuit tradition
  • How to inspire children to learn through classroom leadership skill
  • How to be an ethical thinker and creative problem solver

Curriculum

Elementary Education | MCC A to B (Bachelor of Science) | Major in Elementary Education Requirements: 75 Credits

Beyond the required courses to fulfill the associate’s degree at MCC, students will need to complete the remaining degree requirements listed below. In addition to their associate’s degree, students may also complete an additional 3 courses at MCC toward their Creighton bachelor’s degree requirements.

Component/Course – Credit Hours Remaining

CPS200: Making the Transition (online) – 3
Magis Common Core (on-campus or online) – 27
Elementary Education Major (on-campus) – 39

  • ART104: Elementary School Art – 3
  • EDU131: Literature for Children – 3
  • EDU170: Diversity and Justice in Education – 3
  • EDU500: Remedial Reading – 3
  • EDU565: Methods of Teaching Language Arts in Elementary School – 3
  • EDU566: Methods of Teaching of Elementary Reading – 3
  • EDU567: Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School – 3
  • EDU568: Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School – 3
  • EDU569: Methods of Teaching Science in the Elementary School – 3
  • EDU591: Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) (Taken concurrently with EDU593) – 11
  • EDU593: Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) Seminar – 1
     

State Certification Requirements (needed beyond the Core and Major) – 6

  • Mathematics – 3
  • Natural Science – 3

Total Hours Remaining to Degree – 75

*Students who did not complete ECED2061 as part of their AAS program will be required to complete the course at MCC or complete EDU583: Management Practices for Classroom Teachers at Creighton University.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to this program, qualified applicants must show evidence of:

  1. Graduation with a minimum 2.75 GPA from Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Neb.
  2. Successful completion of the AAS degree in Early Childhood Education with a grade of C or higher in all courses that apply to the degree
  3. Passing scores in the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam in all three components: Reading (156), Writing (162), Math (150)

To achieve a degree from Creighton University, students are required to complete a minimum of 128 credit hours. A minimum of 48 hours must be completed in residence (on-campus or online) at Creighton. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. This average shall be computed only on the basis of all courses attempted while enrolled in the College of Professional Studies in the program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.

Application Process

  • Create an account and begin the Adult Undergraduate Application for Admission.
  • Once you have entered the application, the Academic Program choice needs to be “Elementary Education (Metro Community College A+B)”.
  • All applicants may upload an optional personal statement within the application. While a personal statement is not required, it is highly recommended, to provide the admission committee with an opportunity to holistically review your application.
  • Final, official transcripts must be provided directly from the granting institution. Transcript should be mailed to the address below or directed via email through an official transcript processing company to EnrollmentServices [at] creighton [dot] edu 
    Enrollment ServicesCreighton University2500 California PlazaOmaha, NE 68178 

PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam is required for application to the Creighton Education Department. Test codes: 

  • Reading: 5712
  • Writing: 5722
  • Math: 5732
  • Combined Tests (Reading, Writing, Math): 5751

Tuition & Scholarships

  • Scholarships
  • Financial Aid
  • Cost of Attendance MCC A to B Partnership tuition rate.
  • Payment Plan: Our Monthly Payment Plan (MET) allows for automatic withdraws on a monthly basis to spread out out-of-pocket payment of tuition

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