Graduate Education Program Options

Whether you want to start a new teaching career or advance in your current position, our Master of Education degree can get you there. Our program offers certification in elementary, middle, secondary, or special education. We also offer an educational studies option for those who already have a teaching certificate or do not need a certificate.

Rockhurst is the only university in the Kansas City area where you can pursue certification in elementary education while you earn your master’s degree. Here, we develop educational leaders—teachers who are actively engaged in educational matters as reflective practitioners. Through rigorous coursework and varied field experiences, you will acquire a deep understanding of, and special sensitivity to, the challenges and rewards of teaching in K-12 schools.

Accelerated Program 

 Depending on the credit hours you need and how many hours you take each semester, you may complete the middle or secondary education M.Ed. program within one year. The elementary program may be completed in 18 months. Classes are held in the evening, with start-dates in the fall, spring or either summer semesters. 

Elementary Certification 

 Our Master of Education in elementary certification is designed for those interested in teaching in the 1-6 grade levels. You will be well equipped to lead these young learners. View our course completion form.

Middle School Certification

Our Master of Education in middle school certification is designed for those interested in teaching at the 5-9 grade levels. Choose from the following certifications:

Secondary Certification

Our Master of Education in secondary certification is designed for those interested in teaching at the 9-12 grade levels. Choose from the following certifications:

Special Education Certification, Grades K-12

To address the growing need to offer services for children with learning disabilities, the department offers a Master of Education degree with an initial certification in special education for grades K-12. Students will complete a minimum of 62 credit hours in education courses within this program.

Through six special education courses (PDF) that complement our M.Ed. curriculum, our program will prepare you to:

  • Recognize the characteristics of students with disabilities
  • Develop a prescriptive plan for these students
  • Apply research-validated practices to classroom and individual behavior management
  • Diagnose and remediate a student's academic learning needs
  • Counsel parents, caregivers and families of students with special needs
Master of Education in Educational Studies

Our Master of Education in educational studies is designed for those who already have a teaching certificate or do not need a certificate. This program is ideal for teachers looking to advance in their current position, educators in community organizations, homeschooling parents and others. View our course completion form. Courses are tailored to each student's needs and interests. The M.Ed. in educational studies culminates with a service learning capstone designed by the student. Read on for more information on educational studies.