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School of Education

Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs prepare teachers to be expert and insightful leaders in their chosen educational field.

Graduate Programs

Education Degrees: The RU Advantage

  • Top-rated. The Missouri Department of Education rates our education program in the top tier for certification assessment pass rates and student content GPAs.
  • Flexibility. Accommodate your busy schedule with classes offered face-to-face, blended, and online.
  • Learn from the best. Our faculty members are experienced teachers and administrators in K-12 schools.
  • Small class sizes. This means more one-on-one attention from our world-class faculty in the classroom and in a mentor-mentee relationship.
  • A Jesuit education sets you apart. Develop professionally and personally in our Jesuit tradition of learning, leadership and service.
  • Expand your network. Connect with professionals throughout Kansas City and beyond. Student teaching can be completed in Kansas or Missouri.
  • You’re not alone. When the time comes, we consider your teaching job search a team effort.
  • Three points of entry. Start taking classes in the fall, spring or summer semesters.
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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, secondary, or special education, and we also offer an educational studies option for those who already have a teaching certificate or do not need a certificate.

Rockhurst gives you the flexibility to accommodate your busy schedule with classes offered face-to-face, blended, and online. All of our classes start at 5 p.m., allowing students to work part-time or full-time day jobs. Plus, we have fall, spring, and summer course offerings so you can apply and start during any of the three semesters.

You’ll be happy to know that Rockhurst’s Master of Education program received Top-Tier Status in 2016 from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Our program also celebrated Kansas Horizon and Missouri Outstanding Beginner Teacher awards in 2017 – awards that honor excellence in the first or second year of teaching.

Here, we develop educational leaders – teachers who are actively engaged in educational matters as reflective practitioners. Through rigorous coursework and varied field experiences, you acquire a deep understanding of, and a special sensitivity to, the challenges and rewards of being a K-12 teacher.

We purposely keep tuition rates competitive with other programs in the region to give you the most return on investment. Learn more about our program options.

In addition, read how our programs focus on moral reflection and teaching for social justice in our department’s conceptual framework.


Throughout your time as an education student at RU, you’ll be building a portfolio to showcase your development in educational theory, research and practice. It’s a way to measure your skills, reflect on what you’ve learned, and, of course, show off what you’ve accomplished. Your journey to becoming a teacher or educational leader ends – or should we say starts – with a capstone project prior to graduation.