Department of Education
Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs prepare teachers to be knowledgeable and competent leaders in their chosen educational field.

The RU Advantage

  • Top rated. The Missouri Department of Education rates our program in the top tier for certification assessment pass rates and student content GPAs.
  • 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 job search a team effort.
  • Flexible points of entry. Start taking classes in the fall, spring or summer semesters.

Master of Education

Rockhurst's Master of Education program is ranked No. 11 in the nation for teacher certification according to's spring 2015 student survey results. Whether you’re starting a new career or advancing your current position, the M.Ed. program at Rockhurst will prepare you to be an educational leader both inside and outside the classroom.

We also offer accelerated options, allowing you to complete your M.Ed. in secondary education as quickly as one year or elementary education in just 18 months. 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.

Build an Impressive Portfolio

Throughout your time as an education student at RU, you’ll be building a portfolio to showcase your development in 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.


The Rockhurst University education programs are approved on the state level by the Missouri Department of Education (DESE), and on the national level through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). The TEAC accreditation is for a period of ten years, from 2011 through 2021.

Learn more about how our programs focus on moral reflection and teaching for social justice in our department’s conceptual framework.