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Rockhurst University

Rockhurst University


The Rockhurst University School of Education prepares teachers to hold a solid background in their chosen field of study. Teachers who are knowledgeable, competent in their craft, and bring well-informed perspectives to educational policies and practices. Here we develop leaders who are actively engaged in educational matters as reflective practitioners. 

The Education Program prepares teacher candidates to analyze alternatives in curricula, teach methodologies, assess strategies, and to consider the implications of such alternatives for a multicultural society. Through rigorous coursework, varied field experiences, and service learning, teacher candidates acquire a deep understanding and a special sensitivity to the challenges and rewards of teaching in K-12 schools. 

Several education courses require teacher candidates to spend a significant amount of time in diverse school settings during the day. These field experiences and service learning projects are integral components in the preparation of teachers.

Rockhurst University is transfer friendly. We offer various transfer scholarships for students.


  • College or University
  • Kansas City, MO

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I chose the M.Ed. program at Rockhurst not only because of the program’s impressive reputation in the community, but also because I knew the professors would help me become an effective educator. Because of this program, I secured my dream job half a year before graduation.

Erin Dunleavy

Rockhurst University


Bachelor’s & certification

School of Arts and Sciences undergraduate program in education with initial teacher certification

  • 48 months

    Program Duration

  • In-person, Online, Hybrid

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

Rockhurst University undergraduate degree programs in education prepare future professionals to be knowledgeable and proficient teachers and leaders in their chosen educational field. We offer undergraduate majors in elementary, secondary, and special education which supply graduates with their initial teacher certification at our Kansas City, Missouri, campus. Each education major prepares students to critically examine diverse philosophies and institutional arrangements.

Distinct majors – Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Educational Studies

Rockhurst University is transfer friendly. We offer various transfer scholarships for students.

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Application Fee & Annual Tuition

  • $39,500

    In State Tuition

  • $0

    Application Fee

Ways to Lower Your Costs

Students at Rockhurst University have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Rockhurst University to see if you can, too!



Grants, Stipends, Scholarships

Full Tuition - the Trustees' scholarship covers the full freshmen tuition for eligible students invited to attend the Competitive Scholars Day event to participate in the interview process. $24,000 - Students who are eligible for the Breen Scholarship maintain a 3.3 GPA and apply before May 1. $20,000 - Students eligible for the Knapp Scholarship maintain a 3.0 GPA and apply before May 1. $16,000 - Students who are eligible for the Carey Scholarship maintain a 3.0 GPA and apply before May 1. $1,000 - The Loyola Scholarship is awarded to students who graduated from a Catholic High School and maintain a 2.0 GPA. $4,000 - DESE Education Transfer Scholarship, awarded to two transfer students interested in an undergraduate  education degree.

Discounts – Rockhurst offers various tuition discounts. Faith Based K-12 Educators tuition rate is $335 a credit hour. There is a 10% discount for St. Luke’s Health System employees. There is also an alumni discount – if you finish your bachelors at RU, your tuition rate for an M.Ed. is $275 a credit hour for one class each semester.

$31,000 - $57,500

Student Loans, Payroll Deduction

The Stafford Loan provides up to $31,000 in aid for undergraduates claimed as dependents on their parents' taxes and $57,500 for independent undergraduates.


Education Majors Scholarship

All students majoring in education will automatically receive our annual Education Majors Scholarship.

Work Study, Working While Still Enrolled

Students who have applied for financial aid can enter into a work study program to help offset the cost of tuition and can work in their roles until they reached their predetermined aid amount.

For more information visit:Financial Aid Office


Biology 9-12
Chemistry 9-12
Elementary Education 1-6
English 9-12
French K-12
Mathematics 9-12
Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical Special Education K-12
Physics 9-12
Social Sciences 9-12
Spanish K-12

Program Hallmarks


  • Male

  • Female



  • American Indian or Alaskan Native

  • Asian

  • Black

  • Hispanic/Latino

  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander

  • White

  • Two or more races








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