Office of Educator Certification

The Educator Certification Office serves as a resource center for future educators. Students are assisted as they apply to the Teacher Education program, gain admission to the program, are placed to student teach, and apply for certification. Transfer students are urged to visit with Educator Certification Office representatives on Transfer Day or at any time.

Admission to Teacher Education

Admission requirements and the Teacher Education application are furnished to students in TE 100GS and TE 831P. Transfer students who have taken the equivalent of TE 100GS elsewhere receive an application at Transfer Day. Students are urged to work closely with their advisors in order to qualify for admission in a timely manner. Most students should plan on being admitted by the middle of the their sophomore year. Transitional Certification Students should be admitted while enrolled in TE 831P or TE 832.

"Persons who have felony convictions, or misdemeanor convictions involving abuse, neglect, or sexual misconduct, as defined in Section 005.07A, are automatically rejected by the Department [of Education, Nebraska] for certification, and may only be considered for certification, or participation in pre-student teaching field, laboratory, and classroom experiences or student teaching with the approval of the Commissioner or the Board" (Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 20). Additionally, "All applicants shall not have an emotional or mental incapacity to practice the profession as evidenced by a legal adjudication or determination thereof by other lawful means" (Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 21).

Student Teaching

Students are required to attend a student teaching workshop two semesters before they plan to student teach. Multiple workshops are offered in November and April. (Fall student teachers attend one November workshop; spring student teachers attend one April workshop.)

Certification

All individuals requiring institutional verification from UNK must complete an institutional verification consent form. Information on applying for certification is provided to students during their final student teaching semester.

"Persons who have felony convictions, or misdemeanor convictions involving abuse, neglect, or sexual misconduct, as defined in Section 005.07A, are automatically rejected by the Department [of Education, Nebraska] for certification, and may only be considered for certification, or participation in pre-student teaching field, laboratory, and classroom experiences or student teaching with the approval of the Commissioner or the Board" (Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 20). Additionally, "All applicants shall not have an emotional or mental incapacity to practice the profession as evidenced by a legal adjudication or determination thereof by other lawful means" (Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 21).

Praxis

The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests are required for certification in Nebraska and are part of all undergraduate education programs at UNK. On September 1, 2014, the Praxis I PPST exams were replaced with the Praxis Core. If you have passed the Praxis I PPST, you are not required to take the Praxis Core.

The Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly Praxis II) are required for certification in Nebraska.

To register for an exam, visit https://www.ets.org/praxis/ne?WT.ac=praxishome_states_121126, which will give you an overview of the Nebraska testing requirements. After you have identified the test you need to take, you may register by clicking the "Register Now" button.

For more Praxis information, follow the links below:

Praxis Test Preparation/Study Materials

Praxis Core FAQs

Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly Praxis II) FAQs

Praxis Information for Departments

Post-baccalaureate Initial Certification

Individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree may enter a post-baccalaureate program in order to qualify for initial teacher certification.

"Persons who have felony convictions, or misdemeanor convictions involving abuse, neglect, or sexual misconduct, as defined in Section 005.07A, are automatically rejected by the Department [of Education, Nebraska] for certification, and may only be considered for certification, or participation in pre-student teaching field, laboratory, and classroom experiences or student teaching with the approval of the Commissioner or the Board" (Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 20). Additionally, "All applicants shall not have an emotional or mental incapacity to practice the profession as evidenced by a legal adjudication or determination thereof by other lawful means" (Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 21).

Additional Endorsement

Individuals seeking an additional endorsement should establish a program through the Educator Certification Office. Call 308-865-8264 or send an email to ECO@unk.edu.

Policies and Procedures Relating to Advanced Program Field Experiences

Transfer Students (undergraduate)

Transfer students will meet with a representative from the Educator Certification Office on Transfer Day. Students transferring in TE 100 should go to the Educator Certification Office to complete an application to the Teacher Education Program.

Practicum

Practicum experiences are arranged with the Director of Field Experiences. Click here for more information on renewal and additional endorsement practicums.

Additional Information & Helpful Links

Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program (AETP)

Nebraska's Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program (AETP) provides forgivable loans to eligible students who are working toward initial certification.  The application period for 2018 awards has closed.  The application period for 2019 awards is expected to open by October, 2018.  Please check back at that time for current information.

Contact Information

Jenny Jansky
Jenny Jansky, Certification Officer and Director of Educator Certification
308-865-8266

Laura Buehner
Laura Buehner, Office Associate
Admission to Teacher Education | Student Teaching
308-865-8937

Kristy Buchmeier
Kristy Buchmeier, Office Associate
Certification | Post-baccalaureate Programs
308-865-8264


Jane Blum
Jane Blum, Director of Field Experiences

308-865-8416

Educator Certification Office
COE Bldg. Room C128 | 1615 W. 24th Street | Kearney, NE 68849
Phone: 308-865-8264 | Fax: 308-865-8854