Educator Certification Office

Admission to Teacher Education Requirements

Admission into the Teacher Education Program must be achieved before you are allowed to enroll in most 300-level (third year) and 400-level (fourth year) education courses.  An application to Teacher Education is completed in TE 100GS.  If you transfer in TE 100GS, complete an application in the Educator Certification Office.  Ideally, most students should complete the admission requirements by the middle of their sophomore year.  Admission requirements can change.  Refer to your catalog to verify your requirements. Current requirements are listed below.

Coursework

Complete the following courses with a "C" (2.0 GPA) or better:  ENG 102GS, SPCH 100GS, TE 100GS, and TE 204 or TE 206 (both TE 204 and 206 must be completed prior to student teaching).  Music Education students will take MUS 201 instead of TE 206.

GPA

Establish and maintain a UNK overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.  (A minimum GPA of 2.50 is required for students on catalogs prior to 2013-14.)

Praxis I (PPST)

Successfully complete all three components of the Praxis I (PPST) exam.  Passing test scores, determined by the State of Nebraska Department of Education, are:  Reading-170; Math-171; Writing-172.  An exception is made if the total of the three scores is 513, and two components have passing scores, and the score of the third component is within one point of the minimum passing score.  See the Educator Certification Office if you qualify for this exception.

For more information and to schedule a test, visit the ETS website.  Be certain to indicate #6467 University of Nebraska Kearney as a score recipient.

Practice tests and study materials are available through the Calvin T. Ryan Library website.  Students may check out study materials, in person, from the Educator Certification Office.

IMPORTANT:  Effective September 1, 2014, students will be required to take the Praxis Core exam instead of the PPST.

Service Learning Project (SLP)

Successfully complete the Service Learning Project (SLP), which is assigned in TE 100GS.  If you are not required to take TE 100GS, pick up the SLP assignment in the Teacher Education Department, COE B117.

Note:  You have not completed the SLP until Mrs. Stritz sends an email to you and the Educator Certification Office confirming completion.  A grade in TE 100GS does not signify your SLP is successfully completed.

Department recommendation

Receive recommendation form you advisor(s).  Recommendation forms are completed in TE 100GS.  If you are not required to take TE 100GS, visit the Educator Certification Office.

Declare an education major

If you are an undergraduate student, you must officially declare an education major.  For may students, this is taken care of during the admissions process.  If not, you may change your major in the Academic and Career Serivces Office located in the Memorial Student Affairs Building, MSAB 140.

Comply with Rules 20 & 21

Establish the absence of any criminal conviction that would prevent you from receiving a Nebraska teaching certificate (Rule 20) and provide evidence of sufficient emotional and mental fitness(Rule 21). You will satisfy this requirement in TE 100GS.  If you have transferred in TE 100GS, please see the Educator Certification Office.

Important:  If your Rule 20 and/or Rule 21 status changes, you must inform the Educator Certification Office immediately and provide court papers when available.  Failing to do so may cause your admission to Teacher Education to be delayed or revoked.  Furthermore, if you do not inform the Educator Certification Office of a conviction (Rule 20) or an order of determination (Rule 21) before it is discovered on your student teaching background check, student teaching may be delayed or denied.