Office of Educator Certification

Admission to Teacher Education Requirements--Transitional Certification Program

You must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program before you are allowed to enroll in TE 833/403. An application to Teacher Education is completed in TE 831P/401. Program requirements are listed below.


Complete TE 831P/401 with a “C” (2.0 GPA) or better and be enrolled in TE 832.


Establish and maintain a UNK overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Praxis I (PPST)

Successfully complete all three components of the Praxis I 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 your three scores is 513 or above, you pass two components, and the score of the third component is within one point of the minimum passing score. Contact the Educator Certification Office with any questions.

For more on the Praxis I exam and to schedule your test, visit the ETS website. Be certain to indicate #6467 University of NE Kearney as a score recipient.

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

Department Recommendations

TCP students achieve department recommendation in one of two ways: 1) with a completed Academic Department Review on file in the Educator Certification Office, or 2) copies of transitional certification recommendation forms on file in the Educator Certification Office.

Comply with Rules 20 & 21

Before you participate in any field experience, you are required to establish the absence of any criminal conviction (misdemeanor or felony) that would prevent you from receiving a Nebraska teaching certificate (Rule 20) and provide evidence of sufficient emotional or mental fitness (Rule 21). Court papers for all convictions, other than traffic infractions, MIP, and DUI, must on file in the Educator Certification Office. You will satisfy this requirement in TE 831P/401 by fully completing the required documents and submitting court papers, if applicable.

If you hold a transitional teaching certificate, you have fulfilled the Rule 20 and 21 requirements when you applied for your certificate and are not required to submit court papers to 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, your student teaching may be delayed or denied.