ECI Endorsement Information

Thank you for your interest in pursuing an Early Childhood Inclusive endorsement at UNK. Making a commitment to this educational goal is a significant step. While this message is somewhat lengthy, this information is provided to help you make an informed decision as to whether or not you want to move forward in pursuit of an education program at UNK. We believe all the information provided should be considered before entering a teacher education program.

Time and Financial Commitments

Earning a teaching endorsement invariably requires significant investments of time and money depending greatly upon what classes you transfer to UNK and what classes you have remaining to complete the endorsement. If you are pursuing an Additional Endorsement, you can expect approximately 51-54 hours, those seeking Initial Certification can expect 78-81 hours, and those seeking a Bachelor’s Degree can expect up to 120 hours depending on what courses transfer from your previous schools. The number of years to complete the program will depend on the rotation schedule of the required courses in the program and the number of courses you take each semester.

Please know that the Early Childhood Inclusive program contains a significant number of field experiences (time spent observing and/or teaching in early childhood programs and primary grade school settings). The field experiences component of earning a teaching endorsement at UNK includes:

1. The state of Nebraska requires a minimum of 100 clock hours of prestudent teaching field experience. The Early Childhood Inclusive program requires significantly more clock hours. Almost without exception, individuals taking field based courses must be available during regular school hours (8 AM – 3 PM) for selected field days and times as required by each class.
2. A student teaching experience. Student teaching is an all‐day (8AM‐4PM)/all‐semester (16 weeks) experience in a Birth-3rd placement, which is often in a school setting. The vast majority of student teaching placements happen between the months of August and May.

Please see our Student Accounts website and follow the “tuition” link to estimate your financial commitment. You may also want to visit our Financial Aid website for possible loan and scholarship information.

Test Requirements

One of the first things that you should know is that the Nebraska Department of Education requires all teachers to pass two tests prior to receiving a Nebraska teaching certificate. The tests are as follows:

1. Praxis Core (PPST prior to September 1, 2014) — a basic skills test (reading, writing, and math) taken at the beginning of your program. We strongly recommend that you make passing the PRAXIS Core exam a priority early in your program. (This test is not required for those students who are adding an ECI endorsement to a certificate.)

2. Subject Assessments (Formerly PRAXIS II) — a content test taken at the end of an endorsement program just before student teaching.

Starting September 1st, 2014, all students working on the Early Childhood Unified/Inclusive program will be required by UNK and the Nebraska Department of Education to take the Subject Assessment test (5024) “Education of Young Children”.  To be qualified as a “highly qualified teacher” under “No Child Left Behind (NCLB)”, which affects school districts, students will also need to take the Subject Assessment test (5017) “Elementary Education: Curriculum and Instruction Assessment”.

We recommend that you carefully review the exam information located on the http://www.ets.org/praxis website, including test preparation materials, before you enroll for the exam. The current cost of the Praxis Core test is $150 for all three sections: reading, writing, and math.

Admission to Teacher Education Requirements (Bachelor and Initial Certification Seeking Students Only)

  • Complete ENG 102, SPCH 100, TE 100, and TE 204 or TE 206 with a “C” or higher (2.0 GPA)
  • Establish and maintain a 2.75 GPA or higher.
  • Successfully pass all three components of the PRAXIS Core exam: Reading – 156, Math – 150, and Writing – 162
  • Successfully complete the Service Learning Project
  • See www.unk.edu/certification for a complete list of requirements.

Parts to the Program
1. General Studies: A minimum of 46 hours are required for Bachelor seeking students only. Most General Studies courses will be available online from UNK except Math, Science, and some English, which may be taken at other institutions and substituted into your program with the prior approval from the program director.

2. Program Specific Courses: As mentioned above, the number of content courses required depends on how many credit hours you may have taken that we can substitute into the program. Content courses are offered online at UNK on a rotational basis. Some may be taken at other institutions and substituted into your program with the prior approval from the program director.

3. Professional Sequence courses: Initial Certification and Bachelor seeking students will complete 27 credit hours of professional sequence courses: TE 100, 204, 206, 318, 411, 400 and Additional Endorsement students will complete a 3 credit hour practicum: TE 816a.


Your Next Steps
1. Carefully review the information presented above.

  • Does UNK’s program seem to be a potentially good fit?
  • Is it possible for you, in your current life situation, to pursue a teaching endorsement given the time and cost requirements summarized above?

If your responses to the questions above are positive and you are ready to enter the program, proceed to Step 2.

2. Your next step is to fill out the “Request Unofficial ECI Transcript Review” form. Please click on the following link to request a review of your transcripts: request unofficial transcript review. Please also email unofficial copies of your transcripts from all previous colleges you have attended to the following email address: blackc@unk.edu. A review of your transcripts will then be completed and emailed to the address you listed on the “Request ECI transcript review” form. After you receive a copy of your transcript review, you will know exactly what classes will be required in your program.

3. You may apply to UNK through the Graduate Admissions Office (Initial Certification or Additional Endorsement) or through the Undergraduate Admissions Office (Bachelors). Send your official transcripts from every institution that you have attended to the following addresses (High School transcripts are needed for Undergraduates only):

For Initial Certification or Additional Endorsement:
Graduate Admissions
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Warner Hall, Room 2131
Kearney, NE 68849
800-717-7881 | gradstudies@unk.edu

For Bachelors:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Memorial Student Affairs Building
2504 9th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68849

Please be sure to follow up with the admissions office to be sure you are fully admitted.  If you have financial aid questions at this point, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

4. After you have confirmed your admission with Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions, contact Chilene Black or Dr. Dawn Mollenkopf for advising.

Contact Information and Helpful Links

Thank you for your careful consideration of an Early Childhood Inclusive Endorsement program at UNK. Please feel free to contact us if we can help further.

The information above is subject to change as state and university policies change.

Early Childhood Inclusive Program