Early Childhood Inclusive Program

Student Information

This information is provided for those students who are earning an endorsement in Early Childhood Inclusive online.

Course Offerings

Professional Sequence (For BA & Initial Certification Students only)

TE 100 - Teaching in a Democratic Society
TE 204 - Typical and Atypical Growth & Development
TE 206 - Instructional Technology & the Pre-Service Teacher
TE 318 - Management/Assessment in Preschool/Elementary Classrooms
TE 411 - Inclusive Practices for Students with Exceptionalities in PreK8 Classrooms
TE 400 - Student Teaching  (12 credit hours)
TE 816A - Practicum (Taken in lieu of TE 400 Student Teaching for Additional Endorsement Students only)

Program Specific Courses

TE 311 - Math Methods I
TE 313 - Field Experience: Math
TE 314 - Phonics and Word Study
TE 315 - Literacy Assessment
TE 316 - Primary Grades Literacy
TE 317 - Field Experience: Literacy
TE 349 - Support Young Child/Family
TE 341 - Foundations of Early Childhood Education
TE 342 - Literacy Methods for the Preschool Teacher
TE 343 - Methods of Inclusive Educating: Birth to Age 3
TE 343L - Field Experience: Early Childhood Inclusive
TE 344 - Methods of Inclusive Education: Ages 3-5
TE 344L - Field Experience: Early Childhood Inclusive
TE 346 - ChildCare Administration
TE 348 - Math, Science and Social Studies for Children 0-8
MATH 104 Concepts in Mathematics and Statistics or MATH 102 College Algebra
MATH 230 Math for Elementary Teachers I
MUS 404 Early Childhood Music and Movement
PE 247 - Nutrition, Health and Safety for Young Children
TESE 333 - Young Child Special Needs
TESE 334 Assess/Intervention
TESE 334L Field:Assess/Intervention

Pick one of the following specializations:

Specialization Birth - K

FSID 302 - Parent Education
TE 336 - Methods for Preschool and Kindergarten Classrooms
TE 338 - Infant and Toddler Mental Health
TE 339 Infant and Toddler Curriculum
TE 347 Literacy Methods 0 - 3

Specialization 3 - Grade 3
ART 360 or 407 - Art Method K-6 Early Childhood
Math 330 - Math for Elementary Teachers II
TE 312 - Math Methods II
TE 313 - Field Experience: Math
TE 335 - Inclusive Methods K-3
TE 335L - Field Experience: Inclusive Methods K-3
TE 336 - Methods for Preschool and Kindergarten Classrooms

Courses are rotated regularly and by demand.  Full course descriptions are listed in the UNK undergraduate catalogue at http://aaunk.unk.edu/catalogs/14-15cat/crs/crste.asp

Transfer Students:  If you would like to see what will transfer in for Early Childhood Inclusive Program, please click here.

TE 100 (Teaching in a Democratic Society) – 3 hours; Prerequisite: None – Online Fall

  • Must complete a background check for the required class visits.  Go to www.onesourcebackground.com; go to Quick Links at lower right, choose Student Login, select UNK, select UNK College of Education – Background Check #1.  Pay the $26.75 (subject to change) background check fee; payment will be made to the vendor.
  • 4 School Visits – Online students are responsible for their own school selections for the 4 visits
  • Service Learning Project – Minimum of 15 hour community service project dedicated to helping meet a community need.
  • Taskstream will be required.  The fee varies depending on how many semesters you purchase.  See the following website for more information:  https://www.taskstream.com/pub/

TE 204 (Typical/Atypical Growth and Development) – 4 hours; Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing or above – Online Spring

  • Students will be required to take the PRAXIS CORE exam as part of the class
  • 4 School Visits – Online students are responsible for their own school selections for the 4 visits
  • Taskstream will be required.  The fee varies depending on how many semesters you purchase.  See the following website for more information: https://www.taskstream.com/pub/

TE 311/313 (Math Methods I with Field Experience) – 2.5 hours; Prerequisite: TE 204; Co-requisite: MATH 230 – Online Summer

  • TE 313 (Field Experience: Math) – Students will be placed in two elementary classroom settings (lower & upper elementary) for a total of 20 clock hours.  Students will implement math activities and assessment procedures with individual students.


TE 312/313 (Math Methods II with Field Experience) – 2.5 hours; Prerequisite: TE 311/313 and Admission to Teacher Education; Co-requisite: MATH 330 – Online Spring

  • TE 313 (Field Experience: Math) – Students will develop and implement math activities, lesson plans, and assessment procedures with small groups and the entire class in one elementary classroom setting for a total of 30 clock hours.
  • Taskstream will be required.  The fee varies depending on how many semesters you purchase.  See the following website for more information: https://www.taskstream.com/pub/


TE 314, 315, 316, 317 (Primary Literacy Block) – 7 hours; Prerequisite: TE 318 and Admission to Teacher Education – Online Fall

  • TE 317 (Field Experience: Literacy) – Students will be assigned in a diverse elementary (Kindergarten to Grade 3) classroom setting for 8 full days.  Students will develop and implement primary literacy lesson plans and assessment procedures.  Students should expect to travel to schools that meet the diversity requirement.  Students that are employed in an elementary school, cannot complete this field experience in their place of employment and no family members are allowed in the same building.
  • No Reading Mastery Curriculum can be used for your field experience.
  • Students must take all 4 classes together in the same semester
  • Taskstream will be required.  The fee varies depending on how many semesters you purchase.  See the following website for more information: https://www.taskstream.com/pub/


TE 343/343L (Inclusive Methods 0-3) – 3.5 hours; Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education – Online Spring, Summer, and Fall

  • TE 343L (Field Experience 0-3) – Students will be expected to complete 30 hours in an approved Infant Toddler Program.  Students are expected to complete the field experience by scheduling 3-4 hours once a week for 8-10 weeks.  Students will be placed by their instructor in an early childhood inclusive environment.
  • Taskstream will be required.  The fee varies depending on how many semesters you purchase.  See the following website for more information: https://www.taskstream.com/pub/


TE 344/344L (Inclusive Methods 3-5) – 3.5 hours; Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education – Online Spring and Fall

  • TE 344L (Field Experience 3-5) – Students will be expected to complete 30 hours in an approved Preschool Program.  Students are expected to complete the field experience by scheduling 3-4 hours once a week for 8-10 weeks.  Students will be placed by their instructor in an early childhood inclusive environment.
  • Taskstream will be required.  The fee varies depending on how many semesters you purchase.  See the following website for more information: https://www.taskstream.com/pub/


TE 335/335L (Inclusive Methods K-3) – 3.5 hours; Prerequisite: TESE 333, TE 334/334L, and Admission to Teacher Education – Online Fall
  • TE 335L (Field Experience K-3) – Students will be expected to complete 30 hours in an approved K-3 Elementary Program.  Students are expected to complete the field experience by scheduling 3-4 hours once a week for 8-10 weeks.  Students will be placed by their instructor in an early childhood inclusive environment.
  • Taskstream will be required.  The fee varies depending on how many semesters you purchase.  See the following website for more information: https://www.taskstream.com/pub/


TESE 334/334L (Assessment/Intervention) – 3.5 hours;  Prerequisite:  TESE 333 – Online Spring

  • TE 334L (Field Experience 0-5) – This is a new class that is still under development.  However, students should expect 20-30 hours of field experience with children who have special needs.


TE 400 (Student Teaching) – 12-14 hours – Online Spring and Fall

  • PRAXIS II exam should be taken and passed by the end of the Student Teaching semester before the teaching certificate can be awarded.
  • Must complete a background check for the required class visits.  Go to www.onesourcebackground.com; go to Quick Links at lower right, choose Student Login, select UNK, select UNK College of Education – Student Teaching.  Pay the $26.75 (subject to change) background check fee; payment will be made to the vendor.
  • Taskstream will be required.  The fee varies depending on how many semesters you purchase.  See the following website for more information: https://www.taskstream.com/pub/

 
NOTE:  Students will be required to complete at least (30) clock hours with each age group across the entire developmental period of early childhood (infants and toddlers, preschool-kindergarten, and the primary grades 1-3) under a variety of settings that offer early childhood education such as child care centers and homes, Head Start programs, public or private centers, or community agencies and schools.  For more information, see the Early Childhood Inclusive requirements listed in RULE 24 by the Nebraska Department of Education.

NOTE:  For further information about class and field experience requirements, please refer to the Field Experience Handbook”.  You can download the handbook for free as an iBook on iTunes or it is available on the Early Childhood Inclusive Online Program web page.

Student Teaching Reminders

Application forms are due to the Educator Certification Office in the College of Education by the first Tuesday of February for Fall placements and the first Tuesday in September for Spring placements. Other prerequisites to student teaching that must have been successfully addressed are:

  1. Admittance to Teacher Education
  2. An overall UNK grade point average of 2.5 or higher (2.75 for students who started 2013 and later)
  3. A grade of "C" or higher in all TE courses
  4. Satisfactory performance on the Individual Lesson Plan Case Study Common Assessment
  5. Satisfactory performance in all pre-student teaching (school-based activity) field experiences and an assessment of teaching dispositions 
Applying for Student Teaching
  1. Slides from PowerPoint presentation (optional-print as "handout" with 6 slides per page)
    Note: Read through the slides which explain the rules and regulations as well as the procedure for applying to student teaching and the requirements while student teaching. 
    Please pay special attention to the notes at the bottom of each slide.


    Print off the following documents to follow along with the PowerPoint slides:
    Applying for Student Teaching Checklist
    UNK Student Teaching Background Check Information
    Education Credential File Information
    Co-Teaching Brochure
    Essay Questions for Student Teaching Application
    Map
    Partner Schools list
    Praxis II handout 10-15-13
    Rules & Regulations for Student Teaching

  2. Online Student Teaching application
    Note: When requesting placement, please include name of contact person and address if requesting a placement other than a public school entity.
  3. The Educator Certification Office will make sure your advisor signs your application.
  4. Once your placement has been verified, you will receive your student teaching materials and cooperating teacher packet in the mail.  You do not have to come to the Educator Certification Office to pick them up.
  5. Background checks are required for any student teacher not currently employed by a school district.  Unless you are currently employed by a school district, you will need to complete a background check before being able to student teach.  There is a $26.75 charge.