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The first professional sequence course you should enroll in is TE 100 Teaching in a Democratic Society. This course is an introduction to the teaching profession and to the program of study through which teachers progress at UNK.
During TE 100 a representative from the College of Education will visit your classroom and distribute the applications which will be completed at that time. If you happen to miss that class or transfer in TE 100 an application can be obtained in the Educator Certification Office C-128, COE Building.
Full admission to the Teacher Education Program is a requirement for enrolling in most 300 LEVEL (third year) and 400 LEVEL (fourth year) education courses in the renewed teacher education program. It is essential that you complete the admission requirements in a timely fashion (by the middle of the 2nd year).
The term Highly Qualified Teacher refers to the “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) federal legislation that requires all teachers in all schools to be highly qualified to teach in core academic areas.
Beginning with the 2006-2007 school year “new to profession” teachers in Nebraska must meet state requirements in order to be considered as NCLB qualified teachers. For “new to profession” teachers with endorsements in elementary education (regular and special education) this means that an additional content test (EECIA 0011) needs to be passed before those teachers will be considered by the state of Nebraska as NCLB qualified. Specifically, for UNK this means that graduates with endorsements in Elementary Education K-6, Early Childhood Unified B-3rd, Special Education-Behaviorally Disordered P-12, Special Education-Learning Disabilities P-12, and Special Education-Mild and Moderate K-6 should take and pass the EECIA 0011 before the Nebraska Department of Education will consider them as NCLB qualified.
New to profession teachers with endorsements at the Secondary level, Middle Grades level, Physical Education, Health, Music Art, English as a Second Language, Reading Specialist, Communication Disorders or Foreign Language are not included in the EECIA 0011 testing requirement and do not have to take the test to be considered NCLB qualified.
Note that this test is not mandated by the State Department of Education nor the University of Nebraska Kearney.
Teaching candidates purchase and first use TaskStream in TE100. LiveText is also used in selected other education courses and is a part of the student teaching experience. All teaching candidates use TaskStream to create an electronic portfolio. Successful completion of the TaskStream portfolio is a graduation requirement. Near the end of student teaching, all student teachers are responsible for presenting their final TaskStream portfolio to a UNK academic advisor; another UNK faculty member; or a public school teacher or administrator who is not serving as their cooperating teacher. The reviewer of the portfolio must submit a Final TaskStream Portfolio Review Form to the Director of Student Teaching. The final TaskStream Portfolio should include the following Common Assessment Assignments:
* Not required for transfer students who complete an equivalent course elsewhere.
** The format for Captions (one page maximum length) is as follows:
If you need more help, please contact a course instructor for TE 206, the Chairperson of the Teacher Education Department, Chris Knoell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Director of Field Experiences, Ann Knipping(email@example.com).