Department of Teacher Education

UNK's teacher education department has been the backbone of the educational system since its beginning as Nebraska State Normal School in 1905. Chances are, if you were educated in Nebraska, your teachers, coaches, principals or superintendent have education credentials from UNK. This 112-year history educating Nebraska's educators brings an unmatched reputation and legacy that our graduates take with them to their schools and throughout their careers.


Here at UNK, students get in the classroom early and often, and our close partnership with Kearney and area schools gives students numerous opportunities to interact in both early practicums and student teaching experiences. We know the value of hands-on learning and we are here to guide you in these field experiences.

Undergraduate students: whatever your teaching dream or goal, our skilled and dedicated faculty are here to mentor and guide you toward attaining that goal, and your peers in the classroom will help you achieve what you are called to do. (View Endorsement Options)


Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree:
Elementary Education Teaching Field Endorsement
Middle Grades Teaching Endorsement
Special Education Teaching Field Endorsement (K-6, 7-12, K-12)
Early Childhood Inclusive Teaching Field Endorsement

Bachelor of Science in Education Degree:
Middle Grades Teaching Field Endorsement


Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree:
Early Childhood Inclusive Teaching Field Endorsement (ECI)

Graduate students: Whether you are looking for a master's program or are an experienced teacher searching for professional development, we have great opportunities for you. Both, in-person and online, our master's programs will help you build on the success of your career to help you achieve the accomplishment or goal you desire, while becoming a more constructive and skilled teacher.


Master of Arts in Education Degree:
Curriculum and Instruction
Reading PK-12
Special Education & Gifted Education

Master of Science in Education Degree:
Instructional Technology


Initial Teaching Certification (prerequisite: bachelor’s degree)
Transitional Certification Program (TCP)

Teaching is indeed a calling. At UNK, we can help you make a difference in the lives of students – ultimately making a big difference in the world today and tomorrow.

Learn more by exploring our program options, view our mission and objectives, browse our TE Undergrad brochure, or schedule a visit.

Contact Us:
Teacher Education
Kim Rehtus
Mary Volker
COE, B117