About the Department

The University of Nebraska at Kearney's teacher education department has been the backbone of the educational system since its beginning as Nebraska State Normal School in 1905. More than likely, if you were educated in Nebraska, your teachers, coaches, principals or superintendent have education credentials from UNK. This history of 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. 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.

Steve Joel

"We have always had a wonderful relationship with the College of Education. If we had an idea, UNK was always willing to consider the idea and would commit people and resources to it. I have nothing but great things to say about our relationship with UNK.”

Steve Joel

Lincoln Public Schools


Beyond the Classroom

At the University of Nebraska at Kearney, you have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, and more. The Teacher Education Department strongly believes in getting students into classrooms early and often. With multiple scholarship and internship options available, you will have the skill-sets that future employers are looking for. 
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Student Organizations

  • ELED ELED tours education facilities, listens to speakers, volunteers, and gets involved on campus and in the community. ELED has monthly meetings and helps to make our members more aware of their resources in the community and on campus.
  • Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. Minimum GPA of 3.5 and initiation required.
  • S.E.A.N Student Education Association of Nebraska is a University of Nebraska-Kearney campus organization that is open to all education majors. We are an affiliate of the Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA), and the National Educational Association (NEA).
  • S.O. College Our mission is to unite college students and people with developmental disabilities to enhance their lives through sport, friendship, advocacy and other activities.
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With multiple internship opportunities, UNK's Teacher Education Department allows students to get into classrooms as early as their freshman year. This allows our students to develop their skill-sets early, which makes them admirable to future employers.

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  • Incoming Freshman Scholarships These scholarships are available to all incoming freshmen at UNK, and are divided by resident and non-resident applications.
  • Continuing Student Scholarships Eligible students may apply for the Continuing Student Scholarships each year from February 1 through midnight on the last day of February by accessing the online application on MyBLUE.
  • Graduate Student Scholarships Graduate Student Scholarships consist of outside application scholarships, as well as the Continuing Student Scholarships found in MyBLUE.