Transitional Certification Program

Certification Track Two


UNK offers an online program for secondary education (primarily high school) teacher certification to Nebraska residents who have earned a baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree or higher. This program is designed to allow participants the opportunity to pursue and hold a teaching position under a Transitional Certificate while completing the coursework needed to obtain an initial Nebraska Teaching Certificate.

^Additional endorsement areas may be considered upon request of a hiring school district; see Nebraska Department of Education Rule 24 for additional endorsements available.

Available Endorsements

The following endorsements are available through UNK’s Transitional Certification Program:*


The online program consists of:

  • Three 6-credit hour classes, taken in sequence one per semester, for a total of 18 graduate credit hours of online study
  • Two 3-credit hour semesters of student teaching
  • Total equals 24 graduate credit hours of professional education coursework*

*The online professional education coursework sequence consists of the following:

  • TE831: Professional Knowledge and Skills I - 6 credit hours
  • TE832: Professional Knowledge and Skills II - 6 credit hours
  • TE833: Context of Education - 6 credit hours
  • TE834: Transitional Student Teaching I - 3 credit hours
  • TE835: Transitional Student Teaching II - 3 credit hours

*Depending on previous academic work completed, there may be additional coursework required in the specific endorsement subject area of choice.

^Because hiring arrangements are made with school districts within the state,UNK’s Transitional Certification Program is available to Nebraska residents only.

Praxis I Requirements

Passing scores on the Praxis I exam need to be submitted to UNK for full acceptance into Teacher Education. While this exam is not required prior to enrolling in the Transitional Certification Program, it is strongly recommended prior to program entry; you will not be able to obtain full teaching certification without these passing scores. Request the scores be sent to UNK (score recipient code 6467). Official testing centers are located across the state. More information about the Praxis exam and testing guidelines can be found at: or call the UNK Testing Center at 308-865-8054.

Steps to Complete

Potential candidates for this program should complete the following steps in this order:

STEP ONE:Submit the ONLINE INFORMATION REQUEST FORM and CONSENT FORM to initiate a review of your transcripts. Request that your transcripts be evaluated to determine your eligibility for the program and for holding a Transitional Certificate to Teach.

Note: Please be aware that some misdemeanor and felony convictions can prevent applicants from participating in a UNK Teacher Education program and obtaining a Nebraska teaching certificate. If you have a misdemeanor or felony conviction, even if it occurred many years ago or has been set aside, please contact Jenny Jansky, Assistant Director, Educator Certification Office (308) 865-8266 for more information.

STEP TWO: Send official transcripts to:
Chilene Black, Coordinator
Transitional Certification Program
College of Education Building, B117
University of Nebraska - Kearney
1615 W. 24th Street
Kearney, NE 68849
Phone: (308) 865-8056
Fax: (308) 865-8097

Seventy-five percent of the content coursework required for the selected teaching endorsement area(s) must be completed prior to beginning the professional education coursework sequence, along with a 2.75 minimum GPA in that coursework. 
Once you qualify, you would be eligible to enroll in the next available section of TE831 and you would be eligible to teach in the endorsement area(s) for which you qualify, should a school district wish to hire you under a Transitional Certificate. Do not apply at UNK until you have spoken with the program coordinator to confirm the status of your qualification. 

STEP THREE: Confirm the status of your qualification with the program coordinator. Do not apply at UNK until you have spoken with the program coordinator to confirm the status of your application.

STEP FOUR: Apply to UNK through the Graduate Admissions website. When applying choose Initial Certification as your program. This is a certificate program, so you do not need to take the GRE. However, the program is post-baccalaureate so it qualifies as graduate school. The credit hours earned in TCP may be applied to the requirements for a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction (contact information below)to discus this option.

STEP FIVE: After you have been notified of full admission to UNK, send an email to the TCP Director with your NUID number so that a permit can be requested for you to enroll in the first class.

Contact information for the Transitional Certification Office:

Chilene Black, Coordinator
Transitional Certification Program 

College of Education Building, B117 

University of Nebraska – Kearney 

Kearney, NE 68849 

Office Telephone:  (308) 865-8056 

Office Fax: (308) 865-8097 

Email:  blackc@unk.ed;

Dr. Wendy McCarty, Ed.D, Director 

Transitional Certification Program 

College of Education Building, B159 

University of Nebraska – Kearney 

Kearney, NE 68849 

Office Telephone: (308) 865-8074 

Office Fax: (308) 865-8097