Transitional Certification Program

Transitional Certification Program

The Transitional Certification Program at UNK is an alternative teacher certification pathway for individuals with a baccalaureate degree or higher who wish to earn an Initial Teaching Certificate issued by the Nebraska Department of Education.

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There are two tracks to the Transitional Certification Program. Each of these tracks requires a student teaching component in addition to successful completion of all Teacher Education Professional Sequence coursework, in addition to passing the Praxis I core exam and the Praxis II subject assessment.  If you are not seeking an immediate career change to a teaching profession and would like to take coursework first, choose Track One. If you are seeking an immediate career change to teaching profession and have either been offered a teaching position or plan to apply for a teaching position, choose Track Two. NOTE: If you have a teaching certificate from another state obtained through an alternative teacher licensure program, it will not be recognized by the Nebraska Department of Education without a thorough review; contact the Nebraska Department of Education's Teacher Certification Department for more information.

Upon successful completion of the entire professional sequence, recommendation will be made to the Nebraska Department of Education for the issuance of an Initial Nebraska Teaching Certificate.

Dr. Wendy McCarty, Ed.D
Director, Transitional Certification Program
B159 College of Education Building
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849
Phone 308-865-8074
Fax 308-865-8097
email: mccartywl@unk.edu

Online Post-Baccalaureate Study

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  • PLEASE NOTE: All Teacher Education Professional Sequence courses are offered online; NOT ALL Endorsement content area coursework is available online at UNK.
  • Prospective candidates will have an Academic Department Review of their transcripts, in the endorsement area(s) they choose, completed by UNK Department Chairs, upon application to UNK.
  • Credit for content area coursework may be given from other educational institutions with the permission of the respective Department Chair.
  • Teacher Education Professional Sequence coursework is completed through online courses specifically developed for this program and offered only through the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Online Post-Baccalaureate study while employed as a teacher

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  • PLEASE NOTE: All Teacher Education Professional Sequence courses are offered online; NOT ALL Endorsement content area coursework is available online at UNK. 
  • Prospective candidates will have their transcripts evaluated, for the endorsement area(s) they choose, by the Director of the Transitional Certification Program using Rule 24 of the Nebraska Department of Education.
  • Qualified candidates may then be eligible for employment by a school district under a Transitional Certificate in order to fill a vacancy on its teaching staff.
  • Credit for content area coursework may be given from other educational institutions with the permission of the TCP Director.
  • Teacher Education Professional Sequence coursework is completed through online courses specifically developed for this program and offered only through the University of Nebraska at Kearney while participants are employed as classroom teachers.