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About the Elementary Education Teaching Field Endorsement Degree Program

On Campus

The Elementary Education degree program at UNK is a premier undergraduate teaching program that will prepare students to work with children through their elementary school years.

The College of Education has a reputation for educating Nebraska's best teachers, and faculty understand the importance of getting future educators into real life classroom settings early and often. UNK's close partnership with Kearney and area schools gives students numerous opportunities to interact in both early field experiences and student teaching. Award-winning faculty mentors guide students in these field experiences and throughout their collegiate career to develop quality educators who make a difference in the lives of students.

Important Information

Praxis:

The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests are required for certification in Nebraska and are part of all undergraduate education programs at UNK. The Praxis Subject Assessments are also required for certification in Nebraska.

AETP:

Nebraska’s Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program provides forgivable loans to eligible students who are working toward initial certification.

Student Teaching:

Arrangements are made for students who qualify to complete their student teaching requirement in schools located in Nebraska and other states. Most pre-student teaching and student-teaching field experiences take place in schools that are members of UNK Network of Partner Schools. UNK teacher candidates will complete 16 weeks (12 credit hours) of all-day student teaching. Some teacher candidates who pursue more than one endorsement will be required to complete more hours.

Elementary Education Program at a Glance

120

Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

Degree Received

Elementary Education Teaching Field Endorsement, Bachelor of Arts in Education

$209

Per Credit Hour

With the New Nebraskan Scholarship all undergraduate students pay in-state tuition

"I knew that if I went to UNK I wouldn't get lost in the system. I would still be able to stand out and not be in a bigger school and just kind of blend in. I am very fortunate for my experience at UNK. I had wonderful professors that guided me, advisors that guided me, and they were also great models of what teaching should be."

 

Marissa Kruse

Buffalo Hills Elementary, Kearney, NE

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