Education

General Information

The College of Education is comprised of five academic units: the Departments of Counseling; Educational Administration and Supervision; Special Education and Communication Disorders; Teacher Education; and the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Through its departments and school, the college seeks to prepare individuals for careers in a variety of fields including teaching, educational administration, counseling, community health, athletic training, exercise science, recreation and leisure, library science, special education, educational interpreter, and speech-language pathology. The college offers programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This catalog describes only those programs at the undergraduate level.

All programs lead to a Bachelor of Science in Education (BED) degree. Some programs must be completed in conjunction with one (or more) other programs and most programs also lead to state certification. Additionally, the college offers a number of special course sequences which do not result in a degree but which result in added teaching endorsements.

For additional information…

visit the website at http://coe.unomaha.edu.

Conceptual Framework

The College of Education’s philosophy and purpose are grounded in the central principles identified by the faculty for preparing graduates who are dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens. The outcomes/goals related to the principles focus on the knowledge, skills, and disposition espoused by the faculty and are built on the fundamental belief that all children can learn. The full text of the conceptual framework may be found at http://coe.unomaha.edu/cframework.php.

Admission to College of Education

Prospective students may apply for admission to the college by indicating their preference on the University Application for Admission (Section B). Only students with “Assured” admission status will be eligible for entrance into the college (see the admission requirements outlined in the General Information section of this catalog).

Application deadlines for admission to the College of Education are:

  • August 1 for the fall semester
  • December 1 for the spring semester
  • June 1 for the summer sessions

Admission to the College of Education does not guarantee admission to a specific program. Certain programs, including teacher preparation, require a separate application and admission process.

Transfer Admission from Other Colleges and Universities

Students may transfer into the college from other institutions by completing the application process described above and meeting the minimum cumulative grade point average (gpa) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

Transfer Admission by Change of College/Major

Students transferring from another college on the UNO campus to the College of Education must meet the minimum cumulative gpa requirement of 2.5. In addition, individuals interested in teacher preparation must also pass all sections of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) in order to transfer into the college.

Transfer Credit Policy

Although UNO does not transfer grade point averages from institutions outside of the University of Nebraska system, the College of Education does consider grade point average for all transfer coursework.

Official transcripts must be sent to the UNO Office of Admissions from each previous college or university attended whether credit was earned or not. Hand-carried or student submitted transcripts are not acceptable.

Only credits earned at accredited institutions will be accepted by the college. The college will accept, for transfer, grades of “C-” or better. Credits earned at an institution which is part of the Nebraska Network of Community Colleges will be accepted by the college provided the grades are the equivalent of a “C-” or better. Credits from institutions seeking regional accreditation (but not yet accredited) may be accepted after 30 hours of work are satisfactorily completed at UNO. Acceptance of any transfer credits by the college does not ensure application to a particular program or endorsement. Determination of applicability is the responsibility of the specific department/school.

Professional education courses will be accepted only from institutions which are accredited for teacher education by the state and/or regional accrediting agency. Education courses will not be accepted from junior colleges or two-year institutions unless the college has a specific articulation agreement with that institution.

Individuals with degrees in education, transferring to the College of Education for teacher certification only, must successfully complete all program requirements prior to student teaching. (The program course work for any endorsement must total a minimum of 12 hours, six of which are in the major area.)

Academic Performance

The following quality of work standards apply to all individuals in the college.

  • Maintain a cumulative gpa of 2.5 or higher (Computation of grade point average is based on all course work attempted [UNO and transfer hours]) for admission to the College of Education. Specific programs may have additional gpa requirements.
  • A minimum grade of C- must be earned in all degree and certification requirements, endorsements, specializations, and minors.

NOTE: Please see departments’/school’s sections for information on programs, lists of courses, and additional academic performance requirements.

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

A Bachelor of Science in Education degree requires a minimum of 125 credit hours; 30 of the last 36 hours must be taken in residence. General education requirements apply to all programs. Candidates in teacher preparation programs must also complete all requirements in the professional education sequence, and the requirements for their teaching certificate and endorsement/specialization area(s). Students in non-teacher preparation programs must complete all the requirements of the particular program. Program specifications and expectations are noted in the departments’/school’s sections of this catalog or on the college website, http://coe.unomaha.edu.

Correspondence Credit/Credit by Exam

An individual may count toward graduation no more than 15 hours of credit taken by distance learning. The College of Education will accept toward a degree program those courses for which credit by examination is given (up to 30 hours) and recommended by the respective departments within the colleges of the university. Up to eight credit hours of elective credit may be allowed for military service.

General Education Requirements

All students in a degree program in the college must meet the university general education requirements. Additional information on these requirements can be found on page 69 of this catalog and on the University General Education website (http://gened.unomaha.edu/). Please contact an academic advisor for recommended choices for the major.

Certain majors/programs in the College of Education require specific related content course work. For further information and details, see the requirements for particular majors/programs, visit the college website (http://gened.unomaha.edu), or contact an academic advisor.

Other Information

Academic Amnesty

Individuals without a previous degree who are currently enrolled in the College of Education, and who have successfully completed one full year of course work at UNO, may petition to have all course work taken during all or part of their first two years removed for the purpose of computing grade point average. One full year of successful course work at UNO shall be defined as 24 consecutive hours with a grade point average of at least 2.50.

Deletion of previous course work shall be by entire semester(s)‚ or year(s) as the case may be and the student must be at least four years removed from the semester or year to be deleted. Individuals who apply under this rule may not be considered for degrees with honors at graduation.

The petition for academic amnesty is submitted in accordance with the following guidelines:

  1. After consultation with an advisor, the individual is responsible for initiating the petition.
  2. The petition should be addressed to the dean of the college. It should include the individual’s name, identification number, and address, as well as identification of the specific semesters for which removal is being requested.
  3. The petition should be submitted to the Dean’s Office, Roskens Hall 211.
  4. The individual is advised in writing regarding the dean’s decision. Copies of the decision are sent to the individual’s advisor and the registrar.

Note: Application of the College of Education’s amnesty policy for students in other colleges at UNO is possible under the following circumstances:

  1. The individual meets the cumulative hour and gpa requirements of the College of Education’s amnesty policy.
  2. The individual must have “assured” admission status. (See general information section of the undergraduate catalog for description of the admission categories.)
  3. The application of the College of Education policy will raise the cumulative gpa to the required 2.5 overall average.

Academic Advising

Candidates are encouraged to establish and keep close contact with their academic advisors. In this way, one’s progress through a program may be facilitated and serious mistakes can be avoided. The college maintains an undergraduate advising office which is open at regularly scheduled hours and is located in Roskens Hall 204. Non-teaching majors in Health, Physical Education and Recreation are advised in HPER 207. Speech Pathology majors are advised in Roskens Hall 204. Undergraduate advisors can provide direct assistance to students or can refer them to the appropriate faculty members for special advice. Individuals should consult with an advisor for schedule approval prior to each registration.

Application for Degree

All students graduating from UNO must file an “Application for Degree” with the Registrar’s Office and pay the required fee at the beginning of the semester in which they will graduate and not later than the date listed in the university calendar. Failure to file for the degree by this deadline may postpone a student’s graduation date. Applications are available online via mavlink. After applying for the degree, students should visit the UNO Bookstore as soon as possible to order the cap and gown and graduation announcements.

Dean’s List

First-time undergraduate, degree seeking students enrolled in the College of Education who maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or better while carrying 12 or more graded hours will earn the distinction of being placed on the Dean’s Honor List at the end of the semester.

Grade Appeals

Individuals who believe that their grade in a particular course does not properly reflect their performance or that the instructor acted in an arbitrary or capricious manner in determining the grade should first contact the instructor to determine the rationale for the grade or if there was an error in reporting. Consultation with the instructor should take place before taking any formal action in regard to a grade appeal.

After the instructor has provided the rationale for the grade in question and has indicated that no error in reporting was made, the individual may then wish to petition the department/school for reconsideration. In such instances, the student should contact the department chair/school director to obtain information on the procedures to follow in requesting an appeal at the department/school level.

If an individual believes that the department/school action did not comply with the due process procedures or did not provide legitimate relief, he/she may petition the Student Affairs Committee of the College of Education. The Student Affairs Committee is the appellate body for grade appeals after a student has received a decision at the department/school level. Students wishing to appeal a grade to the Student Affairs Committee should contact the Dean’s Office (Kayser Hall 334) to obtain the procedures to follow in filing an appeal.

Program Progress

Individuals are expected to progress steadily toward the degree. Majors enrolled in the College of Education will complete work for the degree according to the requirements of the catalog of the year in which they entered the college. For interruptions in enrollment of more than one semester, individuals will be held to the requirements of the catalog of the year when they re-enter the college.

Probation/Disenrollment

If an individual’s cumulative gpa falls below the college and/or program requirement, he/she will be given one semester of probation to raise his/her grade point average. If the minimum cumulative gpa requirement is not attained at the end of the probationary semester,the student will be disenrolled from the college and/or program.

Repeating Courses

A College of Education student who receives a grade below “C-”, an “I” (Incomplete), or a “W” (Withdraw) in any undergraduate course with a department prefix of EDUC, HED, HPER, PE, RLS, SPED, or TED may re-enroll in that course for one additional time for a total of two attempts.

Special Note: A candidate who is removed from or withdraws from any field, clinical, practicum, or student teaching experience, regardless of reason for the removal/withdrawal, must appeal to be allowed to repeat the experience. If the appeal is granted, the candidate must reapply for a placement. A candidate may repeat such experiences only once.

Requirements For Teacher Preparation Program

The college offers teacher preparation programs in the following areas: elementary education, middle grades education, secondary education, physical education, health education, and special education. Art education and music education are offered through the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media.

Students seeking preparation to be teachers should check the College of Education’s website (http://coe.unomaha.edu/oss/admissions.php) or contact an academic advisor for the criteria.

Application for Admission to Teacher Preparation Program

Students meeting the above criteria must formally apply for admission to the teacher preparation program. Formal admission policies can be found on the college website at http://coe.unomaha.edu/oss/PreEdadmissions.php. (Deadlines for applying are: October 1 for spring semester; and March 1 and June 1 for fall semester.)

Admission is selective. Meeting the criteria for applying does not ensure admission to the teacher preparation program.

Students planning to transfer to a teacher preparation program in the College of Education from another college within UNO must meet all of the above conditions and formally apply for admission to the teacher preparation program.

All students accepted into the Teacher Preparation Program must complete a background check. The background check must be conducted in the time frame and by the vendor determined by the College of Education. The student is responsible for the cost of the background check.

Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)

All individuals completing teacher certification programs in the state of Nebraska must pass all sections of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST). The exam includes testing in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. The test is designed to provide information about basic proficiency in communication and computation. The minimum passing scores for each part of the test (Reading, Writing and Mathematics) are 173.

With the exception of EDUC 2030 Human Relations, EDUC 2020 Educational Foundations, and certain HPER courses, no professional education courses may be taken until all sections of the PPST have been passed.

Registration packets for the written version of the PPST are available at the Testing Center in the Eppley Administration Building, Room 113, 402-554-4800. Registration for PPST must be received by ETS before the registration deadline. The computer-based version of the PPST may be taken at the UNO Testing Center, Eppley Administration Building 113, 402-554-4800, or the Prometric Test Center, 15606 Elm Street, 402-614-4343. A fee is required for taking either the written or computer-based version of the test. For more information, visit coe.unomaha.edu/oss/ppstinfo.php

Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Test (EECIA)

Graduates seeking endorsements in elementary education and/or elementary special education must take the Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (EECIA) test in order to be recommended for certification by the College of Education. The EECIA is a test in the Praxis II series offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Students are recommended to take the exam immediately before or during the semester in which they complete student teaching. A score of 159 is needed to be considered No Child Left Behind (NCLB) qualified by the Nebraska Department of Education. Test registration information, dates, and locations can be found on the ETS website at http://www.ets.org/.

Professional Education Sequence

All candidates in programs leading to teacher certification must complete the courses that constitute the professional education sequence. The professional education sequence is composed of 15 credit hours organized into five courses of three credits each: EDUC 2020 Educational Foundations; EDUC 2030 Human Relations; EDUC 2010 Human Growth and Learning; EDUC 2510 Applied Special Education; EDUC 2520 Instructional Systems; and EDUC 2524 Intermediate Field Experiences.

EDUC 2020 and EDUC 2030 are open to all students on the UNO campus with a 2.5 gpa. EDUC 2030 meets the Nebraska Department of Education requirement for human relations. To enroll in any other professional education sequence course (EDUC 2010, EDUC 2510, and EDUC 2520), candidates must have been admitted to a teacher preparation program and must satisfy any other prerequisites listed for the course. Candidates who receive a grade below “C-”, an “I” (Incomplete), or a “W” (Withdraw) in a professional education sequence course may not continue in the professional course sequence until that grade is removed.

EDUC 2010 must be completed satisfactorily prior to enrollment in the last two courses. EDUC 2510 and EDUC 2520 and the EDUC2524 Intermediate Field Experiences are completed in the same semester.

NOTE: Candidates, who receive a grade below “C-” or an “I”; or who voluntarily withdraw from any laboratory or field experience after being identified as a student in jeopardy; or who are withdrawn from any laboratory or field experience must petition the Field Placement Advisory Committee to continue in the program.

Professional Dispositions

Teaching is a profession that requires its potential candidates be individuals of integrity. Prospective teachers must demonstrate that they are individuals of strong moral character who can make mature decisions for themselves and for the students they will teach. Teachers are responsible for the education, safety, and well-being of anyone in their charge. The College of Education prepares future teachers who show a high degree of moral character and the ability to act responsibly inside and outside of the classroom. These individuals serve as representatives of the college and the University, and must demonstrate the personal and professional dispositions of the teaching profession.

Inappropriate behaviors on the part of candidates which, in the college’s reasonable judgement, violate the university’s Student Code of Conduct, establish a lack of integrity or moral/ethical character, or demonstrate conduct and patterns of behavior inconsistent with the personal and professional dispositions expected in the teaching profession are not tolerated. Such behavior shall be sufficient grounds for 1) denial of admission to or enrollment in and 2) dismissal from or removal from programs, courses, observations, field experiences, practica, student teaching, and similar field-based experiences that lead to certification. Displays or patterns of behaviors may be established by any credible means including, but not limited to, the facts surrounding a record of arrests or convictions.

Candidates who exhibit inappropriate behaviors may be referred for a conference of concern. The purpose of this conference is to formally identify the unsuitable behaviors, recommend corrective action(s), and determine the candidate’s suitability for continuing in teacher preparation.

NOTE: In accordance with the Nebraska Department of Education, Rule 20, the following information must be provided to all persons who apply for admission to programs leading to teacher certification: Persons who have felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving abuse, neglect or sexual misconduct are automatically rejected by the Nebraska Department of Education for certification.

Field/Clinical/Practicum/Student Teaching Experiences

As part of their teacher preparation program, candidates are required to complete various field, clinical, practicum, and student teaching experiences. In accordance with policies and procedures of the Nebraska Department of Education, and in compliance with the requests of cooperating school districts, no candidate will be permitted to participate in K-12 classroom-based experiences (including student teaching) until a signed statement of personal and professional fitness to teach has been completed. The statement of personal and professional fitness is required as part of the admission application to Teacher Preparation. A candidate who withdraws from or is removed from any field, clinical, practicum, or student teaching experience may repeat the experience one time following the appropriate appeal through the Field Placement Advisory Committee and reapplication process.

Student Teaching/Practicum Background Checks

All student teachers and practicum students must complete a criminal background check prior to their experience. The background check must be conducted in the time frame and by a vendor determined by the College of Education. The student is responsible for the cost of the background check.

Student Teaching Policies

All candidates for elementary, middle grades, special education, or secondary teacher certification will be required to complete one semester of full-day student teaching for a total of 12 credit hours. Candidates seeking additional endorsements to the basic certificate will be required to complete an additional student teaching experience in their endorsement area(s). Student teaching experiences will be completed in identified, local, metropolitan area schools where placement and supervision are arranged through the College of Education.

Student Teaching Orientation is completed in conjunction with student teaching. This field experience is a non-credit lab consisting of two weeks preceding student teaching on site in a single school.

Admission to student teaching is by application only. Application for student teaching must be made in the fall or spring term preceding the student teaching semester. Applicants cannot be considered for placement unless all application materials are submitted by the announced deadlines: October 1 for spring student teaching and February 15 for fall student teaching.

Candidates must have satisfactorily completed all of their course work prior to student teaching.

A minimum grade of C- must be earned in all degree and certification requirements, endorsements, specializations and minors. All grade of incomplete , D+ and below must be removed prior to student teaching. Candidates are responsible for contacting their advisor regarding said grades.

Candidates must have a minimum cumulative gpa of 2.75 or higher in order to be eligible to student teach.

Special Note: Candidates who are withdrawn from any student teaching placement, or who voluntarily withdraw after being identified as a candidate in jeopardy must petition the Field Placement Advisery Committee if they wish to continue in their professional preparation program.

Certification

Upon successful completion of all course work and student teaching, candidates are eligible for a State of Nebraska teaching certificate. Candidates should apply for the certificate in the semester they graduate. Information on application procedures can be obtained in the Office of Student Services, Kayser Hall 326. (http://coe.unomaha.edu/oss/certification/initialteachercert)

Renewal of Certificate

Courses taken for renewal of a teaching or administrative certificate must be approved prior to enrollment by an advisor in the College of Education. Courses taken at non-accredited institutions or institutions without an approved teacher education program are not applicable to renewals. (coe.unomaha.edu/oss/certification/renewalcert.php)