Teacher Education Department

Teacher Education at UNO is dedicated to your success and the success of our region's children and teens. As an undergraduate student you will receive one-on-one guidance from an instructional coach who will give you meaningful feedback on your skills as you practice teaching in one of our many partner schools. This process will prepare you for the clinical practice experience and the real world of teaching upon graduation. As a graduate student in one of our award-winning programs, you'll experience blended learning with distance friendly classes taught by professors with PK-12 classroom experience.

Whether you want to teach kindergarten or high school math, whether you are a first year student or an experienced educator seeking more skills, you will benefit from the unique network of support offered by our department, UNO and the schools of our city. You will receive the opportunities you need and the support you can rely on to become a dedicated practitioner, a reflective scholar and a responsible citizen.

The Educator Preparation Programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Nebraska State Department of Education.  The Library Science/School Librarian Program is nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) / American Library Association (ALA).

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Education

Programs

                Elementary Education
Library Science
Secondary Education 
Early Childhood Inclusive              

Other information

Admissions

Students interested in becoming teachers must formally apply for admission to the educator preparation program.  Admission is selective.  Applications will be reviewed by the Admission Review Committee.

 

Requirements for the Educator Preparation Program (BRIDGES)

 

The teacher preparation program is called BRIDGES which stands for Building Relevant, Integrated, Developmentally Guided Experiences for Students. The following requirements must be met prior to submitting an application for formal admission to educator preparation.

  • Admission to UNO
  • Completion for the General Education Fundamental Academic requirements (ENGL 1150ENGL 1160CMST 1110, or CMST 2120 (CMST formerly known as SPCH), and MATH 1310 or placement beyond MATH 1310 through the Math Placement Examination or Math ACT score).
  • Enrollment in MTCH 2000 (for elementary education majors).
  • Completion of EDUC 2020EDUC 2030.  NOTE: Students may apply for admission in the semester in which they take EDUC 2020EDUC 2030 and MTCH 2000. However acceptance will not be official until a grade of “C” or better is received in the completed courses.
  • GPA Requirements (UNO Students)
    • Currently enrolled UNO students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • GPA Requirements (Transfer Students)
    • Transfer students with 12 or more credit hours in the Nebraska System (UNL, UNK, UNO) must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all attempted coursework.
    • Transfer students with credit hours from institutions other than the NU System must have a minimum combined cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all attempted coursework.
  • Meet or exceed the minimum score requirements on all sections of the Praxis I-CORE Academic Skills for Educators Test.  (Reading – 156, Writing – 162, Mathematics -150)
  • Grades must be posted before packet is submitted:  fall semester grades for March 1 deadline, spring semester grades for June 1 deadline, and summer semester grades for October 1 deadline.

The official Praxis I – CORE scores must be on file in the College of Education Office of Student Services at the time of application.  Plans should be made to take the test a minimum of two months in advance of the application deadline.

 

Praxis II Content Test:

Effective fall 2015 semester, all educator preparation candidates seeking certification are required to take a Praxis II content test in each endorsement area of their preparation prior to being awarded initial teacher certification through the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE).   It is recommended that candidates take the Praxis II content test the semester prior to their clinical practice semester.

This link (http://www.ets.org/praxis/ne/requirements) will take you to the ETS website page for the Nebraska Department of Education requirements.  The page lists the Nebraska requirements for each endorsement area. 

Application for Admission to Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

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 educator preparation program. 

All students accepted into the educator 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.

Upon formal admission to educator preparation, all students are required to purchase LiveText, a web-based interface that documents progress in regard to program standards.

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 2010EDUC 2020EDUC 2030TED 2400  (6) , and TED 2404. 

EDUC 2020 and EDUC 2030 (Pre-professional Education Core) are open to all students on the UNO campus with a cumulative 2.5 GPA.  EDUC 2030 meets the Nebraska Department of Education requirement for human relations.  To enroll in the other professional education sequence courses (EDUC 2010, TED 2400, and TED 2404), candidates must have been admitted to an educator preparation program and must satisfy any other prerequisites listed for the course.  Candidates who receive a grade below “C“, and “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 TED 2400, and TED 2404.  NOTE: TED 2400, and TED 2404 are completed in the same semester. 

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

Professional Dispositions Statement

Teaching is a profession that requires its potential candidates to be individuals of integrity. Prospective teachers must be able to demonstrate that they are individuals of strong moral character who can make mature decisions for themselves and for the students whom they will teach. Teachers are responsible for the education, safety, and well-being of anyone in their charge. The University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Education prepares future teachers who show a high degree of moral character and the ability to act responsibly inside and outside the classroom. These individuals must be able to 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 the candidates, which in the College’s reasonable judgment, violate the University’s Student Code of Conduct, establish a lack of integrity or moral/ethical character, or demonstrate conduct or patterns of behavior inconsistent with the personal and professional dispositions expected in the teaching profession, shall be sufficient grounds for 1) denial of admission to or enrollment in educator preparation programs, 2) dismissal or removal from programs, courses, observations, field experiences, practica, clinical practice, and similar field-based experiences, and 3) withholding institutional recommendation for certification. Such behaviors could be evidenced within the University or PK-12 school environment, outside the University or PK-12 school environment, and/or in an electronic or digital context. 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 or information obtained by the University directly from a school or district official. Teacher candidates should note that the College of Education must provide a recommendation for certification in order for a student to obtain his/her teaching certificate. Accordingly, inappropriate behaviors by candidates could jeopardize not only their educational goals at UNO but also their professional goals including the ability to become a certified teacher.

Candidates who exhibit inappropriate behaviors may be referred for a Conference of Concern to formally identify the unsuitable behaviors, recommend corrective action(s), and determine the candidate’s suitability for continuing in educator preparation. Candidates who have convictions outlines in the Nebraska Department of Education’s Rule 20, Section 005.07A, will be allowed to continue in the educator preparation program or referred for certification only through an appeal to the Commissioner or State Board of Education.

 

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/Clinical Practice Experiences

As part of their educator preparation program, candidates are required to complete various field, clinical, practicum, and clinical practice 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 PK-12 classroom-based experiences (including clinical practice) 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 an educator preparation program. 

 

Field Experience/Clinical Practice/Practicum Background Checks

All candidates and practicum students must complete a criminal background check prior to their field experiences.  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. 

 

Clinical Practice Policies

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

 

Admission to clinical practice is by application only.  Application for clinical practice must be made in the fall or spring term preceding the clinical practice semester.  Applicants cannot be considered for placement unless all application materials are submitted by the announced deadline: 

September 15 for spring clinical practice and February 1 for fall clinical practice.

 

Candidates must have satisfactorily completed all required course work prior to clinical practice.

 

A minimum grade of C must be earned in all certification requirements, endorsements, and concentrations.  All grades of incomplete and any grades below C in these specific requirements must be removed prior to clinical practice.   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 for clinical practice.

 

Special Note:  Candidates who are withdrawn from any clinical practice experience, or who voluntarily withdraw after being identified as a candidate in jeopardy, must petition if they wish to continue in their professional preparation program.

Certification

Upon successful completion of all course work and clinical practice, candidates are eligible to apply and be recommended 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, Roskens Hall 204.  You may also email unocertification@unomaha.edu 

Contact:

                Roskens Hall 212
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182-0163
402-554-3666

Website:
http://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-education/teacher-education/