Post-Baccalaureate Transitional Certification Program

The University of Nebraska at Kearney offers an on-line program for teacher certification. Individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher may use this option to become certified to teach in the state of Nebraska.

Potential candidates for this program should contact:

Dr. Wendy McCarty, Ed.D.
Program Director 
Transitional Certification Program
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Phone: (308) 865-8971
Email: mccartywl@unk.edu

See the Students with a Bachelor's Degree Now Seeking Initial Certification information in the Graduate Catalog Admissions Information section for details regarding application.

The on-line professional sequence consists of three, 6-credit hour classes and student teaching (depending on previous academic work completed, additional coursework may be required in the specific endorsement subject area of choice):

TE 831Professional Skills & Knowledge I6
TE 832Professional Skills and Knowledge II6
TE 833Context of Education6
Select one of the following options:6
For Holders of Transitional Permits
Clinical Practice 1: Introduction to Transitional Student Teaching
and Clinical Practice 2: Transitional Student Teaching
For Students who do not hold a Transitional Permit
Clinical Practice: Student Teaching
Total Credit Hours24

Arrangements are made for participants to complete school-based field experiences for each of the courses in the sequence in their local or nearby school districts. Because these arrangements are made with participating school districts across the state, UNK's on-line transitional teacher certification program is only available to Nebraska residents or those who live within commuting distance to a Nebraska school district and teaching in approved Nebraska schools, and in the following endorsement areas:

  • Art PK-12
  • Biology 7-12
  • BMIT (Business, Marketing, and Information Technology) 6-12
  • Chemistry 7-12
  • English Language Arts 7-12
  • Health & PE PK-12
  • Middle Level English Language Arts 5-9 
  • Middle Level Mathematics 5-9 
  • Middle Level Science 5-9
  • Middle Level Social Science 5-9
  • Music Education PK-12 
  • Physical Education PK-12
  • Physical Education 7-12
  • Physics 7-12
  • Secondary English 7-12
  • World Language 7-12: French
  • World Language 7-12: German
  • World Language 7-12: Spanish

Additional endorsement areas may be available upon request from a hiring school district.