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Procedures for Formal Admission
to Teacher Preparation Program

All Pre-Education students interested in becoming teachers must formally apply for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program. Admission is selective. Applications will be reviewed by the Admission Review Committee.

Application Requirements

The following requirements must be met prior to submitting an application for formal admission to teacher preparation.

  • Admission to UNO
  • Completion of the General Education requirements (ENGL 1150, ENGL 1160, SPCH 1110, or SPCH 2120, and MATH 1310, or placement beyond Math 1310 through the Math Placement Examination or Math ACT score), Math 2000 (for elementary education majors), and EDUC 2020 and EDUC 2030. Note: Students may apply for admission in the semester in which they take EDUC 2020, EDUC 2030 and MATH 2000. All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better before acceptance into teacher preparation will be official.
  • 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 course work taken in the NU System.
    • 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 course work.
  • Minimum scores of 173 on all sections of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST).
  • 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 PPST 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.

March 1 for Fall Semester
June 1 for Fall Semester
October 1 for Spring Semester

** NOTE: If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due the preceding business day.


All application materials must be submitted together as a packet. All forms and information needed to prepare the application packet are available by clicking on the links below.

Please Note: Follow the directions on the Application Checklist. The completed application packet must be submitted by the indicated deadline and will be forwarded to the review committee. An incomplete packet will be returned to the student. It is recommended the student retain a copy of the packet.

  • Application Checklist (download form, 17k, pdf document)
  • Application Form (download form, 17k, pdf document)
  • Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) Scores Verification (copy of notification form)
    • Scores must be posted on UNO Unofficial Transcript or student must provide copy of student's notification form sent to the student by ETS. If the score is not posted on your transcript and you do not have a copy, a duplicate copy may be obtained from ETS. Be advised that ETS keeps score data for only five years.
  • Rule 20/21 Form (download form, 51k, pdf document)
  • Professional Disposition Statement (download form, 48k, pdf document)
  • UNO Unofficial Transcript mavlink
    • Login to mavlink and click on Student Center at the left (blue button).
    • Under the “Academics” heading, use the drop down box that says “other academic”
    • Select “Transcript: View Unofficial” – POP UPS MUST BE ALLOWED!
    • Click on “UNO Advising Transcript”, then “view report”
    • Unofficial transcript will appear in another window
    • Note: If unofficial transcript does not reflect all completed course work, attach a copy of grade report or unofficial transcript for any other university. Request the other university to send a copy of your official transcript to the UNO Registrar's office
  • Personal Essay
    • The personal essay will be completed during a timed, proctored session. (See details below.) Access to register for timed essay will be available at time of application submission.
    • The purpose of the personal essay is for you to prove to the review committee that you are ready to be admitted into the education program at UNO.
    • Begin and end your essay with opening and closing statements. The opening statement should restate the question and give a brief glimpse at what is coming in your answer. The closing statement should review the highlights of your essay and provide an appropriate conclusion.
    • In the body of your essay, please address each of the questions within the question specifically, using your own experience with children and youth as supporting details.
    • Remember to put yourself in the response. The committee wants to know about who you are, experiences you have had, and opinions that you have. Your voice is the voice the committee wants to hear
    • Please allow time to reread your essay and make any necessary changes. Is your opening clear? Does it reflect what is coming in the essay? Is your closing strong? Does it summarize your answer? What about conventions? Have you checked your spelling, usage, and punctuation?
    • Essay Scoring Rubric
    • Specific directions:
      • Word processed
      • 1 inch margins
      • 12 point, Times New Roman font
      • Double spaced
      • Maximum length two pages
      • ID # in upper left hand corner
    • Writing sessions for March 1, 2014 applicants will be Wednesday, March 5, 2014, from 8:00-10:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm, Thursday, March 6,, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 pm and Friday, March 7, 2014 from 8:00-10:00 am.
    • Each testing session will be limited to 30 students.
    • Students meeting the application criteria will be provided an information sheet regarding selecting a test time when submitting application. (Registration for dates and times are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early submission of application could allow you the time that best fits with your schedule.)
    • Students will use an electronic system to sign up for a test time.
    • Test time will be no more than two hours. The student will…
      • Be provided a question or prompt for writing the essay.
      • Save the essay to a flash drive (provided by UNO).
      • Print a hard copy of the essay.
      • Present the flash drive and the hard copy to the proctor.

Acceptance and Orientation

After the applications are reviewed by the Committee, an email will be sent to the students' UNO email account notifying them of acceptance or deferral. The email will be sent within two weeks of the deadline.

Students are required to attend the Teacher Preparation Orientation after acceptance into the program. The date of the Teacher Preparation Orientation will be provided at the time of the application submission.

Background Check

Students accepted into the Teacher Preparation Program will be required to submit information online and in print form for a background check. The cost will be $26.75. Additional Instructions will be provided at the time of acceptance.