Educator Preparation Program
All Pre-Education 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.
The following requirements must be met prior to submitting an application for formal admission to educator 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), MTCH 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. General education courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better and all education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better before acceptance into educator 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 coursework 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 coursework.
- Minimum scores of 173 on all sections of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST). Effective September 1, 2014, the PRAXIS I test will be changed to the CORE academic skills test for educators. Passing scores are Reading 156, Writing 162, and 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.
*Please note: official 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.
- Fall Semester - March 1
- Fall Semester - June 1
- Spring Semester - October 1
Please 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.
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 also retain a copy of the packet.
- Application Form
- 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 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.
If needed, please complete the Criminal Charges Self-Reporting form.
To obtain a copy of your UNO Unofficial Transcript, login to Mavlink. From your home page, scroll up and click on Academics. On the right side under "View", click on Unofficial Transcripts. Select UNO Unofficial Transcript from the Report drop-down menu. Click on View Report (pop-ups must be disabled). . Note: If coursework from another institution is not displayed, you must contact previous institution(s) to request information to be sent to UNO Registrar's Office.
- Personal Essay (see additional requirements below)
The personal essay is completed during a timed and proctored session. Access to registration will available upon application submission. The purpose of the personal essay is to demonstrate proficiency necessary for being admitted into education program at UNO.
General Guidelines for essay:
- Include opening and closing statements.
- Address each question with supporting details to its fullest in body of essay.
- Use your personal voice in essay; the committe is interested in hearing about you, your beliefs, and how your experiences shape you.
- Because this is a timed essay, please allow time for reviewing and edits.
- Scoring Rubric
Specific Directions for essay:
- 1-inch margins
- 12 point, Times New Roman font
- Maximum length is two pages
- Include ID # in upper, left-hand corner
- Writing sessions for October 1 applicants will be held on: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, from 8:00-10:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm; Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 1:00-3:00 pm; and Friday, October 10, 2014, from 8:00-10:00 am.
- Each session will be limited to 30 students.
- Students meeting the applicaiton criteria will be provided an information sheet regarding selecting a test time upon application submission. Writing session dates and times are on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application submission will ensure the most options for dates and times.