- Academic amnesty
- Application for degree
- Background checks
- Basic skills testing (PPST)
- Change of grades
- Correspondence credit/credit by exam
- Grade point average
- Overload appeal guidelines
- Professional dispositions statement
- Program progress
- Repeat courses
- Rule 21
- Student teaching policies
- Transfer policies
- UNO catalog
- Wait list for closed classes
Individuals 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:
- After consultation with an adviser, the individual is responsible for initiating the petition.
- 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.
- The petition should be submitted to the adviser who will, in turn, forward it to the dean.
- The individual is advised in writing regarding the dean's decision. Copies of the decision are sent to the individual's adviser 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:
- The individual meets the cumulative hour and GPA requirements of the College of Education's amnesty policy.
- The individual must have "assured" admission status. (See general information section of the undergraduate catalog for description of the admission categories.)
- The application of the College of Education policy will raise the cumulative GPA to the required 2.5 overall average.
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.
Basic Skills Testing (Praxis 1 - CORE)
Passing scores for the Paixis 1 - Core Academic Skills for Educator Testing are: Reading - 156; Mathematics - 150; Writing - 162. With the exception of EDUC 2020, Educational Fioundations, and EDUC 2030, Human Relations, and certain HPER courses, no other professional education courses may be taken until a candidate passes all sections of the CORE tests. A candidate who enrolls in professional education courses who has not passed the CORE tests will be disenrolled from those courses.
A student may remove a grade of “D” or “F” from his/ her GPA by repeating the course and receiving a grade higher than the grade received on the first attempt. Students must take the responsibility of checking online to verify that the grade point average has been recomputed.
An individual may count toward graduation no more than 15 hours of credit taken by correspondence, television, and/or extension. 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.
The minimum cumulate grade point average for the College of Education is 2.50. In an attempt to assure consistency in the determination of eligibility for professional education courses, the College of Education requires the computation of grade point average be based on all course work attempted (UNO and transfer hours).
Each individual for the Bachelor of Science in Education degree or certification must attain a minimum grade of "C-" or better, in each professional education course. In addition, individuals who expect to graduate must present a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (UNO and transfer hours) for all courses required for graduation. All grades are included in the computation of the cumulative grade point average. Individuals with more than 12 credit hours of credit whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.5 for two consecutive semesters will be disenrolled from the College of Education.
Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.50 for two consecutive semesters will be disenrolled from the College of Education. If a student's GPA falls below 2.50, he/she will be given one semester of probation to raise his/her grade point average. Disenrollment will occur at the end of any probational semester during which the minimum GPA requirement is not attained. Students may not take any professional education courses during the period of disenrollment. Courses in the College of Education which are taken during this period will not be counted toward graduation or certification.
Student appeals to take overload hours in any semester must be directed to the Associate Dean of the college. The appeal request may be submitted in writing or via UNO e-mail address. The appeal request must contain the following information.
- Student name.
- Semester for which the overload is requested.
- List of all courses (arranged by course number, title, and number of credit hours) to be taken in that semester.
- Current, cumulative GPA.
- Reasons for requesting the overload.
This is a formal process. Appropriate language and “business letter” format should be used in the appeal.
Failure to provide the required information will delay the process and may jeopardize your ability to enroll in desired courses.
All responses will be sent through your UNO e-mail address.
- Dr. David Conway, Associate Dean
- Roskens Hall 211
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 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 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 and 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 and 2) dismissal 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.
Furthermore, Rule 21 of the Nebraska Department of Education requires that teacher education students provide evidence of emotional or mental capacity. The student is required to submit a signed affirmation, that he or she does not have an order or determination currently in effect by a court or any other governmental body which finds the student to be any of the following: a mentally ill and dangerous person, mentally incompetent to stand trial, acquitted of criminal charges because of insanity, an incapacitated person in need of a guardian, or unable to manage his/her property due to mental illness, mental deficiency, chronic use of drugs or chronic intoxication, or is currently an inpatient or resident in a mental facility due to a determination by a qualified mental health professional.
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.
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, 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.
- All candidates will be required to complete one semester of full-day student teaching for a total of 12 credit hours. Elementary candidates seeking endorsement in more than one area must student teach in each field of certification.
- The Level II field experience is done in conjunction with student teaching. This field experience is a noncredit lab consisting of the two weeks preceding student teaching on site at a single school.
- Application for student teaching must be made during the fall or spring term preceding the semester of student teaching. Admission to student teaching is by application only. Applicants cannot be considered for placement unless all application materials are returned by October 1 for spring student teaching and February 15 for fall student teaching.
- Candidates must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 in order to be eligible for student teaching.
- A grade of "C-" or better is required in those courses listed on the candidate's program of study as professional education courses, teaching area courses for secondary candidates, and specialization courses for elementary candidates.
- Candidates must have passed the Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) prior to admission to teacher preparation.
- Candidates must have completed all of their course work prior to student teaching.
- All elementary special education candidates will be required to complete one semester of student teaching at the elementary level before applying for special education student teaching. All secondary education candidates who are earning endorsement in special education will be required to complete one semester of student teaching in their other content area before applying for student teaching in special education.
- Grades of "D," "F" and "I" must be removed prior to student teaching in all course work listed on the candidate's program of study as professional education, teaching areas for secondary candidates and specialization areas for elementary candidates. Candidates receiving "D's," "F's and "I's" are responsible for contacting the advising office upon receiving said grades if they are planning on student teaching the following semester.
- Student teaching 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 Experience Advisory Committee if they wish to continue their professional preparation program.
The UNO Admissions Office determines the acceptance of transfer credits from other institutions of higher education. Application of such credits toward a degree program is the responsibility of the College of Education. Official college transcripts from the Registrar's Office of each previous college or university attended (whether credit was earned or not) must be sent to the UNO Office of Admissions. Hand-carried or student-submitted transcripts are not acceptable.
Students may transfer into the College from other institutions by completing the application deadlines and meeting the minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50.
Acceptance of credits by the College of Education does not ensure their application to a particular program or endorsement. Determination of applicability is the responsibility of the specific department/school. Specifically, only credits earned at accredited institutions will be accepted by the College of Education. Course work from "C" accredited institutions will be accepted after 30 credit hours are completed satisfactorily at UNOa.
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 community colleges or other two-year institutions unless an articulation agreement is in place.
Individuals (with degrees in education) transferring to the College of Education for 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.)
Initial evaluation of transfer credits is completed by the College of Education Advising Office. Final responsibility for approval of transfer credits toward a degree program lies with the specific department.
Although the University does not transfer grade point averages from institutions outside the University of Nebraska system, the College of Education, in an attempt to assure consistency in the determination of eligibility for courses in the professional education component, does require that the computation of the grade point average be based on all course work attempted. (UNO plus transfer hours.)
It is the responsibility of each student admitted to the College of Education to become familiar with the procedures and regulations of the undergraduate catalog. A student enrolled in the College of Education may complete his/her work for the degree according to the requirements of the catalog of the year in which he/she entered the College.
The College of Education, in an effort to better serve students, has developed a wait list policy for closed classes in the College of Education. The wait list system operates entirely on the basis of “need”. Need is defined as: Students who must have the course/courses listed above in order to student teach and/or graduate the following semester. Students believing they have “need” for a particular course should put their name on a wait list in the Student Services Office, Roskens Hall 204. Students’ files are carefully examined to determine if “need” is present. When warranted, students will be given permission to take these courses. It is important to note that “need” will guarantee a student enrollment in courses but not a specific section at a specific time in their class schedule.