Elementary Education Programs
Prospective first-year students meeting the "Assured" admission status may apply for admission to the College of Education as a pre-education major by indicating their preference on the Application for Admission.
Prospective transfer students with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 may apply for admission to the College of Education as a pre-education major by indicating their preference on the Application for Admission.
Students prepared for formal admission to educator preparation program must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
The elementary education major is designed to prepare candidates to meet Nebraska Department of Education requirements for teacher certification. A minimum of 120 credits hours with a minimum GPA of 2.75 are required to graduate from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Candidates may choose from several program options. Learn more about endorsement options >>
The College provides academic advising and support to students. Academic advisors are assigned to students and we encourage you to consult with your advisor regularly for program information and planning.
All candidates must meet the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences requirements for classroom practicums prior to clinical practice (student teaching). The practicum experiences are embedded in identified professional courses. Learn more about field experiences for teacher candidates >>
Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)
The student teaching experience is an all-day, all semester experience in a metropolitan area school. Student teaching is the capstone experience. Learn more about the clinical practice experience >>
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Accreditation and Certification
The Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (BSED) is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Nebraska State Department of Education. The program will seek Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation upon the next review cycle. To be formally accepted into the Educator Preparation program, candidates must pass the Praxis Core tests in reading (state benchmark of 156), writing (state benchmark of 163), and math (state benchmark of 150).
Aggregated results for candidates completing Praxis Core exams can be found at:
The BSED degree in Elementary Education allows UNO to recommend graduates for Nebraska licensure (B-3, PK – 3, K- 6). In addition, candidates must pass the Praxis II – Elementary Education: Curriculum and Instruction Assessment (5017) with a score of 153 or higher to meet state licensure requirements.
Results for candidates completing Praxis II can be found at: