Frequently Asked Questions
What is an IT Supplemental Endorsement?
Supplemental endorsements can be added to a Nebraska teaching certificate in the presence of other earned endorsements, but cannot stand alone on an initial teaching certificate. This program satisfies the Nebraska Department of Education requirements for the PK-12 Information Technology (IT) Supplemental Endorsement, which permits teachers to teach web design, computer networking, cybersecurity, and computer programming courses (including both AP CS Principles and AP CS A).
What should I expect out of the coursework?
Your program will consist of a minimum of 18 credit hours. You’ll learn a wide-range of IT lessons in classes such as Computer Science Principles, Introduction to Web Development and Teaching Methods in Computer Science. Courses seek to give you the content knowledge to be confident in the computing classroom on day one.
Can I also get a minor in computer science?
Many of the undergraduate courses required or offered for the IT supplemental endorsement also can be used to fulfill requirements for an undergraduate minor in computer science. This is a great way to get even more out of your studies at UNO! For more information, please contact Farida Majid (email@example.com) in the College of Information Science & Technology.
I have taken come programming/coding courses at another school. Can any of those hours transfer to this endorsement program at UNO?
We have agreements with many area institutions that allow you to receive credit for equivalent coursework, and we can always review your prior coursework to ensure you complete the program as soon as possible. For more information, please contact Farida Majid (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the College of Information Science & Technology.
What are the deadlines for admission?
There is no process to apply directly to the undergraduate IT supplemental endorsement program. If you are a current UNO undergraduate student wishing to seek this endorsement, please speak to the College of Education advising staff (email@example.com) about adding this to your plan of study. If you are a propsective new student, the College of Education advising staff is also happy to help!
I'm already an active teacher who is looking to add the IT supplemental endorsement. Is this program right for me?
It depends. While you are certainly welcome to earn the endorsement at the undergraduate level, you might want to consider our graduate-level pathways for earning this credential. Completing graduate credits may help you work towards a Masters' degree, become eligible for dual-enrollment instruction, and can help you advance in your school district's payscale.
Does this endorsement apply to my teaching certificate if I’m not certified in Nebraska?
Each state has its own requirements for endorsements, and we can only certify an endorsement in Nebraska. You will need to check with your state department of education for specific requirements and for information about receiving credit for coursework completed in Nebraska.
Still have questions after reading the above? Feel free to contact Dr. Brian Dorn (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will be happy to help!
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