Professional Education Requirements

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A student must complete the following program in addition to the Essential Studies and Middle Level Education Core Academic Area requirements.

Professional Education Courses

The following courses are prerequisites to the Professional Year. A student must maintain the required minimum GPA as determined by the Nebraska Department of Education (See Teacher Education Handbook for current GPA) and no Professional Education Course grade may be below a “C”:

Essential Studies
Professional Education Courses
EDUC 131INTRODUCTION TO TEACHING3
EDUC 224TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES FOR LEARNING3
FCS 225ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT3
EDUC 300SECONDARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL OBSERVATION AND PARTICIPATION1-3
EDUC 329ASSESSMENT FOUNDATIONS2
EDUC 433THE MIDDLE SCHOOL 13
PSYC 231EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 334DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3
or FCS 139 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
SPED 230INTRODUCTION TO THE EXCEPTIONAL LEARNER3
SPED 334DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION FOR DIVERSE CLASSROOMS3
Select one of the following:2-3
TEACHING ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS
TEACHING ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS
TEACHING ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES
THEORY OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION K-8
Middle Level Education Core Academic Area Requirements24
Professional Year (Two Semesters)
"Block"12-15
EDUC 490TEACHER INTERNSHIP - STUDENT TEACHING9
EDUC 495EDUCATION CAPSTONE 23
Total Credits77-83
1

May be taken concurrently with the Block Professional Semester.

2

 Course must be taken concurrently with EDUC 490 TEACHER INTERNSHIP - STUDENT TEACHING

Admission to the Teacher Education Program must be completed before the end of the junior year.

A candidate seeking the Middle Level Education endorsement must take EDUC 431 Specialized Instructions for each content area in which he/she is seeking endorsement. A student seeking an added endorsement or in the Post Baccalaureate program can take EDUC 431M INTERDISCIPLINARY SPECIAL METHODS. The appropriate specialized instruction courses are outlined in the Secondary section.

Core Academic Area Requirements

The Middle Level Education candidate must complete a minimum of 24 course credits in one Core Academic Area from the following: (You will find specific courses under each department’s course listings for Middle Level Education.)

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Additional content areas may be added with a minimum of 24 course credits in any of the Core Academic Areas listed above, and/or in any of the following content areas: (You will find specific courses for Middle Level Education under each department’s course listings.)

Professional Year (Two Semesters)

Comprised of the “Block” Professional Semester and the Teacher Internship semester. Students pursuing the Middle Level Education program may select to complete their Professional Year course work requirements by enrolling in either the Elementary Professional Year (Elementary Block route) or the Secondary Professional Year (Secondary Block route). Options are outlined below.

The following courses can be taken only as part of the Professional Year. A student must maintain the required minimum GPA as determined by the Nebraska Department of Education (See Teacher Education Handbook for current GPA) and no Professional Year Course grade may be below a “C”: refer to Application for Professional Year requirements.

Semester #1/Option 1 – Elementary Block Route

EDUC 413EELEM/MS CURR & COUN1
EDUC 414ECLASSROOM MANAGEMENT1
EDUC 415EHUMAN REL/MULTI-CULTURAL1
EDUC 416EELEMENTARY/MS ASSESSMENT1
EDUC 417ETEACH READING DIAGNOSIS1
EDUC 422TEACHING ELEM/MS SCI/HEALTH2
EDUC 423TEACHING PRIMARY READ & WRITIN2
EDUC 424TEACHING INTERM READING & WRIT2
SPED 412ESPECIAL EDUCATION PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES1
EDUC 431 SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION3
Total Credits15

Semester #1/Option 2 – Secondary Block Route

EDUC 411SREADING/WRITING IN CONTENT ARE1
EDUC 412SCURRICULUM AND STANDARDS1
EDUC 414SSECONDAY/MS CLASSROOM MGMT1
EDUC 415SHUMAN REL/MULTI-CULTURAL1
EDUC 418SSECONDARY/MS ASSESSMENT1
SPED 412SSPECIAL EDUCATION PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES1
EDUC 431 SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION3
READ 430READING AND WRITING IN THE MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS3
or READ 431 IMPROVEMENT OF INSTRUCTION IN READING
Total Credits12

Semester #2 – Teacher Internship

EDUC 490TEACHER INTERNSHIP - STUDENT TEACHING9
EDUC 495EDUCATION CAPSTONE3
Total Credits12

EDUC 490 TEACHER INTERNSHIP - STUDENT TEACHING and EDUC 495 EDUCATION CAPSTONE must be taken concurrently and may be taken only upon successful completion of the Professional Semester #1 Block. A student must maintain the required minimum GPA as determined by the Nebraska Department of Education (See Teacher Education Handbook for current GPA) and no Professional Year Course grade may be below a “C”.

NOTE: A candidate seeking a Middle Level Education Endorsement must take the Praxis II Content Knowledge test designated by NDE for all Middle level Academic Areas in which he/she is obtaining, as a requisite for CSC graduation.