Transitional Certification Program (TCP)

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 24
  • $315.00
  • $444.00

Program Overview

The online Post-Baccalaureate Transitional Certification Program is designed for those who already have a bachelor's degree and are eager to become teachers. 

This program is designed for: 

  • Recent college graduates
  • Mid-career professionals who want to become a teacher 

Individuals with personal or professional commitments utilize this program to become teachers when they are unable to attend on-campus college classes. 

The program consists of 18 credit hours of online teacher education coursework and 6 credit hours of student teaching. The three 6-credit-hour courses may be completed online while the supervised field experiences and student teaching are completed in your community. 

Students who meet the qualifications to start the Post-Baccalaureate Transitional Certification Program are also eligible to be hired by any Nebraska Department of Education approved school system, including parochial or private schools, to start teaching in their endorsement area under a Transitional Permit. Passing scores on Praxis Core and Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II) are required for full certification. 

Note: Arrangements are made for participants to complete school-based field experiences for each of the courses in the sequence in their local or nearby school districts. Because these arrangements are made with participating school districts across the state, UNK's on-line transitional teacher certification program is available to Nebraska residents only, and in the following endorsement areas:

  • Art K-12
  • Biology 7-12
  • Business, Marketing, and Information Technology 6-12
  • Chemistry 7-12
  • English Language Arts 7-12
  • Health & PE PK-12
  • Music Education K-12
  • Physical Education 7-12
  • Physics 7-12
  • Secondary English 7-12
  • World Language 7-12: French
  • World Language 7-12: German
  • World Language 7-12: Spanish

Additional endorsement areas may be available upon request from a hiring school district.

Career Outlook: In addition to a passion for teaching and making a difference in the lives of students, there is a great demand for teachers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates there is a projected growth of 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations, for kindergarten and elementary teachers.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. Proof of registration for the PRAXIS Core exam (if you haven't already completed it with passing scores) prior to enrolling in the first course.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 833Context of Education6
This is the third course in a sequence comprising a post-baccalaureate pathway to teacher certification. This course addresses the historical context of education in the U.S., including class/race/gender/access issues; key legal decisions and contemporary reform agendas; adolescent development, relationships and culture in contemporary context. This course requires a school-based field experience in an approved secondary classroom.
TE 832Professional Skills & Knowledge II6
This is the second course in a sequence comprising a post-baccalaureate pathway to teacher certification. This course focuses on instructional models, validated instructional practices and issues related to exceptionality and diversity. This course requires a subject-specific field experience in an approved secondary classroom.
Select one of the following:TE 834P, TE 835P, TE 836P6
TE 836PT: Post-Baccalaureate Student Teaching; TE 834P: Transitional Student Teaching I; TE 835P: Transitional Student Teaching II (for holders of Transitional Permits only)
TE 831PProfessional Skills & Knowledge I6

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 10
  • Spring SemesterNov 10
  • Summer SessionApr 10