Online Post-Baccalaureate Transitional Certificate | University of Nebraska

Post-Baccalaureate Transitional Certificate

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Post-Baccalaureate Transitional Certification Program is designed for those who already have a bachelors 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 project growth of 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations, for kindergarten and elementary teachers.  

This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education

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 enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

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:

  • Complete and submit the online application
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 10
Spring Semester
November 10
Summer Session
April 10

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Select one of the following:TE 834P, TE 835P, TE 836P6

Course Number: Select one of the following:

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

Course Number: TE 831P

TE 832Professional Skills & Knowledge II6

Course Number: TE 832

TE 833Context of Education6

Course Number: TE 833

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $309.00
  • Fees: $56.25
  • Total: $365.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $927.00
  • Fees: $168.75
  • Total: $1095.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $435.00
  • Fees: $56.25
  • Total: $491.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1305.00
  • Fees: $168.75
  • Total: $1473.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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