This program is specifically designed for individuals who hold a Bachelor's or Master's Degree from an accredited college/university. Individuals not holding a Bachelor or Master's Degree are NOT eligible for entry into this program. Students completing this program will graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Education, and thus be eligible for teacher licensure/certification of all states.
A minimum of 2 letters of recommendation are required for acceptance into the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program. Recommendations may come from but are not limited to former instructors, employers, supervisors, or pastors.
Successful completion of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) is a State requirement of this program. This basic skills test assesses one's proficiency in the areas of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The PPST must be completed successfully and on file in the Education Department Office prior to the Student Teaching Internship semester. The PRAXIS II is a Chadron State College requirement for graduation as well. It is an exam of specific content-knowledge. A list of PRAXIS II exams specific to each content area is available at the Certification Office as well as the Education Department Office. Completion of the PRAXIS II is required prior to application for graduation.
In addition, Chadron State College requires that all individuals participating in teacher education programs complete a background check. Background check information is available at the Education Department Office. It is important to note that not all crimes will prevent one from obtaining a teaching certificate.
Courses for this program are made available at times, in distant locations, and in alternative learning formats to accommodate individual student scheduling needs. The following list of Education courses are required by the State of Nebraska; some of which may be transferred in from other institutions, except for those identified below as residency requirements.
Students may accelerate through this program as rapidly or as leisurely as they choose. However, all Education courses must be completed prior to the Student Teaching Internship experience.
EDUC 131: Intro to Teaching - 3 cr. hours (on campus, on-line or transfer)
PSYC 231: Educational Psychology - 3 cr. hours (on campus, on-line, or transfer)
SPED 230: Exceptional Learner (or SPED 231 - 3 cr. hours; on campus, transfer, or on-line in June or July)
EDUC 224: Multi-Media Support - 2 cr. hours (on campus, on-line or transfer)
SPED 334: Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Classrooms (2 cr. offered online)
EDUC 300: Secondary O&P - 1-3 cr. hours (on-line to be arranged by you with Ms. VanVleet 308-432-6383)
EDUC 431: Special Methods (Interdisciplinary) - 3 cr. hours (Spring only on-line)
EDUC 405 Professional Sequence - 5 cr. hours (Professional studies courses offered in evenings during May/June summer sessions)
EDUC 270 - Human Relations-1 credit hour (offered online)
EDUC 490S: Secondary Student Teaching Internship- 16 credit hours (this is full-time, in a school, for one full semester)
A minimum of 75% of endorsement program credit hours (i.e., math, biology, etc.) must be completed, with no less than a 2.50 GPA, prior to the student teacher internship experience. Needed endorsement area courses must be determined by the certification officer or teacher educator in your proposed endorsement area/dept.; this will be determined through an evaluation of your official college transcripts.
A minimum of 12 credit hours need to be completed at CHADRON STATE COLLEGE prior to your student teaching-internship semester. Of these 12 cr. hours of residency, the following courses must be included:
-EDUC 431: Special Methods,
-EDUC 405 Professional Sequence (Professional studies courses).
On-line courses and Directed Independent Study (DIS/correspondence) courses will count toward "residency" as long as they are taken from CHADRON STATE COLLEGE.
Student Teacher Internship: Participants in this program must complete their student teacher internship experience at a school approved by the Field Experience Director. Placements will be made by the Director of Field Experience. Student teaching internship will be full-time, for one semester (minimum of 16 weeks). Applications must be made within the first six weeks of the semester prior to student teaching.
Contact person: Ms. LaWayne Zeller at 308-432-6032 or 1-800-CHADRON Ext. 6032.