Which Nebraska Schools Offer Elementary Education Degrees?

Find out which Nebraska schools offer elementary education degrees. Get information about certifications available and program requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Elementary Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Would you like to learn more about earning your elementary education degree in Nebraska? This article provides essential details about elementary education programs at four colleges in the state.

What You Need to Know

Elementary degree programs are available at 4-year colleges and universities throughout Nebraska. You could earn a 4-year bachelor's degree in elementary education or in education with a concentration in elementary ed. Additional endorsements may be available in select programs. If you already have a bachelor's degree in another field, you could complete a 14-month master's degree program to earn elementary education certification. All programs require a student teaching internship. Keep reading to choose the program that meets your personal needs.

Elementary Education Bachelor's Degree Programs in Nebraska

Chadron State College

This bachelor's degree program in elementary education offered by Chadron State College (CSC) includes a subject endorsement in early childhood education. CSC recommends that students enrolled in this degree program also complete a minor in K-8 elementary education in order to gain a K-8 endorsement.

Before gaining admission to the teacher education part of this program, you need to complete at least 30 semester hours of coursework, including three communications classes and an introductory teaching class. The core curriculum includes child development, family studies, and program management. This program culminates in a professional year in which you'll spend one semester student teaching.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Concentration: Elementary education
  • Program Length: Four years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,220 for in-state students, $6,250 for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Three oral and written communications courses and Intro to Teaching with a C or better
  • School Type: Four-year, public; 2,453 undergraduates and 580 graduates

University of Nebraska at Kearney

After you're a student at UNK, you need to complete prerequisite coursework and meet admission requirements before gaining full admission to the teacher education major. The core curriculum includes phonics, partnerships with families, literary assessment, and elementary science methods. Your student teaching assignment may take place in Kearney or in surrounding school districts. To qualify for student teaching, you must have a certain GPA and satisfactory scores on an assessment test; you also need to complete preliminary field experiences.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Concentration: Elementary education
  • Program Length: Four years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,711 for in-state students, $12,981 for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Courses in speech, English, teacher education
  • Admission Requirements: Service learning during an introductory teaching class, department approval, evidence of mental and emotional capacity
  • School Type: Four-year, public; 5,274 undergraduates and 1,628 graduates

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

UNL students need to complete pre-teaching requirements before joining the teacher education major. After earning your degree at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, you'll be ready to obtain teacher certification for grades K-6. In addition to a student-teaching semester, the program also features three early field experiences. Your studies will include diversity, foundations of education, child development, and instructional technology.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Sciences in Education
  • Concentration: Elementary education
  • Program Length: Four years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,367 for in-state students, $22,534 for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Practicum experiences in schools, minimum C grade in all prerequisite courses
  • Admission Requirements: 30 credit hours of college coursework with at least a 2.5 GPA, essay
  • School Type: Four-year, public; 19,979 undergraduates and 5,027 graduates

York College

York College is a liberal arts college affiliated with the Churches of Christ. As an elementary education major, you'll start observing classes at local elementary schools during your first semester. You'll complete 100 hours of classroom experience before you start student teaching during your senior year. The program covers health education, cultural geography, educational psychology, children's literature, and remedial reading instruction strategies. While earning your bachelor's degree in elementary education, you can earn an additional endorsement in religious education or elementary art.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Program Length: Four years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $17,200 (2015-2016)
  • School Type: Four-year, private not-for-profit; 402 undergraduates and 6 graduates

Elementary Education Master's Degree Program in Nebraska

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

The graduate program at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln is intended for individuals who have a bachelor's degree outside of the field of education. You'll be ready for certification to teach grades K-6 after earning your master's degree. The program also features a nine-month internship in Lincoln and Omaha schools. Program coursework includes literacy, methods in elementary science teaching, curriculum theory, and child development.

  • Program Name: Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching
  • Program Length: 14 months, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,556 in-state students, $21,510 out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree
  • Admission Requirements: Goal statement, resume, letters of recommendation, PRAXIS I test
  • School Type: Four-year, public; 19,979 undergraduates and 5,027 graduates

Chadron State College, University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebraska at Lincoln and York College are four colleges in Nebraska that offer elementary education degree programs.

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