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Application Process

Admission Requirements – Initial Certification at the advanced level Students

Prospective students must request an admission packet and submit the following documents:

  1. A completed application for admission and the $30 application fee.
  2. Two official copies of a transcript with the undergraduate degree posted, and an overall 3.0 minimum GPA.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. A writing sample (about 250 words) indicating reasons for interest in completing an endorsement.
  5. The PPST with a passing score (Doane must receive the scores prior to beginning coursework).
  6. Effective April 2015 initial certfication students in certification areas other than Special Education need to take the required Nebraska Department of Education content area test before beginning coursework.  A passing score is needed for certification.  Special Education certification students must pass the required Nebraska Department of Education test before certification.

Finally, the student must complete a successful interview and transcript review with the Dean, the program directors, or the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies.


OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

FELONY/MISDEMEANOR FORM

The applicant must affirm that he/she has not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect or sexual misconduct.  As required by the State of Nebraska, each student is required to affirm under oath that he or she does not have an order or determination currently in effect by a court or any other governmental body which finds the student to be any of the following:

  • a mentally ill and dangerous person
  • mentally competent to stand trial
  • acquitted of criminal charges because of insanity
  • an incapacitated person in need of a guardian
  • or unable to manage his/her property due to mental illness, mental deficiency, chronic use of drugs or chronic intoxication;
  • or is currently an inpatient or resident in a mental health facility due to a determination by a qualified mental health professional. 

In compliance with this rule, each student must affirm yearly, prior to student assisting or teaching in any practicum methods class or student teaching experience, that he/she has not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude. 

Furthermore, it is the student’s responsibility to report any change in his/her status regarding this rule.  Students not meeting this standard are not allowed to participate in K-12 activities until they have received permission by proceed by the State Board.  Finally, the student must complete a successful interview and transcript review with the Dean, the Director of the program or the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies.


Full Graduate Standing for Initial Certification Students

After completion of nine credit hours of graduate credits (Summer I coursework), the files of all students in the cadre are reviewed by the Dean and/or directors of the program and recommendations are made to the Graduate Committee of the Whole concerning the students' eligibility for full graduate standing. The criteria for full graduate standing in the initial certification at the advanced level program are as follows:

  1. The applicant must have completed all admission requirements.
  2. The applicant must have completed at least nine hours of graduate study at Doane College with a 3.00 or higher cumulative grade point average. A student receiving any grade below a B- for any graduate course will have his/her file reviewed even though the student's cumulative GPA may be 3.0 or higher.
  3. The student must also receive a recommendation from the Teacher Education Committee to continue in the program.

Teacher Education Admission and Certification

1. At the completion of the summer session I, students will apply for admission to Teacher Education. Criteria for admission include the following:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA minimum.
  • Receive favorable recommendations from classroom teachers.

2. At the completion of the Fall semester, students will apply for admission to the Student Teaching. Criteria for admission include the following:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA minimum.
  • Receive favorable recommendations from classroom teachers.
  • Receive favorable recommendations from practicum supervisor.
  • Successfully complete the practicum.

3. Students are recommended for certification when all of the following criteria have been met:

  • Students have successfully completed student teaching.
  • Students have received favorable recommendations from faculty, student teaching supervisor, and cooperating teachers.
  • Students have completed all coursework successfully and maintained a 3.0 GPA minimum.

For more information or to set up an appointment contact:
Emily Griesch, emily.griesch@doane.edu
Deb Stuto, deb.stuto@doane.edu