Initial Certification at the Advanced Level
Fast Track Program
College of Education
The Initial Program at the Advanced Level for Certification prepares candidates to teach in elementary grades (K-6), in secondary grades (7-12 in an area in which Doane endorses individuals) and in special education grades (K-12). Secondary endorsement areas include the sciences, mathematics, social sciences, English, language arts, foreign languages, and art (K-12).
Through a series of coursework, practicum, and internship experiences, candidates may complete the program in four or five terms (Summer I, Fall, Spring, Summer II and Fall II for elementary and special education students ONLY).
Thirty-seven credit hours of graduate coursework for secondary certification, 58 credit hours of graduate coursework for elementary and 72 credit hours of graduate coursework for special education are required for Initial Certification. Additional coursework may be required in the content area for 7-12 certification. Students begin the program in the summer term only. Upon completion of the coursework, students may apply for licensure in the state of Nebraska.
Effective September 1, 2015, candidates applying for any initial endorsement(s) to be placed on a Nebraska certificate must provide evidence they have passed the required Praxis II content test for the endorsement. Students can check the ETS website (ets.org) for the particular test required for each content area endorsement and the qualifying score.
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Campus and online course availability varies by program. Please contact the enrollment team for more information.
Courses & Credits
For more information on our Initial Certification at the Advanced Level courses, please refer to the MED Catalog.
Program Design By Track
- Initial Certification - Secondary Education
- Initial Certification - Elementary Education
- Initial Certification - Special Education
Note: An additional 9 hours (EDU 601, EDU 603, and EDU 604) can be completed for the Master of Education degree.
Please see the information under “Endorsement Programs” for the additional requirements for an ESL endorsement for accelerated certification. This endorsement will require additional credit hours and may require an additional term study.