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Nebraska Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to teaching schools in Nebraska provides key information to help aspiring teachers research options for pursuing a career as an educator. There are several colleges and universities in the state that offer degree programs to prepare students to work in the classroom or further advance their current role as a teacher. In order to obtain a teaching degree in Nebraska, all teachers are required to complete an accredited teacher preparation program. This page has a list of accredited teacher preparation programs as well student reviews to help assist in the process of choosing a school that is right for you and your career goals as a professional teacher.

School Facts:

  • There are 23 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Nebraska.1
  • 12 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: Creighton University, 75%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Peru State College, 44%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Creighton University, $26,593.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Chadron State College, $9,552.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Nebraska*: $6,008-$33,330.2
  • One school ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 200): University of Nebraska-Lincoln (101).
  • Five Schools ranked in US News Regional Universities (Midwest) in 2013 (top 100): Creighton University (1), University of Nebraska-Kearney (43), Concordia University (54), College of St. Mary (78), Wayne State College (88).
  • 13 teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of Nebraska: UN may be known for its football prowess, but Cornhusker Nation is also home to one of the top teacher preparation programs in the entire United States. The UN College of Education and Human Sciences houses several interrelated departments including Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, and Special Education and Communication Disorders. Since being founded in 1894, the University of Nebraska College of Education and Human Sciences has a history of excellence. Some of the many milestones include, in the early 1980’s the Teachers College was identified in a national study as having the top student teaching program in the country. In the 1990’s a distance education doctoral program was established, the first of its kind in the nation.

College of Saint Mary: The College of Saint Mary is an all-female Catholic institution located in Lincoln. The college was founded by the Sisters of Mercy and to this day remains steadfast in adhering to the principals of benevolence, servant leadership and integrity that the institution was founded upon. The College of Saint Mary’s department of education houses the entire undergraduate and graduate programs related to education including Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle level Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. Students at all levels experience a mixture of theory and practice that helps build functional skills along with excellent pedagogy. The department is one of the largest on campus as education is a very popular major.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

Over 1,000 teacher preparation colleges were evaluated by The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) (Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report). According to the NCTQ rating system, no programs in Nebraska made the “honor roll” of 3 stars or higher. Read more about the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report.

The following teacher preparation programs in Nebraska received the highest ratings by the National Council on Teacher Quality:

    University of Nebraska – Lincoln (Undergraduate Elementary) 2-5stars
    Wayne State College (Undergraduate Elementary) 2stars

The following reviewed schools were cited as problematic (no stars):

    Chadron State College (Undergraduate Elementary) 0stars
    Chadron State College (Undergraduate Secondary) 0stars
    Midland University (Undergraduate Secondary) 0stars
    Peru State College (Undergraduate Elementary)0stars
    University of Nebraska Omaha (Undergraduate Secondary) 0stars

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Chadron State College
  • Concordia University, Nebraska
  • Creighton University
  • Doane College
  • Hastings College
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Peru State College
  • Union College
  • University of Nebraska At Kearney
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • University of Nebraska At Omaha
  • Wayne State College
  • York College

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Nebraska

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Nebraska

Chadron State College
1000 Main St
Chadron, NE 69337-2690
(308) 432-6000

College of Saint Mary
7000 Mercy Rd.
Omaha, NE 68106
(402) 399-2400
www.csm.edu

Concordia University-Seward
800 N Columbia Ave
Seward, NE 68434-1556
(800) 535-5494
www.cune.edu

Dana College
2848 College Dr
Blair, NE 68008
(402) 426-9000

Grace University
1311 S 9th St
Omaha, NE 68108-3629
(402) 449-2800
www.graceuniversity.edu

Hastings College
710 N Turner Ave
Hastings, NE 68901
(402) 463-2402
www.hastings.edu

Midland Lutheran College
900 N. Clarkson
Fremont, NE 68025
(402) 721-6394
www.mlc.edu

Nebraska Wesleyan University
5000 St Paul Ave
Lincoln, NE 68504-2794
(402) 466-2371
www.nebrwesleyan.edu

Northeast Community College
801 E Benjamin
Norfolk, NE 68702-0469
(402) 371-2020
www.northeast.edu

Peru State College
600 Hoyt Street
Peru, NE 68421-0010
(402) 872-3815
www.peru.edu

Union College-Lincoln
3800 S 48th
Lincoln, NE 68506
(402) 486-2600

University of Nebraska at Kearney
905 W 25th St
Kearney, NE 68849-1212
(308) 865-8441
www.unk.edu

University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge St
Omaha, NE 68182-0225
(402) 554-2800

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
14th and R St
Lincoln, NE 68588
(402) 472-7211
www.unl.edu

Wayne State College
1111 Main St
Wayne, NE 68787
(402) 375-7000
www.wsc.edu

Western Nebraska Community College
1601 E 27th St
Scottsbluff, NE 69361-1899
(308) 635-3606

York College
1125 E 8th St
York, NE 68467-2699
(402) 363-5600

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://colleges.niche.com/?degree=4-year&sort=best