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Walker School of Education | Teacher Career Ladder

Curriculum & Learning Environment

Coursework | Program Design | Integrated Content

Curriculum & Learning Environment

Students who enter the Walker School of Education’s Teacher Career Ladder program will benefit from the following: integrated content, courses designed for working professionals, individualized instructional coaching, and performance-based assessment.


The objective of the Teacher Career Ladder program is to provide coursework, support, and coaching for prospective educators to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the requirements of Nebraska Teacher Certification. The program does not require an undergraduate degree, however, students must have completed a majority of the prerequisite courses.

Midland’s objectives include providing a program that meets and exceeds the expectations of the Nebraska Department of Education’s INTASC standards and Midland’s teacher education program ideals and goals. Midland’s program commits to learning and learner-centered experiences and provides opportunities for teacher candidates to collaborate, attend integrated, year-round courses, and receive performance-based feedback.

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Program Design

The program consists of three separate block courses (an advising block, core block, and methods block).

Advising Block

Once candidates are selected, they will move into an Advising Block where they will meet with a TCL Program Advisor to determine their needs for general education coursework. Students who come into the program must meet our general education requirement of college credits in the following curriculum areas.

*A minimum of 40 transfer credits is needed to complete the program in two years.

40 Credit Hours Required at 100 Level or Above
Language Arts (ex. English, speech, communication)9 hours
Math3 hours
Natural Science (ex. biology, physics, chemistry, and must include lab component)4 hours
Social Science (ex. psychology, anthropology, sociology, history)6 hours
Fine Arts/Humanities
* Minnesota Humanities Professional
Development would be accepted
3 hours
Health & Wellness (ex. nutrition, health, physical education)2 hours

Candidates will continue in the Advising Block until the majority of requirements are met. The length of time a candidate spends in the Advising Block may vary, but Midland will advise the student for the duration.

Core Block

Candidates who complete the Advising Block will begin to take Midland courses following the hours described below.

Candidates graduating from this program will be eligible for a Nebraska Teaching Certificate with an Elementary endorsement and either an English as a Second Language, Early Childhood, or Special Education endorsement.

Click on the boxes below to see the curriculum overview for each content area for the Teacher Career Ladder program.

Integrated Content

Candidates need to experience teaching and learning in the same ways in which we want them to teach. Effective teaching requires the integration of pedagogy, content standards, classroom management, and assessment, among others. In this program, candidates will meet Nebraska INTASC course standards within integrated blocks, making connections between topics, experiences as paras in the classrooms, and their own school experiences. 

This innovative approach to education has candidates learning through core and methods courses, to create opportunities for candidates to weave all of these experiences together. This allows collaboration between candidates, professors, and classroom teachers to provide authentic teaching and learning experiences. This enables candidates to learn more efficiently and quicker than a traditional learning model.

Designed for Working Professionals

Candidates will pursue a full-time course load by attending two in-person evening classes per week at the Midland Omaha location. In-person class meetings are held from 4:45 pm to 9 pm. The program is a hybrid model using both in-person and online formats.

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