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 and credit hours with a C grade or above (100-level courses or above).
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-long courses with an urban emphasis, and have performance-based assessments.
The program consists of three separate block courses (an advising block, core block, and methods block) plus two summers’ worth of courses.
Once candidates are selected, they will move into an Advising Block where they will meet with a Midland representative 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|
|Natural Science (ex. biology, physics, chemistry, and must include lab component)||4 hours|
|Social Science (ex. psychology, anthropology, sociology, history)||6 hours|
* Minnesota Humanities Professional
Development would be accepted
|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. This includes resources and support (i.e. tutoring sessions and online practice) for passing the Praxis Exam.
Candidates who complete the Advising Block will begin to take Midland courses following the hours described below.
After passing the Praxis Elementary Education Exam, para educators graduating from this program will be eligible for a Nebraska Teaching Certificate with an Elementary K-8 endorsement and either an English as a Second Language, Early Childhood, or Special Education, K-6 endorsement.
Click on the boxes below to see the curriculum overview for each content area for the Teacher Career Ladder program.
All candidates must complete student teaching in their final spring semester. Full-time employment is not recommended.
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.
All candidates must complete student teaching in their final spring semester, which is a full-time commitment and won’t be conducive to a full-time job for that semester.