Teacher Scholars Academy

Teacher Scholars Academy
Teacher Scholars Academy

THE TEACHER SCHOLARS ACADEMY will grow the next generation of diverse educators that will lead the way for educational change. The program aim is to prepare the teachers who will be the backbone of school transformation, reflective thinkers who will continue to grow and develop beyond their degree. We intend that teachers who emerge from the academy will be engaged in ways that prepare students for the future.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Teacher Scholars Academy will support the preparation of exceptional teacher/leaders who:

  • Are effective and confident in facilitating learning for all of Nebraska’s students.
  • Can promote learning in a variety of settings using inquiry, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.
  • Will become a generation of teacher leaders who will motivate schools to innovate
  • Will, in turn, create a generation of students ready to fully participate in and lead society.

Fall 2020 Application Information

Application to the Teacher Scholars Academy open on August 1st via MyRed after you apply to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Applications are set to close on November 2nd, 2019. The application consists of the following items:

  1. Updated resume highlighting your leadership, community service, or other experiences that highlight your skills
  2. 500-word essay answering the following prompts: What qualities do you possess that will make you an effective teacher and how will the Academy experience assist you in achieving your long term teaching goals?
  3. 3-5 minute personal YouTube video including a brief introduction followed by answer to both of the following prompts: Why do you want to be a teacher? Tell us about a time you taught someone something new

Inquiries about the Teacher Scholars Academy can be submitted here:
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  • 4 Year scholarship: 30 credits of in-state tuition
  • Up to $8,000 partial scholarship for room, board, books and fees.
  • Mentoring and specialized student support


  • Join a cohort of 40 first-year Prospective Teachers across 3 colleges and 5 departments
  • Intern in Nebraska schools and communities
  • Engage in leading-edge teaching activities
  • Participate in mentoring
  • Develop leadership skills through monthly interactive workshops
  • Give back to the education community through service learning and research
  • Cohort living during Freshman Year
  • Solve real-world education problems through innovative design processes

Selection Criteria

  • High school seniors who will be a first-year student
  • Demonstrated good academic performance
  • Students intending to major in a teacher education program
  • Resume
  • Essay
  • 3-5 minute personal video
  • On campus interviews


  1. Meet all teaching program requirements and courses as determined by your approved teacher preparation major and course plan, on an adequate progression timeline as determined by the Faculty and Academic Advisors
  2. Complete service and research requirements as determined by the Coordinator and Faculty
  3. Attend all workshops and learning opportunities as determined by the Coordinator and Faculty
  4. Participate in all seminars associated with the Academy as determined by the Coordinator and Faculty; register for Teacher Scholars Academy section of EDPS 097 for 0 credit hours during New Student Enrollment

For more details, please see the 2019-2020 Teacher Scholars Academy Scholarship Details

Qualifying Majors


  • Special Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Inclusive Early Childhood


  • Agriculture
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Foreign Languages
  • Business, Marketing, and Information Technology
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Music
  • Skilled and Technical Sciences
  • Special Education
  • Science
  • Social Sciences


Braden Foreman Teachers Scholars Academy Coordinator

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