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 Open!

Applications are open for the Fall 2020 cohort. You can find the application under the ‘College Specific and Honors Programs’ tab in MyRed after you apply to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Applicant reviews are set to begin on December 15th. Please submit all your materials by December 15th for best consideration. The application consists of two parts. 1) demographic information and essay, and 2) resume and personal video. Further instructions are listed below:

Part 1 (MyRed):

  • Demographic Information
  • 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?

Once Part 1 is submitted, you will receive an email with further instructions and a link to submit your resume and personal video. Directions for the resume and video are below:

  • Updated resume highlighting your leadership, community service, or other experiences that highlight your skills
  • 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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  • Join a cohort of prospective teachers across 3 colleges and 5 departments
  • Enroll in the Teacher Scholars Academy seminar in the first semester
  • Participate in mentoring with upper-class students and UNL Faculty
  • Connect with UNL Teacher Education Faculty in the first semester
  • Develop and enhance leadership skills
  • Cohort living other Scholars in one of University Housing’s residence halls during the first year
  • Engage in Nebraska’s communities and schools through service-learning
  • Collaborate with other Scholars to achieve learning goals and outcomes

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

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Braden Foreman Teachers Scholars Academy Coordinator

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