ATTENTION ALL NDE PORTAL USERS:
Please log onto your portal accounts and go to the “My Profile” tab and check to make sure your contact information (especially the email address) is up to date. It is very important to keep this information updated as the Department of Education uses the email address that is in the users’ Portal account to send vital information.
NDE Portal

Conditional and Alternative Permit Request – Summer/Fall 2024

OPENS
04/11/2024
CLOSES
10/16/2024

The purpose of this bulletin item is to provide information on how to request a conditional or alternative permit for teachers who have been hired to start in SUMMER or FALL 2024 and may not have all their necessary documentation prior to the first day of school with students.

A conditional permit allows someone to sign a contract and work as a certified staff member with a location (district) limitation and deficiencies that have not been met to issued a regular teaching certificate such as a content test. A conditional permit can also be requested for someone who has applied for a local substitute permit and has not completed the human relations training course.

An Alternative Permit is designed for an applicant to complete a program before applying for a regular certificate while being employed as a contracted teacher.
Conditional and Alternative Permits can only be requested for employment in a Nebraska school district. If an applicant has not been a continuous resident of Nebraska for the last five years, fingerprint cards will need to be sent to the certification office before any permits can be issued. Once all deficiencies listed have been satisfied on a conditional permit, a regular certificate/permit will be issued without the need to apply and pay a fee unless the conditional permit has been invalidated by the expiration date.

A conditional or alternative permit can be requested by completing the Google Form for those with Summer or Fall teaching positions at https://forms.gle/TWYMHF2m3Lgcj4pf8 

More information on a Conditional Permit can be found on our website at https://www.education.ne.gov/tcert/teaching-certificates/teaching-conditional-permit/.

More information on an Alternative Permit can be found on our website at https://www.education.ne.gov/tcert/teaching-certificates/teaching-alternative-permit/

More information on a Local Substitute Permit can be found on our website at https://www.education.ne.gov/tcert/substitute-teacher/local-substitute-permit/

Contact Information: Educator Certification (nde.tcertweb@nebraska.gov or 402-471-0739)

2024-2025 Course Codes and Clearing Endorsements Now Available

2024-2025 Course Codes and Clearing Endorsements are now available: https://coursecodes.education.ne.gov/

The website features several helpful tools including:
1. A Changes tab in the Menu bar at the top of the page – view all changes from the prior year
2. Search Fields – search by specific key words, a Course Code number or even an Endorsement Code
3. Select Subject – select only Math, Special Education or any other subject specific courses

 

Contact Information: NDE Service Desk (NDE.ServiceDesk@Nebraska.gov)

Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Compliance 2022-2023

OPENS
03/26/2024
CLOSES
05/10/2024

NOW OPEN, Maintenance of Effort Compliance is a requirement of IDEA funding.

Access the “IDEA MOE for Compliance Standard” in the NDE Portal, under the “Data Collections” tab. If it’s not available on your account, you can obtain the activation code for the CDC collection from your school’s Portal District Administrator.  Submit potential MOE Exceptions if your district does not meet MOE in one or more of the four methods.

Questions, contact Megan Kassing (megan.kassing@nebraska.gov)  531-289-8565

Contact Information: NDE Service Desk (NDE.ServiceDesk@Nebraska.gov)

Update to Instructional Unit requirements for Rule 10

The “Instructional Unit Subject Area Totals” report for the 2023-2024 school year in ADVISER Validation will be updated on 3/15/2024 with additional course offerings derived from high school course sections that have teachers but no students assigned to them. The notification explaining this change (copied below) will also be emailed out to superintendents on 3/14/2024:

 

Dear Nebraska Superintendents,

The Accreditation section of the NDE is notifying schools of a revised interpretation of language within Rule 10 that will allow for flexibility in meeting the instructional unit requirements. The revised interpretation ensures diverse opportunities for students while maintaining the standards of the requirement.

Rule 10 definition 002.12 Instructional Unit means 15 clock hours (900 minutes) of classroom instruction in a course offered in the secondary school. An “offered” course must meet the following criteria:

  • The course offerings will meet all the necessary requirements under current Rule 10.
  • A certificated teacher is available to be assigned to each course offered as part of the teacher’s daily schedule.
  • Course offerings are available for students to access.
  • The course has been identified as part of the current school year master schedule.

 

Districts will demonstrate that class offerings were available to students for the current school year through the following:

  • Submission of a completed and signed the Rule 10 Assurance Statement.
  • Uploaded course information through ADVISER as a “Course Offering” during the current school year.
  • Proof of “Course Offerings” if requested: Registration materials for grades 9-12 of current school year.

 

If you have any questions regarding the new interpretation, feel free to reach out to:

Office of Accreditation, Certification and Approval

nde.accreditation@nebraska.gov

 

Contact Information: Office of Accreditation, Certification and Approval (nde.accreditation@nebraska.gov)

2023-2024 Title I Nonpublic Consultation Form Open

OPENS
03/01/2024
CLOSES
04/30/2024

2023-2024 Title I Nonpublic Consultation Form Open

The 2023-2024 Title I Nonpublic Consultation Form is now open in the NDE portal. This collection is due on April 30, 2024 and has an audit window from May 1-15, 2024.

This collection is used to meet the ESEA Title I requirements for consultation between public schools who have resident low-income school-aged students attending a nonpublic school. This does not apply to rule 12 or 13 exempt schools. There is one form for each nonpublic schools having eligible students in attendance.

The Title I Nonpublic Consultation Form is found in the Consolidated Data Collection (CDC) in the Data Collections Tab. If it’s not available on your account, you can obtain the activation code for the CDC collection from your school’s Portal District Administrator.

Questions on how to enter data and general collection navigation can be directed to NDE.ServiceDesk@nebraska.gov

Questions regarding the actual consultation needs and requirements can be directed to jim.kent@nebraska.gov

 

 

Contact Information: NDE Service Desk (NDE.ServiceDesk@nebraska.gov)

Conditional and Alternative Permit Requests – Spring 2024

The purpose of this bulletin item is to provide information on how to request a conditional or alternative permit for teachers who have been hired to start in SPRING 2024 and may not have all their necessary documentation prior to the first day of school with students.

A conditional permit allows someone to sign a contract and work as a certified staff member with a location (district) limitation and deficiencies that have not been met to issued a regular teaching certificate such as a content test. A conditional permit can also be requested for someone who has applied for a local substitute permit and has not completed the human relations training course.

An Alternative Permit is designed for an applicant to complete a program before applying for a regular certificate while being employed as a contracted teacher.
Conditional and Alternative Permits can only be requested for employment in a Nebraska school district. If an applicant has not been a continuous resident of Nebraska for the last five years, fingerprint cards will need to be sent to the certification office before any permits can be issued. Once all deficiencies listed have been satisfied on a conditional permit, a regular certificate/permit will be issued without the need to apply and pay a fee unless the conditional permit has been invalidated by the expiration date.

A conditional or alternative permit can be requested by completing the Google Form for those with spring teaching positions at https://forms.gle/iKTmKeMHJmVyr28e9.

More information on a Conditional Permit can be found on our website at https://www.education.ne.gov/tcert/teaching-certificates/teaching-conditional-permit/.

More information on an Alternative Permit can be found on our website at https://www.education.ne.gov/tcert/teaching-certificates/teaching-alternative-permit/

More information on a Local Substitute Permit can be found on our website at https://www.education.ne.gov/tcert/substitute-teacher/local-substitute-permit/

Contact Information: Educator Certification (nde.tcertweb@nebraska.gov or 402-471-0739)

CORRECTION – Local Substitute Teaching Permit – Request for Additional Days Form

OPENS
10/02/2023
CLOSES
06/30/2024

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is aware of the continued shortage of substitute teachers in school systems this school year.

The Commissioner may authorize additional days for local substitute teaching permit holders upon request by a Nebraska school system that demonstrates a need for additional days, beyond the 90 full-time days per school year currently allowed.  In order to authorize the additional days, the Department must receive a request from a Nebraska school system that demonstrates need.

To facilitate school system requests, the Department has created an online form. You or your school system staff can access that form here: Local Substitute Teaching Permit – Request for Additional Days Form.

Once a request has been submitted, it will be reviewed, and the school system will be notified of the authorization.

Contact Information: Brad Dirksen (brad.dirksen@nebraska.gov)