Loan Forgiveness Program

LOAN FORGIVENESS

Select the link below for more information on the specific program.


Nebraska – Forgivable Loans

EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING ACT FORGIVABLE LOANS (Rule 25) – For Nebraska residents currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate teacher education program at an eligible Nebraska institution:

For eligible students working towards their initial certificate to teach in Nebraska.    Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program (AETP)

For current teachers in Nebraska schools working toward their graduate degree.    Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program (EETP)


US Department of Education – Loan Forgiveness

You may qualify for a grant while you are in school, or you may qualify for loan forgiveness while teaching depending upon the type of student loan you have. Because each federal student loan has very specific requirements and specifications, it is helpful to know the type of loan you received before visiting websites or talking to customer service representatives. If you are unsure about the type of loan you have, contact either the financial aid office of the university/college you attended or the loan guarantor that holds your loan to assist you. The USDE offers grants to students and loan forgiveness to those who teach full-time in a low-income school or in a content shortage area.

 

Loan Forgiveness for Perkins Loans
If you have a loan from the Federal Perkins Loan Program, you might be eligible for loan forgiveness for full-time teaching at a low-income school or in a content shortage area. Check with the school that made your Perkins Loan or visit the USDE Student Aid Information Center web site for more information.

 

Loan Forgiveness for Stafford Loans
If you received a Stafford loan on or after October 1, 1998, and did not have an existing student loan, you might be eligible to have a portion of your loan cancelled. Teacher loan forgiveness for Stafford loans is available to qualifying borrowers who teach in designated low-income schools. Teaching in a content shortage area is not considered for forgiveness of a Stafford loan. The National Student Loan Program (NSLP) and the USDE Student Aid Information Center are available to assist with questions about loan forgiveness for Stafford loans.

 

Search for Low-Income Schools
To be considered a “low-income school,” the school must be in a school district that qualified for federal funds in the year for which the cancellation is sought. Also, more than 30 percent of the school’s enrollment must be made up of children from low-income families.

A listing of designated low-income schools is available from the Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory on the USDE web site. If you have questions regarding the list of schools, please contact the Title I Office of the Nebraska Department of Education at 402-471-2481.

 

Search for Teacher Shortage Areas
If you teach full time in science, mathematics, foreign language, or bilingual education, you qualify for loan forgiveness even if the subject area has not been designated as a shortage area. A listing of designated teacher shortage areas from 1990-2014 is available from the Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Listing on the USDE web site. 

 

Teach Grant
For qualifying students who intend to teach in a school that serves low-income families. Visit the Teach Grant Web Site.

 


 

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TITLE II – HIGHER EDUCATION ACT

TITLE II – HIGHER EDUCATION ACT
IHE Reporting Information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) (HEOA) was enacted on August 14, 2008, and reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (the HEA).  The HEOA makes a number of changes to programs authorized under the HEA, authorizes new programs, and makes changes to other laws.  


Title II

The Title II Reporting site for Institutions is now open. Reports are due on or before
April 30, 2016. ETS Pass Rates will be uploaded to the IPRC by mid April. The certification period is April 16-30, 2016.

NDE Reporting Tipsfor the 2016 IPRC report

Title II Higher Education Act Website – for 2016 reporting

Title II Higher Education Act Technical Assistance Website – for 2016 reporting
   (User Manuals, Quick Start Guides, Title II Reporting Tips)

Title II Reports

Pass Rate Reporting IHE User Manual (ETS)Updated 11/11/15

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State Educator Preparation Program Approval

EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAM APPROVAL


State Educator Preparation Program Approval

Annual Board Approval – NDE Rule 24 Matrices, Documents, and Forms

State Program Review – Visitation Schedule


The goal of State Program Review is to provide an accurate picture of educator preparation offered by the Nebraska institution in order to maintain State Approval. In addition to annual reporting requirements, the State Program Approval requires a full review of the educator preparation program (EPP), including the specific areas of endorsement or advanced preparation. The full review is conducted on a cyclical basis, generally every seven years, and is designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of the program.

The full review includes an off-site Folio Review process which engages professional educators in the review of folio materials prepared by the institution. The folios include data and other information regarding the institution’s compliance with Rule 24 (endorsements) and Rule 20 (overall preparation program) requirements; assessment results regarding candidate quality and performance in areas such as candidate’s knowledge, skills, dispositions, and effect on PK-12 learning, and program improvement initiatives informed by candidate performance data.

Once the off-site Folio Review is completed, an on-site visit is conducted, generally in conjunction with the national accreditation visit.

After all the evidence is examined, the Nebraska Council on Teacher Education (NCTE) makes a formal recommendation to the Commissioner of Education and the Nebraska State Board of Education regarding state approval of the institution’s educator preparation program. The State Board makes the final determination regarding state approval.

 

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Educator Preparation

WELCOME TO THE EDUCATOR PREPARATION HOME PAGE

Quick Link News

Content Test Scores Updated – 8-18-16

Content Testing FAQ – updated 12-18-15


Preparing quality teachers and other professional educators for the State of Nebraska is a vital component of the Nebraska Department of Education’s mission. The Teacher Education Program Approval section is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and approving teacher and administrator education programs that lead to certification to teach, administer and provide special services in schools. There are 16 institutions in the state with approved educator preparation programs.

Primary responsibilities of the Educator Preparation Section:

  • Review and approve educator preparation programs in Nebraska. The standards and procedures are outlined in Rule 20, Regulations for the Approval of Teacher Education Programs; Rule 21, Issuance of Certificates and Permits to Teach, Counsel, Supervise and Administer in Nebraska Schools; Rule 23, Regulations for the Basic Skills Competency Testing of Teachers and Administrators; and Rule 24, Regulations for Certificate Endorsements and the accompanying Guidelines.

  • Provide leadership to the Nebraska Council on Teacher Education (NCTE) where Nebraska education associations and local representatives work as partners to assure high standards for Nebraska educator preparation and certification, with the ultimate goal of providing PK-12 students the best educational opportunities possible.

  • Oversight of Nebraska’s Excellence in Teaching Act, which provides forgivable loans to candidates seeking their initial certification (AETP) and to current teachers seeking an advanced degree (EETP) under Rule 25, Regulations Governing the Excellence in Teaching Act.

  • Survey Nebraska school districts annually to determine teacher shortage areas.  The data from the Teacher Shortage Survey is then summarized and communicated to the US Department of Education (USDE) and educational entities throughout the state.

  • Manage the Teach in Nebraska web site; a free service of the Nebraska Department of Education for the state’s K-12 schools seeking to employ persons with teaching or administrative certificates in professional capacities, and for persons seeking employment in such positions.

  • Oversight of Nebraska’s Master Teacher Program, which provides support for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification registration fees and an annual salary bonus for Nebraska teachers who hold the NBPTS credential under Rule 22, Regulations Governing the Master Teacher Program.

 

 

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State Program Review Forms

NDE EDUCATOR PREPARATION STATE PROGRAM REVIEW

State Program Review Manual – Updated February 4, 2016

State Program Review Report Attachmentsthese links are also found in the manual

Rule 24 Report Cover Sheet

Table Rule 24 1d Program Completers and Level

Table Rule 24 2a Key Assessments

Rule 20 Report Cover Sheet

Rule 20 Matrix

Table 004.02-1 Cooperating Educators for Clinical Practice

Table 004.03-1 Full-Time Faculty in Education Unit

Table 004.03-2 Full-Time Faculty at the Institution, Part-Time in the Education Unit

Table 004.03-3 Adjunct Faculty

Table 004.03-4 Full-Time Faculty Load

Table 004.03-5 Clinical Practice Supervisors

Table 004.06-1 Admission and Program Progression

Table 004.06-2 Admission and Program Progression Assessments

Table 005.02-1 Professional Education Competencies – Updated Feb 4, 2016

Table 005.03-1 Field Experience by Initial Certification

Table 006.02-1 Field Experience by Advanced Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Annual Board Approval

NDE 20-004 REPORT

Institutions are required, on an annual basis, to submit NDE Form 20-004, Application for Approval for Specific Programs of Educator Preparation. In addition, institutions are responsible for including Rule 24 matrices for all new and revised endorsement areas to their Educator Preparation Program with the 20-004 form. The files listed below contain the matrices.

If you experience problems opening any of the documents, please contact Karen Buller at 402-471-4837 or karen.buller@nebraska.gov. Any other questions may be directed to Pat Madsen at 402-471-4863 or pat.madsen@nebraska.gov.


2017-2018 Nebraska Approved Program Report 20-004

 


Matrices for Endorsements Pending Official Approval

These endorsements were passed by the State Board Feb 3, 2017. They are now linked to the DRAFT version of a matrix. The matrix will be a DRAFT version pending final approval by the Secretary of State. For current versions of these endorsements see the Rule 24 Endorsement Status page.

New matrices are required for the following endorsements if the program is
offered by the institution for 2017-2018

School CounselorWork-Based Learning (Supplemental—replacing Cooperative Education-Diversified Occupations)

New matrices for the following endorsements are required if the program is
NEW or REVISED for 2017-2018

Administrative Endorsement Matrices

Curriculum Supervisor

Principal

Superintendent

Special Education Supervisor

Teaching Endorsement Matrices

Adapted Physical Education

Agricultural Education

Anthropology

Art

American Sign Language (Subject)

American Sign Language (Supplemental)

Assessment Leadership

Basic Business

Bilingual Education

Biology

BMIT (Business, Marketing and Information Technology)

Chemistry

Coaching

Cooperative Education – Diversified Occupations – replaced with Work-Based Learning in 2017 see above

Driver Education

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Inclusive – formerly ECE Unified

Earth and Space Science

Economics

Elementary Education

English Language ArtsEnglish as a Second Language

English – Grandfathered in 2014 – matrix no longer used, becomes Secondary English

Family and Consumer Sciences

General Art – eliminated in 2016

Geography

Health

Health Sciences Education – formerly Health Occupations

Health and Physical Education

High Ability Education

History

Horticulture

Industrial Technology EducationInformation Technology

Instructional Technology Leadership

Instrumental Music – eliminated in 2016

Journalism and Media Education

Mathematics

Middle Level Education

Middle Level – ELA

Middle Level – MathMiddle Level – Science
Middle Level – Social ScienceMiddle Level – Ag Education
Middle Level – BMITMiddle Level – FCS
Middle Level – HPEMiddle Level – Industrial Tech
Middle Level – World LanguageMusic

Physical Education

Physics

Political Science

Psychology

Reading and Writing

Reading Specialist

Religious Education added grade levels PK-6, PK-7 to PK-12 in 2017

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
School Counselor – updated in 2017 see above

School Librarian

School Psychologist Science

Secondary English

Skilled and Technical Science

Social ScienceSociology

Speech

Speech Language Pathologist

Theatre

Vocal Music

Vocational Special Needs

Work-Based Learning – formerly Cooperative Education-Diversified Occupations – updated in 2017 see above

World Language 

Special Education Teaching Endorsement Matrices

Behavior Intervention Specialist

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Early Childhood Special Education

Early Intervention Specialist

Functional Academic Skills and Independent Living Specialist

Inclusion and Collaboration Specialist

Secondary Transition Specialist (formerly a Special Services endorsement)

Special Education Generalist– formerly SPED Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Visual Impairment

 


Resources

Annual Board Approval Report Archive

Rule 20 – Regulations for the Approval of Teacher Education Programs2014

Rule 24Regulations for Certificate Endorsements – 2018

Rule 24 – Regulations for Certificate Endorsements – 2016 Version

Guidelines for use with Rule 24 –2017
Rule 24 Guidelines – 2016 Version

Rule 24 Endorsement Status Updates

 

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Loan Recipient Forms

EETP LOAN RECIPIENT FORMS

To meet the requirements of the Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program (EETP), loan recipients must complete and submit the following forms, along with the required supporting documentation, to the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE). Failure to comply may result in the denial of future loan requests under this program and/or the commencement of repayment requirements

Questions regarding the EETP or any of the documents below may be directed to Karen Buller at 402-471-4837 or karen.buller@nebraska.gov.


Proof of Registration Download Form

Prior to the disbursement of EETP loan funds for eligible coursework, you are required to provide the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) with proof of registration for the course(s) for which you are requesting payment. A semester/term schedule or transcript that provides the course code, course title, start/end dates and applicable credit hours is considered acceptable proof of registration.

To request payment for eligible coursework, the Proof of Registration Form must be completed in its entirety and submitted with the required supporting documentation to NDE. Upon receipt, NDE will process a payment in an amount of up to $175 for each applicable credit hour reported on the proof of registration. Please allow 2-4 weeks for payment processing.

You have up to thirty (30) calendar days from the end of the loan award period for which you received the loan to request payment for eligible coursework. Submissions received after the deadline will not be processed, and any remaining funds will be returned to the EETP Fund.


Proof of Coursework Completion Download Form

An EETP loan recipient who received payment(s) for eligible coursework is  required to provide NDE with proof of completion of the coursework for which EETP funds were paid. A copy of a grade report or transcript is considered acceptable proof of completion.

The Proof of Coursework Completion Form must be completed in its entirety and submitted with the required supporting documentation to NDE. This may be done after each session or semester or as a composite for the award loan period.

Proof of completion for all courses for which you received payment must be submitted to NDE within sixty (60) days from the end of the loan award period.


Proof of Program Completion Download Form

To comply with the conditions of the EETP Contract, upon completion of the graduate program for which you received an EETP loan, you are required to provide NDE with proof of program completion in the form of an official transcript.

The Proof of Program Completion Form must be completed in its entirety and submitted with the required supporting documentation to NDE within sixty (60) days from the date you completed the graduate program.


Additional Resources

 

State Statutes Excellence in Teaching Act

 

Rule 25 Regulations Governing the Excellence in Teaching Act

 

 

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Excellence in Teaching Act

EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING ACT LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM


EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING ACT FORGIVABLE LOANS – For Nebraska residents currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate teacher education program at an eligible Nebraska institution.

In April In April 2009, the Nebraska Legislature approved LB547, revised the Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program created in 2006 to become the Excellence in Teaching Act; granting the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and the State Board of Education the authority to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to carry out the Act, which includes the Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program and the Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program (§79-8,132-79-8,140 R.R.S.). Rule 25, Regulations Governing the Excellence in Teaching Act (Title 92, NAC, Chapter 25), was adopted by the State Board of Education in March 2010 and approved by the Governor on September 14, 2010.

In addition, the Excellence in Teaching Cash Fund was created to fund the programs of the Excellence in Teaching Act (§79-8,137.05 R.R.S.). Available funds are allocated annually by NDE, with a maximum of $400,000 dispersed to the Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program for distribution to all participating eligible institutions and the remaining available funds ($600,000 minimum) dispersed to the Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program for distribution to eligible students. Ffunds are distributed according to the respective program’s distribution formula as determined by the rules and regulations provided for in Rule 25.


Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program (AETP) – For eligible students working towards their initial certificate to teach in Nebraska.   

Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program (EETP) – For current teachers in Nebraska schools working toward their graduate degree.   

2016 Excellence in Teaching Act Status Report 

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NEBRASKA CLINICAL PRACTICE EVALUATION

Clinical Practice Evaluation Documents

NE Clinical Practice Evaluation – June 2017 Version

2016 Version:

2016 Version with Standard 12-Dispositions:


Development and Implementation Process DocumentationJune 2014 Version

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NACTE Meeting Documents

NACTE Meeting Documents


NACTE June 8, 2017 Meeting – posted 5-26-17

NACTE March 9, 2017 Meetingposted 3-7-17

NACTE October 13, 2016 Meetingupdated

NACTE June 9, 2016 Meetingupdated 6-9-16

NACTE March 17, 2016 Meeting – updated 3-16-16

NACTE October 8, 2015 Meeting – updated 10-8-15

NACTE June 11, 2015 Meeting – updated 6-26-15

NACTE March 19, 2015 Meeting – updated 3-18-15

NACTE January 30, 2015 Meeting posted 1-29-15

NACTE October 2, 2014 Meeting – posted 10-2-14

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