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Educator Preparation

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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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Human Resources

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Welcome to the Nebraska Department of Education Office of Human Resources

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is comprised of individuals who are committed to providing services that ultimately result in a quality education for all Nebraska students. Approximately 500 employees carry out the myriad duties assigned by state and federal statues and the policy direction of the State Board of Education.

In broad terms, the work of NDE may be categorized into four main areas:

  1. Education,
  2. Assisting people with disabilities to join the workforce,
  3. Adjudication of claims for disability benefits under Social Security or Supplemental Security Income, and
  4. Agency administration.

Because of the varied work, NDE has an eclectic mix of personnel including accountants, attorneys, educators who work in consultant and leadership roles, rehabilitation specialists, adjudicators, support personnel, human resources staff, program directors and many more. Click on the following links to read about what some of our employees have to say about working at NDE.

If you would like to learn more about NDE, peruse our current job openings, or obtain information about fringe benefits, check out the quick links to the left. Click on the following links to learn more about Nebraska and living in Lincoln.

NDE does not hire the teachers and administrators that work in the schools. Each school district hires its own personnel. You can  view other job openings websites that list teacher and administrator vacancies in Nebraska.

 

 

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Nebraska Adult Education and GED®

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Effective March 6, 2017, Vicki Bauer has retired from the Nebraska Department of Education. Tate Lauer is the current State Adult Education Director and GED® Administrator.

Scoring change: The revised Rule 81 (Rules and Regulations for the High School Equivalency Program)
effective April 27, 2016 confirms that the State of Nebraska has adopted the updated passing score for each of the four GED® tests as recommended by GED® Testing Service. The passing score is now 145 instead of 150. The GED® with Honors score has been replaced by two new score levels that show a graduate is ready for college or a career-training program, and in some cases eligible to earn college credits: GED® College Ready (165-174) and GED® College Ready + Credit (175-200).

The new score levels represent the full range of abilities of today’s high school graduates, whether the person is meeting minimum graduation standards or ready for college and beyond. An extensive analysis of GED® test takers and high school graduate data was examined to determine this score change.

If you took a GED® test module between January 1, 2014 and April 26, 2016 and earned a score between 145-149 on that subject, your records have been updated to show that you have passed that test. If, because of this change, you’ve now passed all four GED® test subject areas, you are eligible to receive a State of Nebraska Department of Education High School Diploma* and should soon receive the information that you’ll need to obtain your Diploma and/or Official Transcripts through the Nebraska Department of Education. If you have not received notification through the mail from the State Department of Education 14 days after you have received email notification from GED® Testing Service that you’ve passed all four tests, contact shirley.gruntorad@nebraska.gov.

*See Rule 81 for diploma qualifications

Adult Education and Nebraska GED®

Thank you for visiting the home page of the Nebraska GED® and Adult Education programs. From this page you can request duplicate GED® diplomas, GED® transcripts and find the Nebraska GED® testing center and/or Nebraska Adult Education classes nearest you. Read testimonials from successful GED® graduates. Test-takers can also register online by visiting http://www.gedtestingservice.com/ged-testing-service. You will see test centers located closest to the address you provide.

The section of the Nebraska Department of Education is responsible for statewide planning and evaluation, promoting interagency cooperation and coordination, public education and awareness, teacher training, curriculum research and development, resource inventory, staff assistance to local programs, funding, and program and project development at state and local levels.

Mission

Our mission is to provide educational opportunities for adults to improve their literacy skills to a level requisite for effective citizenship and productive employment. This includes preparation for and successful completion of the high school equivalency program.

Interested in Distance Education?

Nebraska Adult Education offers two programs. Contact your local Adult Education program or call 877/327-6433 for more information.

USA Learns is an online instructional program for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. It was originally developed by the US Department of Education, but is now administered through the Sacramento County California Office of Education. The program is free; it can be utilized both in and out of the classroom. Students must attend class along with utilizing USA Learns outside the classroom. It has three distinct courses: beginning, intermediate, and high level; the three main areas of learning are: survival skills, workplace skills, and the practice of reading and writing.

I-Pathways is an online instructional program designed for the GED® prep student; one who scores at least at the 9th grade level on the TABE reading, level D assessment. Nebraska offers it as a hybrid model in which a student comes to class at least two times a month to check-in with the instructor. AE programs do offer appropriate students the online instruction option after the TABE pre-testing is done and the instructor visits with an individual to determine if he/she is a good candidate for distance learning.

Reality Check Video

During the Career Pathways workshops this past summer, we showed the video Reality Check. That particular version was written for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program here at NDE.  We then asked the creator, Kevin Fleming, to change parts of it so that the entire video addresses our AE students. Click HERE to watch the new version for Adult Education!

Library Materials Available for Check Out to
Nebraska’s Adult Education Staff

The State ABE Office of NDE has a lending library of materials for both AE and ESL. Some are for instructors and others are resources containing practical ideas and exercises to be used with students. Read the descriptions and if you should decide you would like to peruse some, please call or e-mail Jim: 402/471-4806 jim.lukesh@nebraska.gov
Many of the resources contain EXCELLENT material for students struggling in specific areas. Other materials would make WONDERFUL additions to, or a basis for staff development sessions. If you would like to preview or discuss any of the materials, just drop in or contact Jim. Materials can be checked out for 6 weeks (longer if not in demand).

How to Request GED® Records

All requests for duplicate diplomas, transcripts and verification of GED® completions must be in writing. No confidential information will be given out over the telephone. The $2 fee (payable to the Nebraska Department of Education) is required for transcripts and duplicate diplomas.
Verification requests from potential employers, background investigators, and/or others must include a signed release from the individual along with the person’s printed name, date of birth, and approximate year of successful completion. These requests may be scanned and emailed to shirley.gruntorad@nebraska.gov or faxed to 402/471-0117. Please allow 48 hours for verification requests; two weeks for duplicate diploma and transcript requests. Contact us.

GED® Advisory

Please be advised that the State of Nebraska High School diploma can be neither earned nor obtained via the Internet or through correspondence programs. If you take a test on the Internet that claims to be the GED® Tests, it is not a legitimate program. The tests of General Educational Development (GED® tests) developed by the General Educational Development Testing Service of the American Council on Education (GED® Testing Service) require extensive preparation and the demonstration of a high level of high school knowledge and academic skills.

The GED® tests are administered in Nebraska only at official GED® testing centers under the direction of the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Adult Education section. Any other high school equivalency diploma not issued by the Nebraska Department of Education or other Nebraska GED® testing authority may be of dubious value and may not be accepted by employers, colleges and universities or the military.

 

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PPCS and Veterans Education

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Private Postsecondary Career Schools Mission Statement

The Private Postsecondary Career Schools and Veterans Education section of the Nebraska Department of Education has the responsibility of authorizing private postsecondary career schools to operate educational programs and to recruit students for their schools.

Veterans Education Mission Statement

We are designated as the State Approving Agency to promote and safeguard quality education and training programs for all Veterans and other eligible persons to ensure greater education and training opportunities that meet the changing needs of Veterans, and to protect the GI Bill resources available for these programs.

 

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Teacher Certification

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Section A

I want to be a Nebraska Educator and I have never held any Nebraska Certificate

Teaching Certificates & Permits

Administrative Certificates & Permits

Special Services Certificates & Permits

Section B

I am a Nebraska Educator and want to renew, update or advance my Certificate

Certificate ApplicationRenewals
Adding EndorsementsSupporting Forms

 

Section C

State Requirements

Human Relations Training Praxis I Series – Core Academic Skills
Special Education Training

Praxis Subject Assessment (Content Test)

 

Fingerprint Requirements

Section D

Searches

Current Application Status AND  
Current Certificates & HR Training LookupCertification Investigations

Section E

Detailed Certification Information

Certification ManualCertification Terms

Section F

Protocol for Administrators

Conditional Permit RequestLocal Substitute Request
Major Changes in Rule 21  
teacher certificat linklink to Administrative Certificates and PermitsLink to Special Services Certificates and Permith

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