I Am A Student

Office of Early Childhood


Our Vision: All young Nebraska children are
secure, healthy, and successful.

The Office of Early Childhood provides leadership, guidance and support to:

  • develop high quality environments for young children;

  • promote equitable access to inclusive programs and services for all children from birth through age eight;

  • facilitate state and community partnerships that address the needs of young children and their families; and,

  • provide professional development, technical assistance and resources for personnel in early childhood care and education settings.

Activities of the Office of Early Childhood include the development and implementation of policy, data collection and evaluation, leadership for systems development of early childhood initiatives, and collaboration among programs and agencies.

The Office of Early Childhood carries out the work of the Early Childhood Training Center, which disseminates an extensive print and media collection of early childhood resources, maintains a comprehensive training calendar, manages a broad array of training opportunities for early childhood personnel and families, and facilitates the state’s integrated early childhood professional development system.

The Office of Early Childhood works jointly with the NDE Office of Special Education and the Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO), and provides support for the Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council (ECICC).

Early Learning Guidelines Trainer Application

Click here for new information about training approval!

Office of Early Childhood 2017-10-18T20:58:17+00:00

Physical Education


Physical Education Standards Adopted 10/7/2016

Physical Education is an integral part of total education of a child. It is the cornerstone in developing an active lifestyle, providing opportunities to guide young people in the process of becoming physically active for a lifetime. Quality physical education programs increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility, and enjoyment of physical activity for young people and includes the following: skill development, regular healthful physical activity, improved physical fitness, support for other subject areas, self-discipline, improved judgment, stress reduction, strengthened peer relations, improved self-confidence and self-esteem, and goal setting.

Mission of Physical Education

Physical activity is critical to the development and maintenance of good health. The goal of physical education is to develop physically educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

A physically education person:

  • Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
  • Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
  • Participates regularly in physical activity.
  • Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
  • Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
  • Values physical activity for health enjoyment challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

Julane Hill
Coordinated School Health Career Education Specialist
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Ph: 402-471-4352 Fax: 402-471-4565
E-Mail: julane.hill@nebraska.gov

Patsy Shald
Administrative Assistant
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Ph: 402-471-2109 Fax: 402-471-4565
E-Mail: patsy.shald@nebraska.gov


Physical Education 2017-09-25T01:14:48+00:00

PPCS and Veterans Education


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.


PPCS and Veterans Education 2017-10-18T20:58:40+00:00

Science Education


On September 8, 2017, the Nebraska State Board of Education approved Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Science

2017 Science Standards Approved Sept. 8, 2017

DRAFT Implementation Plan

Science Standards Adopted October 6, 2010

Physical Science
Life Science
Earth/Space Science

Articulated Format
Vertical Format

Extended Science Standards with Extended Indicators and Instructional Clarification

Science Education in Nebraska

“Science is not a subject you took in school. It’s life. We are wrapped by it, in it, with it. And one’s science literacy should never be viewed as a disposable dimension of one’s mind—not in this, the 21st century, where the engines of tomorrow’s economies will derive from wise investments and innovations in science and technology.” ~Neil Degrasse Tyson

The Nebraska Science Standards were adopted by the Nebraska State Board of Education on October 6, 2010.  The revised Nebraska Statute 525 79-760.01 states that “The State Board of Education shall develop a plan to review and update standards for each subject area every seven years.”  Operating under this revised statute, the review and revision of the Nebraska Science Standards will begin next fall (Fall 2016).

Here are links for the Nebraska to NGSS Comparison Study:

Executive Summary: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B40Tci2b-aTgRE4zWkhMT0Z3WkE/view?usp=sharing
Appendices: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B40Tci2b-aTgTk9qX2U3ak9pUFU/view?usp=sharing

National Science Standards Guiding Documents

In 2012, The National Research Council issued A Framework for K-12 Science Education that succinctly articulates expectations in science achievement for high school graduates. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), were built from the NRC Framework, and the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards in Science and released in 2013. These research-based documents are currently shaping science standards across the nation. These nationally recognized resources are among the many resources that will be used throughout the standards revision process.
As standards are only guidelines for instruction and not panaceas for change; moving toward research-based instructional practices requires ongoing, collaborative work among Nebraska’s teaching and learning professionals. 

Science Education 2017-11-21T14:53:27+00:00

Social Studies Education


Nebraska 150 Sesquicentennial Teacher Resources

We have gathered some of the many Sesquicentennial Teacher Resources and put them all in one place. Please visit the link at the left under “Resources” for a link to our webpage, and links to other great things going on in the State of Nebraska.

4th Grade Nebraska Atlas

Classroom sets of the colorful Nebraska Student Atlas have been distributed by ESU’s across the state of Nebraska. The atlas is designed to be integrated into the 4th grade Nebraska Studies curriculum to enhance and improve the understanding of history, geography, civics and economics concepts.

If your school has not received the 4th Grade student atlas’, please contact:

Deb Hericks

New Social Studies Standards

Horizontal Version

Vertical Version

Social Studies

Social Studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.

National Council for the Social Studies, 1992

Mission Statement

The mission of the social studies is to develop capable citizens who are empowered with knowledge, skills, and attitudes enabling them to make informed decisions in a culturally diverse and interdependent world.

Strategic Plan, 1993

Social Studies Education 2017-09-27T21:07:32+00:00

Special Education


Office of Special Education

Alternative Assessment Criteria – The Alternate Assessment information is new and the Alternate Assessment Criteria document is required to be completed. 
IEP Team Decision Making Flow Chart
Public Reporting and Determinations Guides
Part B Levels of Determination 2017
Part C Levels of Determination 2017
District Phase II TIP
District Phase II TIP Report
TIP Supplementary GuidanceTIP Review Tool

PDF of Prior Written Guidance Document
PDF of Shortened Day and Transition Guidance Document

ECICC Biennial Report to the Governor
New Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
Colleague Letter and Resource Guide on Students with ADHD
Know Your Rights – Students with ADHD
Maintenance of Effort
Worksheet and Tracking Tool

Federal Proposed Regulations on Significant Disproportionality
Federal Study and State Analysis of Disproportionality

New Technical Assistance Document Available
Significant Disproportionality Guidance Document


Special Education 2017-11-07T22:13:03+00:00

State Board of Education


Live Video Stream –
State Board of Education Work Session – December 7, 2017 (2:00 p.m.)
State Board of Education Board Meeting – December 8, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)

The State Board of Education is an elected, constitutional body that sets policy and ensures that the State Department of Education functions effectively within the framework developed by the state Legislature and the board. By law, the board and the department have broad leadership functions to carry out certain regulatory and service activities.

Statewide oversight of education in Nebraska began in February 1869 when the Legislature created the office of the state superintendent of public instruction. The office was included in the constitution of 1875. In 1917, the Legislature decided to place the state superintendent on a non-partisan basis. In 1920, the constitution was changed to have the superintendent serve a four-year term beginning in 1923.

A 1952 constitutional amendment established a State Department of Education, which acts under the authority of the State Board of Education. The role of state superintendent of public instruction was transferred to the Board of Education or the commissioner of education effective in January 1955.

The 1967 Legislature divided the state into eight districts, and the membership of the State Board of Education was increased from six to eight members effective January 1969. The districts were realigned by the 2011 Legislature.

The board is elected on a non-partisan ballot, with one member from each district. Board members serve four-year terms. Board members are not paid, but are reimbursed for their expenses.

Public Participation at State Board of Education Meetings

According to State Board Policy B12, the published agenda of every regular meeting of the State Board shall contain an item identified as Public Comment Period. This period may be available to any person who wishes to address the State Board on any subject within its authority.

Each individual speaking to the Board will be required to complete a “Sign-in” card to identify him or herself. Persons speaking to the Board during Public Comment may hand out printed materials to the Board but may not use any other forms of media. Each person may address the Board for up to five minutes.

Any citizen or spokesperson for a group of citizens may request a 10 minute appearance before the State Board of Education at any regular meeting or work session of the Board except when the Board declares itself to be in executive session, and may address the Board, provided a request for such address has been made to the Commissioner of Education or Board members in writing at least three days in advance of the meeting in order to permit such appearance to be placed on the published agenda.

If at any time persons appearing before the Board exceed the time limitations set forth in this Policy or on the agenda or become abusive in language or behavior, it shall be the responsibility of the President to declare that person out of order and to refuse permission to continue to address the Board. Anyone refusing to be identified will be prohibited from speaking.

State Board of Education 2017-11-09T20:50:50+00:00

Teacher Certification


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


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

Teacher Certification 2017-11-17T13:56:58+00:00

Teaching and Learning


Welcome to the Teaching and Learning Team Webpage

The Teaching and Learning Team provides leadership, service, and support to help all learners become contributing and fulfilled members of society by:

  • Providing leadership, content expertise, and technical assistance related to teaching and learning;
  • Coordinating processes to develop and implement content-specific standards for grades K-12;
  • Designing, developing, and facilitating learning experiences for students and educators;
  • Establishing and fostering strategic partnerships among state agencies, nonprofit organizations, postsecondary education institutions, and/or business and industry partners;
  • Collaborating with and advising other NDE teams and the Nebraska State Board of Education on matters related to teaching and learning.

Teaching and Learning 2017-10-18T18:30:47+00:00

World Languages Education


Teaching World Language – Job Link

Click Here to Search World Language Teaching Positions


World Language Updates and Communication

If you are interested in being included in bi-weekly updates on WL Education and related opportunities, please contact stephanie.call@Nebraska.gov.

In the email to Stephanie, request that she add you to the NE WL Update List.


Important News

NILA Website

Click here for the NILA Website


Stephanie Call, Education Specialist    
stephanie.call@nebraska.gov 402-471-4331

Rhonda Wisdom, Professional Assistant
rhonda.wisdom@nebraska.gov   402-471-2446

World Languages Education 2017-09-27T21:07:48+00:00
Go to Top