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Teacher Certificate

This page will assist the teacher level certificate holders.  It is for the new teacher coming to Nebraska and for current Nebraska teachers who want to renew and add endorsements.

Certificates

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree, a teacher education program at a state-approved college or university
  • Completion of Nebraska Human Relations Training
  • Completion of Special Education Training
  • Completion of Praxis I/CORE (Basic Skills)
  • Completion of Praxis II Subject Assessment (Content)
  • Recent college credits or employment experience within the past immediate five (5) years.
  • Form:  Verification of Employment Experience for Nebraska Educator Certificate or Permit NDE 20-009
  • Form:  Institutional Verification for Nebraska Educator Certificate or Permit NDE 20-016
  • Submit your application online   https://online.nedoe.org.  OR print off the application, complete and mail to Teacher Certification at the Nebraska Department of Education with payment by check or money order.  The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Completion of fingerprinting requirements
  • Order official transcripts

Printable References:

  1. Instructions Applying for First Nebraska Teaching Certificate
  2. Teacher Certification Manual
  3. Form: Verification of Employment Experience for Nebraska Educator Certificate or Permit NDE 20-0009
  4. Form: Institutional Verification for Nebraska Educator Certificate or Permit NDE 20-016
  5. Form: Teacher Application (paper)
  6. Instructions: Nebraska Human Relations Training
  7. Instructions: Core Academic Skills Test for Nebraska Certification
  8. Instructions: Special Education First Certificate Teaching and Administrative
  9. Instructions: Fingerprinting for Nebraska Certification
  10. Instructions: Application Fees and Transcript Submission
  11. Nebraska TEACH Educator Portal

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Advancing from Initial Certificate to Standard Teaching Certificate

  • A five-year initial teaching certificate can advance to a five-year standard teaching certificate if you have taught half-time or more than two (2) consecutive school years in the past five years while holding a regular certificate (substitution teaching experience does not apply).
  • Complete an online application form online https://online.nedoe.org and pay the nonrefundable application fees.
  • OR  print the application form, complete, sign, and date.  Include a check or money order for the non-refundable application fee when mailing.
  • AND Verify teaching experience required to advance two (2) years with the immediate past five (5) years half time (50%) or more in a legally operated school system while holding or qualifying to hold a regular teaching certificate.

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Advancing from Standard Certificate to Professional Teaching Certificate

  • A five-year standard teaching certificate can advance to a ten-year professional teaching certificate if you have taught half-time or more than two (2) consecutive school years in the past five years while holding a regular certificate (substitution teaching experience does not apply).
  • Within ten (10)years prior to the date of application, have received a Master’s degree in:
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Educational Technology
    • Special Education
    • Master’s in an area related to the applicant’s content area
  • Complete an online application form online https://online.nedoe.org and pay the nonrefundable application fees.
  • OR  print the application form, complete, sign, and date.  Include a check or money order for the non-refundable application fee when mailing.
  • AND  One of the three options allowing issuance of the professional certificate.
    • Submit an official transcript of a master’s degree from a standard institution of higher education in Curriculum and Instruction, SPED, Education Technology, or in the applicant’s content area.
    • OR Hold a current National Board Certification from a credentialing organization approved by the Department in Rule 22.
    • OR Have received a six-year specialist’s certificate or doctorate degree from a standard institution of higher education in the area related to the applicant’s area of endorsement completed at the master’s degree level.

Printable Resources

Rule 22
Teacher Application form
Instructions:  Application Fees and Transcript Submission

Printable list of approved courses, sample writing narratives, and guidelines

REQUIRED FOR ANY CERTIFICATE. Human Relations Training is required by Nebraska statute for any person seeking certification in Nebraska.   Check Teacher Certification Records to see if this requirement is listed as approved.  https://online.nedoe.org

Options

  1. If you have taken off the pre-approved courses (list provided in this document) after 1985 THEN submit an official transcript with approved course underlined or circled. OR
  2. If you have taken a course to meet Nebraska’s Human Relation Training requirement at a state-approved teacher education institution and the course does not appear on the list of pre-approved courses THEN submit an official transcript, a course description, and syllabus of the course for review. OR
  3. If you have not met this requirement but you meet all other requirements for issuance of any type of certificate and have not previously held a temporary certificate, you are eligible for a Temporary Certificate. NOTE:  The Temporary Certificate is valid for SIX MONTHS.

 

Writing Narrative:  Nebraska Statutory Provisions 79-807 (6)

Verification of Skills Through Employment Experience

If you have the appropriate employment experiences* which provided you with the opportunity to acquire the six skills for the Human Relations Training requirement (HRT), you may be eligible to meet the course requirement by submitting a written narrative as described below.

*Employment experiences are defined as work by an individual as an employee (a) in an approved, accredited, or otherwise legally operated school while holding or qualifying to hold a regular certificate issued by another state, by the U. S. Department of Defense, or by a foreign country based upon the successful completion of an approved teacher education program, (b) in post-secondary education, or (c) in a community organization or agency that provides services to children.

Six Skills Required for the Human Relations Training Requirement

  1. An awareness and understanding of the values, lifestyles, contributions, and history of a pluralistic society;
  2. The ability to recognize and deal with dehumanizing biases, including but not limited to sexism, racism, prejudice, and discrimination, and an awareness of the impact such biases have on interpersonal relations;
  3. The ability to translate knowledge of human relations into attitudes, skills, and techniques which result in favorable experiences for students;
  4. The ability to recognize the ways in which dehumanizing biases may be reflected in instructional materials;
  5. Respect for human dignity and individual rights; AND
  6. The ability to relate effectively to other individuals and to groups in a pluralistic society other than the teacher’s own.

The following is an abbreviated example of an acceptable format for writing a narrative that will verify the Human Relations Training skills met through employment experience. The narrative for each skill should be approximately one typed page.

The following is an abbreviate example of an acceptable format for writing a narrative, which will verify the HRT skills have been met through employment experience.

SAMPLE  First Skill: 

As awareness and understanding of the values, lifestyles, contributions, and history of a pluralistic society; When Alpha School closed due to depopulation, and other demographic factors, I transferred to Beta School, which served a widely diverse population of the city. Faculty was highly dedicated to the 65% minority students. I was impressed immediately that the faculty addressed student needs without favoritism of some racial/cultural type that I had expected. I learned there are special skills needed to address the minority needs while preserving self-image and I learned these from my fellow faculty at Beta. The cultural sensitivities of American Indian children were especially revealing to me. Some of the learned special skills which I implanted in the classroom are…

SAMPLE Second Skill:  Continued with each skill as indicated above.

Sign your name and include your social security number.

Required Verification and Signature

Having personal knowledge of (NAME) employment experiences, I hereby verify that the above statements are true to the best of my knowledge.

Signature with Title or Relationship

Your narrative must be affirmed or validated by the signature of a supervisor who is familiar with your employment experience. The narrative must be at least one detailed typed page for each skill. Each skill must be addressed from the standpoint of what you specifically have done to acquire the skill.

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Application Fees-Nonrefundable

Online payment is available for MasterCard or Visa.  Online application portal:  https://online.nedoe.orgPaper applications will require a check or money order.

$40 non-public school certificate no fingerprint cards
$90 non-public certificate with fingerprint cards
$55  all school certificate no fingerprint cards
$105  all school certificate with fingerprint cards

Transcript Submission

E-transcripts are the preference and must come directly from the college or university Registrar’s Office or directly from Parchment/Clearinghouse/EScript, (any of the Digital Credential Services.) We cannot accept E-Transcripts from the applicant.  Transcripts that are sent to ANY email address other than the one listed below cannot be accessed by this office.

Mail Submission:
Nebraska Department of Education
Teacher Certification
301 Centennial Mall South, PO Box 94987
Lincoln NE  68509-4987

Electronic Submission:  bethina.garrett@nebraska.gov

Print application fee and transmission instructions

Updated December 18, 2020 1:45pm