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AETP APPLICATION INFORMATION

The application is valid only for the current Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program (AETP) Award Year.

The application and contract must be returned to the Teacher Education office of your Nebraska institution for approval. The deadline for return is determined by the institution.

If you receive the AETP forgivable loan, Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) will return a signed copy of your contract announcing your award. This may be as late as December 15, as the institutions have a December 1 deadline for returning all applications and contracts to NDE.

2018-19 AETP Application Form – Coming in Sept 2018

2018-19 AETP Contract Form – Coming in Sept 2018


Related Information

Nebraska Teacher Shortage Reports

Rule 25 – Regulations Governing the Excellence in Teaching Act – 2016 version

NDE Contact – email Karen Buller

2017-2023 STATE REVIEW VISITATION SCHEDULE

Scheduled on-site visits

Accredited by CAEP* unless otherwise noted

2017
Spring – Wayne State College
Fall – University of Nebraska at Kearney

2018
Spring – University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
Spring – Hastings College
Spring – Creighton University
Fall – York College

2019
Spring – Doane University
Spring – Concordia University
Fall – Union College

2020
Spring – Chadron State College 
Fall – Nebraska Wesleyan University

2021
None Scheduled

2022
Spring – Midland University, State Approval
Fall – Peru State College
Fall – University of Nebraska at Omaha

2023
Fall – College of Saint Mary, State Approval 

*Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Title II Report Archive

State and Institutional Reports

Creighton University and Hastings College Folio Reviews

Creighton University and Hastings College Folio Reviews


Creighton University State Program Approval

The Creighton University website link:
https://doit.creighton.edu/email-accounts/blue-accounts/quick-launch
Click on the BlueLine Icon:  
NetID = NA49602g
Password = Program.Review
On the Dashboard screen, click on the GREEN Group: Creighton Accreditation…box

Rule 20 Review
To view the Rule 20 Folio you may need to click on:
Rule 20 Report for Creighton University to see all the documents

     Important Dates
Off-site Folio Review Training – Monday, June 5, 2017
Off-site Folio Review – Monday, June 19, 2017 1-5 p.m.

     Reviewer Documents
Rule 20 Folio Reviewer Information
Rule 20 Folio Reviewer Report Form

Rule 24 Folio Review
To view the Rule 24 Folios you may need to click on:
The Folio name to see all the documents
or Scroll Down to find the Folio Name

     Important Folio Dates
Off-site Reviewer Training – TBA – Video Based
Off-site Folio Review – Wednesday July 12, 2017

    Folio Reviewer Documents
Rule 24 Folio Reviewer Information
Rule 24 Regular (Initial) Progam Folio Review Report Form
Rule 24 Advanced Program Folio Review Report Form


Hastings College State Program Approval

The Hastings College website link:
https://sites.google.com/hastings.edu/hc-state-approval/home

Rule 20 Review
Rule 20 Folio

     Important Dates
Off-site Folio Review Training – Monday, June 5, 2017
Off-site Folio Review – Monday, June 26, 2017 1-5 p.m.

     Reviewer Documents
Rule 20 Folio Reviewer Information
Rule 20 Folio Reviewer Report Form

Rule 24 Folio Review
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION FOLIO
SPECIAL EDUCATION FOLIO
PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOLIO
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FOLIO

     Important Folio Dates
Off-site Reviewer Training – TBA – Video Based
Off-site Folio Review – Wednesday July 12, 2017

    Folio Reviewer Documents
Rule 24 Folio Reviewer Information
Rule 24 Regular (Initial) Progam Folio Review Report Form

EETP Sample Contracts

Select Tab to see sample language of an EETP contract based on when funds were first received.

Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program Contract

For individuals receiving funds for the first time before July 1, 2016

For the Award Period of July 1, 20XX – June 30, 20XX

  AUTHORITY                                                                                                                                      

I, the undersigned, agree to the following terms and conditions of this Contract pursuant to the Excellence in Teaching Act (Sections 79-8, 132 through 79-8,140 of the Revised Statutes of Nebraska (R.R.S.)) and the Nebraska Department of Education’s, Regulations Governing the Excellence in Teaching Act (92 Nebraska Administrative Code Chapter 25).

 CONDITIONS FOR AWARD PAYMENT

I agree to provide the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) with the following:

  • Proof of Registration postmarked to NDE no later than thirty (30) days after the end of the award period for the courses identified on the Program of Study submitted with my application for the Documentation includes a course schedule or unofficial transcript verifying registration. Upon receipt of this information, NDE will issue a check to me for an amount equal to $175.00 for each credit hour of approved coursework.
  • Proof of Coursework Completion postmarked to NDE no later than sixty (60) days after the end of the award period for which funds were received. Documentation includes a copy of a grade  report or unofficial Failure to submit this documentation may result in denial of future loan requests under this program and/or commencement of repayment requirements.
  • Proof of Program Completion postmarked to NDE no later than sixty (60) days after the completion of the program for which funds were An official transcript is required.

 AWARD AMOUNT

Up to $175.00 per credit hour, up to a maximum of $3000, for which registration documentation is provided as described in the above section, Conditions for Award Payment, for classes that BEGIN July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

 AWARD FORGIVENESS

Beginning after the first two (2) years of full-time teaching in Nebraska following completion of the graduate program for which the award was received, for each year that I teach full-time in Nebraska, the amount of my EETP awards shall be forgiven in an amount up to $3,000, except if I teach full-time in a local system classified as very sparse as defined in Section 79-1003 R.R.S., teach in a school building that provides free meals to all students pursuant to the community eligibility provision, teach in a school building in which at least forty (40%) percent of the students are poverty students as defined in Section 79-1003 R.R.S., or if I teach in a school building in which at least 40% of the enrolled students qualify for free lunches as determined by the most recent data available from the Nebraska Department of Education, the amount of my EETP awards shall be forgiven each year in an amount up to $6,000.

 REPAYMENT COMMENCEMENT

The following changes in status will result in repayment commencement within six (6) months of the change in status at the rate fixed pursuant to Section 45-103 R.R.S. accruing as of the date I sign this Contract:

  • Failure to be  employed  full-time  as a  teacher  in  Nebraska  for  the  time  period  required  for  award forgiveness under the above law,
  • Failure to continue in or complete the eligible graduate program for which the award was obtained,
  • Failure to complete the requirements for program completion within five consecutive years after receiving the initial award,
  • Failure to remain enrolled at an eligible institution (as defined below),
  • Failure to meet the requirements of an eligible student (as defined below), or
  • Failure to provide NDE with requested annual documentation of course Failure to provide requested documentation may also result in ineligibility for future payments on the Contract or eligibility for future Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program awards.

Eligible institution shall mean a not-for-profit college  or university which:  (1) is located in Nebraska, (2) is accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education as determined to be acceptable by the Nebraska State Board of Education, (3) has a teacher education program, and if a privately funded college or university, has not opted out of the Act pursuant to 92 NAC 25.

Eligible student shall mean an individual who (1) is a certificated teacher employed to teach in Nebraska, (2) is enrolled in an eligible graduate program, (3) is a resident student as described in Section 85-502 R.R.S. or, if enrolled in a privately funded eligible institution, would be deemed a resident student if enrolled in a state-funded eligible institution, and (4) is (a) seeking a degree or added endorsement in a shortage area as defined by the Nebraska Department of Education, (b) seeking a degree in curriculum and instruction, (c) seeking a degree in a subject area in which a secular teaching endorsement is already held, or (d) seeking a degree in a subject area that will result in an endorsement which the superintendent of the school district or head administrator of  the nonpublic school employing the individual believes will be beneficial to the students of the school district or school as evidenced by a statement signed by the superintendent or head administrator.

 REPAYMENT SCHEDULE

In the event I enter repayment, the award becomes a loan. If I must repay all or any part of the loan, I will comply with the repayment schedule as provided by the Nebraska Department of Education.  Repayment will be made on a monthly basis, allowing for two (2) years of payments for the total loan amount received from all loans under the Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program. Monthly payments must be received at the Department no later than the 15th day of each month. I may accelerate payments on all or any part of the loan principal plus accrued interest at any time without penalty.

 PENALTY

In the event I fail to make a scheduled payment of any installment due, the entire unpaid indebtedness including interest due shall, at the option of the Commissioner of Education, become immediately due and payable.

 DEFERMENT

A deferment of the repayment period may be granted by the Commissioner of Education if I meet one of the following conditions:

  1. Serving on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, deferment not to exceed three (3) years;
  2. Temporarily totally disabled as established by the sworn affidavit of a qualified physician, deferment not to exceed three (3) years;
  3. Unable to secure employment by reason of the care required by a disabled child, spouse, or parent, deferment not to exceed twelve (12) months; or
  4. Seeking and unable to find full-time employment, deferment not to exceed twelve (12)

 DEFAULT

My failure to either fulfill the terms necessary for award forgiveness or repay the loan shall constitute a default.  If I am in default, I may be referred to a collection agency according to Section 45-623 R.R.S.

 CANCELLATION

The repayment obligation will be canceled if the Commissioner of Education determines that I am unable to teach because I am permanently totally disabled, on the basis of verification from the Social Security Administration, or in the event of my death.

 OTHER OBLIGATIONS

I am responsible for informing the Financial Aid Office of the institution in which I am enrolled of the award under this program so that appropriate adjustments can be made to my financial aid package provided by the institution.

I am also responsible for informing the Nebraska Department of Education of changes to my name and other contact information, place of employment and/or employment status, and changes to the eligible graduate program as identified in the approved EETP Application for Funds.

Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program Contract

For individuals receiving funds for the first time on or after July 1, 2016

For the Award Period of July 1, 20XX – June 30, 20XX

  AUTHORITY                                                                                                                                      

I, the undersigned, agree to the following terms and conditions of this Contract pursuant to the Excellence in Teaching Act (Sections 79-8, 132 through 79-8,140 of the Revised Statutes of Nebraska (R.R.S.)) and the Nebraska Department of Education’s, Regulations Governing the Excellence in Teaching Act (92 Nebraska Administrative Code Chapter 25).

 CONDITIONS FOR AWARD PAYMENT

I agree to provide the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) with the following:

  • Proof of Registration postmarked to NDE no later than thirty (30) days after the end of the award period for the courses identified on the Program of Study submitted with my application for the Documentation includes a course schedule or unofficial transcript verifying registration. Upon receipt of this information, NDE will issue a check to me for an amount equal to $175.00 for each credit hour of approved coursework.
  • Proof of Coursework Completion postmarked to NDE no later than sixty (60) days after the end of the award period for which funds were received. Documentation includes a copy of a grade  report or unofficial Failure to submit this documentation may result in denial of future loan requests under this program and/or commencement of repayment requirements.
  • Proof of Program Completion postmarked to NDE no later than sixty (60) days after the completion of the program for which funds were An official transcript is required.

 AWARD AMOUNT

Up to $175.00 per credit hour, up to a maximum of $3000, for which registration documentation is provided as described in the above section, Conditions for Award Payment, for classes that BEGIN July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

 AWARD FORGIVENESS

Beginning after the first two (2) years of full-time teaching in Nebraska following completion of the graduate program for which the award was received, for each year that I teach full-time in Nebraska, the amount of my EETP awards shall be forgiven in an amount up to $1,500, except if I teach full-time in a local system classified as very sparse as defined in Section 79-1003 R.R.S., teach in a school building that provides free meals to all students pursuant to the community eligibility provision, teach in a school building in which at least forty (40%) percent of the students are poverty students as defined in Section 79-1003 R.R.S., or if I teach in a Nebraska school in which at least 40% of the enrolled students qualify for free lunches as determined by the most recent data available from the Nebraska Department of Education, the amount of my EETP awards shall be forgiven each year in an amount up to $1,500 for the first year of loan forgiveness and in an amount up to $3,000 for each year of loan forgiveness thereafter.

 REPAYMENT COMMENCEMENT

The following changes in status will result in repayment commencement within six (6) months of the change in status at the rate fixed pursuant to Section 45-103 R.R.S. accruing as of the date I sign this Contract:

  • Failure to be  employed  full-time  as a  teacher  in  Nebraska  for  the  time  period  required  for  award forgiveness under the above law,
  • Failure to continue in or complete the eligible graduate program for which the award was obtained,
  • Failure to complete the requirements for program completion within five consecutive years after receiving the initial award,
  • Failure to remain enrolled at an eligible institution (as defined below),
  • Failure to meet the requirements of an eligible student (as defined below), or
  • Failure to provide NDE with requested annual documentation of course Failure to provide requested documentation may also result in ineligibility for future payments on the Contract or eligibility for future Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program awards.

Eligible institution shall mean a not-for-profit college  or university which:  (1) is located in Nebraska, (2) is accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education as determined to be acceptable by the Nebraska State Board of Education, (3) has a teacher education program, and if a privately funded college or university, has not opted out of the Act pursuant to 92 NAC 25.

Eligible student shall mean an individual who (1) is a certificated teacher employed to teach in Nebraska, (2) is enrolled in an eligible graduate program, (3) is a resident student as described in Section 85-502 R.R.S. or, if enrolled in a privately funded eligible institution, would be deemed a resident student if enrolled in a state-funded eligible institution, and (4) is (a) seeking a degree or added endorsement in a shortage area as defined by the Nebraska Department of Education, (b) seeking a degree in curriculum and instruction, (c) seeking a degree in a subject area in which a secular teaching endorsement is already held, or (d) seeking a degree in a subject area that will result in an endorsement which the superintendent of the school district or head administrator of  the nonpublic school employing the individual believes will be beneficial to the students of the school district or school as evidenced by a statement signed by the superintendent or head administrator.

 REPAYMENT SCHEDULE

In the event I enter repayment, the award becomes a loan. If I must repay all or any part of the loan, I will comply with the repayment schedule as provided by the Nebraska Department of Education.  Repayment will be made on a monthly basis, allowing for two (2) years of payments for the total loan amount received from all loans under the Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program. Monthly payments must be received at the Department no later than the 15th day of each month. I may accelerate payments on all or any part of the loan principal plus accrued interest at any time without penalty.

 PENALTY

In the event I fail to make a scheduled payment of any installment due, the entire unpaid indebtedness including interest due shall, at the option of the Commissioner of Education, become immediately due and payable.

 DEFERMENT

A deferment of the repayment period may be granted by the Commissioner of Education if I meet one of the following conditions:

  1. Serving on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, deferment not to exceed three (3) years;
  2. Temporarily totally disabled as established by the sworn affidavit of a qualified physician, deferment not to exceed three (3) years;
  3. Unable to secure employment by reason of the care required by a disabled child, spouse, or parent, deferment not to exceed twelve (12) months; or
  4. Seeking and unable to find full-time employment, deferment not to exceed twelve (12)

 DEFAULT

My failure to either fulfill the terms necessary for award forgiveness or repay the loan shall constitute a default.  If I am in default, I may be referred to a collection agency according to Section 45-623 R.R.S.

 CANCELLATION

The repayment obligation will be canceled if the Commissioner of Education determines that I am unable to teach because I am permanently totally disabled, on the basis of verification from the Social Security Administration, or in the event of my death.

 OTHER OBLIGATIONS

I am responsible for informing the Financial Aid Office of the institution in which I am enrolled of the award under this program so that appropriate adjustments can be made to my financial aid package provided by the institution.

I am also responsible for informing the Nebraska Department of Education of changes to my name and other contact information, place of employment and/or employment status, and changes to the eligible graduate program as identified in the approved EETP Application for Funds.

The difference in the two contracts is in the AWARD FORGIVENESS section.

ETS InService Meeting

ETS INSERVICE MEETING


ETS INSERVICE MEETING – November 4, 2015


Meeting Materials

Math 5161 Resources List

Study Topics Schedule for Nebraska

Kathy Pruner, ETS – Powerpoint Slides

CAEP InService Meeting

CAEP INSERVICE MEETING


CAEP INSERVICE MEETING – September 8-9, 2016


Meeting Material Handouts

Student Teaching Assessment Sample

Assessment Rubric Sept 2016

CAEP Standards June 2016

InTASC 2011 Standards at a Glance

Establishing Content Validity and Reliability Powerpoint Handout

Data Conventions Powerpoint Handout

Developing Assessments Powerpoint Handout

Overview and Scope of Advanced Level Standards Powerpoint Handout

Standards 1 and 3 Powerpoint Handout

Standard 2 Powerpoint Handout

Standards 4 and 5 Powerpoint Handout

Worksheet Example

Professional Dispositions Assessment Form Sample

Loan Forgiveness Programs

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.


Teacher 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, in grades Kindergarten through 12. Check with the school that made your Perkins Loan or visit the USDE Student Aid Information Center web site for more information.


Teacher 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 in grades Kindergarten through 12. 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.


Early Childhood Educator Loan Forgiveness
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.

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. ETS Pass Rates will be uploaded to the IPRC by mid April.  Reports are due on or before  April 30, 2018.

IPRC Quick Start Guide

NDE Title II Reporting Tips

Title II Higher Education Act Websitefor reporting

Title II Higher Education Act Technical Assistance Website – (User Manuals, Title II Reporting Tips)

Title II Reports

Pass Rate Reporting IHE User Manual (ETS)

State Educator Preparation Program Approval

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

State Program Review – Report Documents and Forms

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.