Excellence in Teaching Act


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.), using a portion of the State Lottery Operation Trust Fund dollars.  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. Funds 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 


2018 Clinical Practice Assessment Rubrics and Documents

The newly revised ‘NE Clinical Practice Assessment Rubric’ is to be used by the 15 Nebraska-approved higher education institutions that offer teacher preparation programs, beginning Fall Semester, 2018. The training materials and videos that accompany the rubric are provided for use by institution faculty, supervisors, and cooperating teachers.

Previous versions of Clinical Practice Evaluation Documents

2016 Version:

2016 Version with Standard 12-Dispositions:

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

Quality of Educator Preparation – Reports


Title II reporting is in compliance with the amendment of the Higher Education Act in 2008.

Archived Reports – 2014, 2015, and 2016 Reports

Nebraska Endorsements for 2018 Title II Reports
Only the endorsements issued on initial certificates are used in the Title II Reports

Endorsements Issued on Initial Certificates 2018 Report – Sep 1, 2016 – Aug 31, 2017

Endorsements Added to Current Certificates 2018 Report Yearly totals from Sep 1, 2010 – Aug 31, 2017

Endorsements placed on Out of State Applicant Certificates 2018 Report – Sep 1, 2016 – Aug 31, 2017

The 2017 State and Institutional Reports contain data
from the 2015-2016 academic year.

Endorsements Issued on Initial Certificates 2017 ReportSep 1, 2015 – Aug 31, 2016

Endorsements Added to Current Certificates 2017 Report Yearly totals from Sep 1, 2010 – Aug 31, 2016

Endorsements placed on Out of State Applicant Certificates 2017 Report – Sep 1, 2015 – Aug 31, 2016

2017 State Reports

2017 State Report – completed Nov 2017

Educator Preparation Candidate/Completer Report 2008-2016

2017 Institutional Reports – completed April 30, 2017

2017 Institutional Report Summary


Programs in Nebraska

Nebraska Institutions with Educator Preparation Programs




Transition to Teaching Program Information

Mid-career professionals and recent college graduates with baccalaureate degrees who wish to become Nebraska teachers may qualify for the Nebraska Transitional Teaching Permit. As the result of a federal grant, the Nebraska Department of Education in partnership with the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) implemented the Transitional Certification Program (TCP). In addition to the TCP program at UNK, alternative routes to certification are available at most Nebraska institutions with approved educator preparation programs. You can obtain specific information by contacting the institution directly. The links on the Nebraska Teacher Preparation Programs page will take you to the education department website at each institution listed.

Rule 21, Issuance of Certificates and Permits to Teach, Provide Special Services and Administer in Nebraska Schools, provides specific information about the transitional permit, but requirements include:

  • The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree which includes at least 75% of course requirements for preparation in a secondary field or subject endorsement area.
  • A written request for the issuance of the permit from the superintendent or governing body of the school system in which the applicant intends to teach, including documentation that the school system has not found a fully qualified teacher for the position.
  • An assessment of transcripts completed by a certification officer in a standard institution of higher education and a plan developed for completion of an approved initial teacher certification program.
  • A written plan from the school system for mentoring and supervision of the applicant.
  • Completion of a pre-teaching seminar that includes information and skill development in the areas of diversity, classroom management, curriculum planning, and instructional strategies prior to assuming responsibility for the classroom.
  • A written agreement with a Nebraska teacher education program to complete at least one supervisory visit each semester to the school system of the applicant.

Information about other Nebraska certificates and permits can be found on the Teacher Certification Office web site or in Rule 21. Questions regarding Nebraska certification should be directed to the Teacher Certification Office at tcertweb@nebraska.gov.

The Nebraska Council on Teacher Education (NCTE) Archive

Each meeting document contains the Agenda then the Minutes. References to external documentation will be a hyperlink shown in blue. Only the most recent meeting will include links to Redline Endorsements addressed at the meeting.





Teacher Shortage Survey Archive


Full Reports – Data Reported for:

Summary Reports – Data Reported for:

Comparison Reports

Guidance Document Index

Educator Preparation

Date Document description
08/31/16Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program Information
05/10/17Basic Skills/CORE Academic Skills Testing FAQ
 08/18/16Content Test Score Requirements
 06/07/16Content Testing FAQ
02/23/18Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program Definitions
02/23/18Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program Information
04/10/13NCTE Organizational Policies
03/15/18NDE Title II Reporting Tips for IHEs
03/07/16State Folio Review Manual




Contact Us


Adult Program Services
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Fax: 402-742-8372


Senior Administrator for Adult Program Services (Adult Education, Private Postsecondary Career Schools and Veterans Education, Teacher Certification, and Educator Preparation)

  • Rules 21 and 23 (Teacher Certification and Basic Skills Competency)
  • Rules 20, 24, and 25 (Educator Preparation Program Approval, Certificate Endorsements, and Excellence in Teaching Act)
  • Educator preparation requirements and initiatives
  • State and national educator preparation program approval processes

Marlene Beiermann
Phone:  402-471-3397
Email:  marlene.beiermann@nebraska.gov

  • Nebraska Council on Teacher Education (NCTE)
    • Ad Hoc committees
  • Meeting preparation
  • Educator preparation program approval
  • Contracts

Karen Buller
Phone:  402-471-4837
Email:  karen.buller@nebraska.gov

  • Excellence in Teaching Act
    • Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program
    • Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program
    • Rule 25 (forgivable loan programs)
  • Teach in Nebraska
  • Teacher Vacancy Survey

Pat Madsen
Phone:  402-471-4863
Email:  pat.madsen@nebraska.gov

  • Nebraska Council on Teacher Education (NCTE)
    • Ad Hoc committees
  • Educator preparation program approval
  • Folio Reviews/State approval process
  • Title II HEA – ETS
  • Content/Skills Testing

Janine Theiler
Phone:  402-471-4838
Email:  janine.theiler@nebraska.gov

Educator Effectiveness

  • Nebraska Teacher and Principal Performance Framework
  • Professional Development
  • Building Leadership Supports
  • Supporting Effective Local Policy Makers and Superintendents