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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.

State Program Review Forms


State Program Review Manual – Updated February 4, 2016

State Program Review Report Attachmentsthese links are also found in the manual

Rule 24 Report Cover Sheet

Table Rule 24 1d Program Completers and Level

Table Rule 24 2a Key Assessments

Rule 20 Report Cover Sheet

Rule 20 Matrix

Table 004.02-1 Cooperating Educators for Clinical Practice

Table 004.03-1 Full-Time Faculty in Education Unit

Table 004.03-2 Full-Time Faculty at the Institution, Part-Time in the Education Unit

Table 004.03-3 Adjunct Faculty

Table 004.03-4 Full-Time Faculty Load

Table 004.03-5 Clinical Practice Supervisors

Table 004.06-1 Admission and Program Progression

Table 004.06-2 Admission and Program Progression Assessments

Table 005.02-1 Professional Education Competencies – Updated Feb 4, 2016

Table 005.03-1 Field Experience by Initial Certification

Table 006.02-1 Field Experience by Advanced Program

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, 2016, and 2017 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 2018 State and Institutional Reports contain data
from the 2016-2017 academic year.

2018 State Reports

2018 State Title II Report – will be available in Nov 2018

Educator Preparation Candidate/Completer Report 2008-2017

2018 Institutional Reports – finalized June 2018

2018 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

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