Rules and Guidelines List

NDE ADMINISTRATIVE RULES  (TITLE 92, NEBRASKA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE)
RELATED TO EDUCATOR PREPARATION


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 22 Regulations Governing the Master Teacher Program

Rule 23 Regulations for the Basic Skills Competency Testing of Teachers and Administrators

Rule 24 Regulations for Certificate Endorsements 

Rule 24 Guidelines Guidelines Recommended for Use with Rule 24

Rule 25 Regulations Governing the Excellence in Teaching Act 

 

All Rules & Regulations – Web Access

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.

Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program

Applications for the 2018-19 award year (for classes BEGINNING July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) are now available. 


Process for the EETP Awards

  • EETP application for 2018-19 is now closed.
  • Applicants send the required paperwork directly to the institution they will attend.
  • The institutions send all applications to NDE by June 1.
  • NDE will process the applications and notify all applicants by email with either the contract for recipients to sign, or an explanation of why the applicant did not receive the award.  All applicants will be informed of their status by July 10.

Excellence in Teaching Act Forgivable Loans

On April 22, 2009, the Excellence in Teaching Act (§§ 79-8,132−79-8,140 R.R.S.) was signed by Governor Heineman revising the existing Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program (for individuals seeking their initial teaching certificate in Nebraska) and authorizing the Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program (for Nebraska teachers enrolled in a graduate program in Nebraska).  Funding is provided by the Excellence in Teaching Cash Fund using a portion of the State Lottery Operation Trust Fund dollars.


Related Information

Additional information about the EETP is available from the documents listed below or by contacting Karen.Buller@nebraska.gov or at 402-471-4837
The information presented in the following documents is valid BEGINNING in the 2018-19 award year.

Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program

The Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program (EETP) provides forgivable loans to Nebraska teachers enrolled in an eligible graduate program at an eligible Nebraska institution.

Check out the 2017 EETP Overview

Eligible students may apply, on an annual basis, for an EETP loan in an amount of up to $175 per credit hour, or a maximum of $3,000, for coursework that has been identified by the institution as part of the student’s graduate program. In return for receiving an EETP loan, the student agrees to complete the graduate program that s/he is currently enrolled in and maintain full-time employment in an accredited or approved public or private school in Nebraska. If the student meets the loan forgiveness obligations, beginning after the first two years of full-time teaching, loans will be forgiven pursuant to the individuals’ signed contract.

Quick Resource List

The links below provide access to reports, contact information or additional web sites.


NDE Links

Educator Preparation Programs in Nebraska Links

Content and Basic Skills Test Score Requirements

Course Codes and Clearing Endorsements Pageformerly Appendix D

Educator Effectiveness

Excellence in Teaching Act
Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program and Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program

NACTE – Nebraska Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Meeting Documents

Nebraska Content Area Standards

Nebraska Council on Teacher Education (NCTE) – Overview Document

Nebraska Master Teacher Program

Nebraska Teacher and Principal Performance Framework

Nebraska Teacher 1st Year Teacher Survey Analysis

ETS Praxis Program Update PowerPoint from 10-2-14 NACTE mtg – Posted 10-31-14

Recommended Forms for IHEs:

Teacher Certification

Teacher Shortage Information

Title II – Higher Education Act Quality of Teacher Preparation Reports


External Links

Directory of Postsecondary Institutions in Nebraska
– Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

Accredited Schools Online – Online Schools & College List

Nebraska Testing Requirements – ETS.org

Teach in Nebraska – Job Board

US Department of Education


Nebraska Educator Preparation Meetings

Doane University and Concordia University Folio Review 2018


NCTE – Rule 24 AD HOC Meetings

Content and Basic Skills Tests

Educator Preparation Testing Requirements

Candidate Support Resources

Praxis® II (Content Tests)

Information For Institutions

State Educator Preparation Program Approval
       (Board Approval, Rule 24 Matrices, State Review Materials, Visitation Schedule)

Clinical Practice Evaluation

Title II Reporting Information

Testing Requirements Testing Schedule, Test Scores, etc.

Rules and Guidelines

Loan Forgiveness Information


Bulletin Board

NE Educator Preparation Meetings List updated 2-11-16

2014 Version Rule 20Implementation Date 8/1/14

2018 Version Rule 24 – Implementation Date 8/1/18 – Coming Soon

2017 Version Rule 24Implementation Date 8/1/17


Other Resources

Rule 24 Endorsement Status Updates

Rule 24 Guidelines (2018) – Coming Soon

Rule 24 Guidelines (2017)

NACTE Meeting Documents

Dyslexia Technical Assistance Document

CAEP – Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation – Website

Course Codes and Clearing Endorsements Page
(formerly Appendix D)

Directory of Postsecondary Institutions in Nebraska – CCPE Website

Nebraska Teacher Shortage Reports

PPST/CORE Comparison Chart

U.S. Department of Education

Rule 24 Endorsement Status

The table below lists the endorsements available for Nebraska certificates. Endorsements move through Ad Hoc Committee for revision, are proposed to NCTE for 1st and 2nd Hearing, and return to NCTE for Final Presentation. Once passed by NCTE the next steps are legal review, State Board of Education (SBOE) approval for public hearing, public hearing, SBOE approval, attorney general and governor signatures.


Table Key

Current Endorsements are found in Rule 24 Regulations for Certificate Endorsements, and Rule 24 Guidelines Recommended for Use with Rule 24.

Current Status:

  • Proposed NCTE – is ready for 1st and 2nd Hearing at the meeting listed and has a link to the redline version.
  • Final NCTE – means that it is ready for Final Presentation at the meeting listed and has a link to the redline version that was presented at the prior meeting.
  • Passed NCTE – passed at NCTE and has a link MoYr to the redline version from the NCTE meeting.
  • To Governor – completed the public hearing and passed by the State Board, waiting on the Governor and Attorney General signatures.  Has a link to the final clean version of the endorsement.

 

Type

Endorsement

Implemention
Year

Current Status

Administrative Endorsements

Field/AdminCurriculum Supervisor

2018

To Governor 020518 – to be eliminated in 2018
Field/AdminPrincipal

2012

 
Field/AdminSpecial Education Supervisor

2015

 
Field/AdminSuperintendent

2013

 

Teaching Endorsements

SupplementalAdapted Physical Education

2012

 
FieldAgricultural Education

2018

To Governor 020518 FINAL-AgEd
SubjectAmerican Sign Language (Subject)

2008

 
SupplementalAmerican Sign Language (Supplemental)

2008

 
SubjectAnthropology

2006

 
FieldArt

2016

 
SupplementalAssessment Leadership

2003

 Passed NCTE Mar 2018 – to be eliminated in 2019
SubjectBasic Business

2018

To Governor 020518 – to be eliminated in 2018
SupplementalBilingual Education

2012

 
SubjectBiology

2013

 
FieldBMIT (Business, Marketing, and Information Technology)

2018

To Governor 020518 FINAL-BMIT
SubjectCareer Education

2012

 
SubjectChemistry

2013

 
SupplementalCoaching

2015

 
SupplementalDriver Education

2007

 
SupplementalEarly Childhood Education

2018

 Updates to Governor
020518 FINAL-ECE
FieldEarly Childhood Inclusive

2018

 Updates to Governor
020518 FINAL-ECI
SubjectEarth and Space Science

2013

 
SubjectEconomics

2006

 
FieldElementary Education

2018

 Updates to Governor
020518 FINAL-ElemEd
SupplementalEnglish as a Second Language

2012

 
FieldEnglish Language Arts

2014

 
FieldFamily and Consumer Sciences Occupational

2018

To Governor 020518 FINAL-FCSO
SubjectGeography

2007

 
SubjectHealth

2012

 
FieldHealth and Physical Education

2012

 
SupplementalHealth Sciences

2018

To Governor 020518 FINAL-HealthSci
FieldHealth Sciences Education

2018

Revised the Supplemental Endorsement – Proposed NCTE 060818 REDLINE
SupplementalHigh Ability Education

2007

 
SubjectHistory

2006

 
SubjectHorticulture

2018

To Governor 020518 – to be eliminated in 2018
FieldIndustrial Technology Education

2018

To be replaced with Skilled Technical Science Education
SupplementalInformation Technology

2018

To Governor 020518 FINAL-InfoTech
SupplementalInstructional Technology Leadership

2012

 
SupplementalJournalism and Media Education

2014

 
FieldMathematics

2013

 
SubjectMiddle Level Education

2016

 
FieldMusic

2016

 
SubjectPhysical Education

2012

 
SubjectPhysics

2013

 
SubjectPolitical Science

2007

 
SubjectPsychology

2007

 
SupplementalReading and Writing

2014

 
SubjectReading Specialist

2014

 
SubjectReligious Education

2017

 
SubjectROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps)

2010

 
Subject/FieldSchool Counselor

2017

FieldSchool Librarian

2012

 
FieldSchool Psychologist

2012

 
FieldScience

2013

 
SubjectSecondary English

2014

 
FieldSkilled Technical Sciences Education
(Formerly Industrial Technology Education)

2018

To Governor 020518 FINAL-STS
SupplementalSkilled Technical Sciences Education – Skilled Specific

2018

To Governor 020518 FINAL-STS-SS
FieldSocial Science

2006

 
SubjectSociology

2007

 
Subject/FieldSpecial Education Generalist

2014

 
SubjectSpecial Ed: Behavior Intervention

2015

 
SubjectSpecial Ed: Deaf/Hard of Hearing

2015

 
SupplementalSpecial Ed: Early Intervention Specialist

2015

 
SubjectSpecial Ed: Early Childhood Special Education

2014

 
SupplementalSpecial Ed: Inclusion and Collaboration

2015

 
SupplementalSecondary Transition Specialist

2015

 
SupplementalSpecial Ed: Functional Academic Skills

2015

 
SubjectSpecial Ed: Visual Impairment

2015

 
SupplementalSpeech

2014

 
FieldSpeech Language Pathologist

2013

 
SupplementalTheatre

2014

 
SubjectVocal Music

2016

 
SupplementalVocational Special Needs

2018

To Governor 020518 – to be eliminated in 2018
SupplementalWork-Based Learning
(formerly COOP-DO)

2017

 
SubjectWorld Language

2010

 
Special Services Endorsements
Special ServAudiologist

2015

 
Special ServSchool Nurse

2015

 
Special ServSpeech-Language Technician

2013

 
Special ServCoaching

2014

 

Rule 24 Endorsement Changes 2018 – Posted 02/16/18

2017 Version of Rule 24

About the Programs

EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAM INFORMATION

There are sixteen (16) approved educator preparation programs in Nebraska. In addition to the requirement that all Nebraska institutions successfully complete the state program approval process, a majority of institutions have also attained national accreditation by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). National accreditation processes are transitioning to the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) by 2016.

All sixteen (16) institutions that prepare teachers in Nebraska are members of the Nebraska Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (NACTE) and are also represented on the Nebraska Council on Teacher Education (NCTE), an advisory body to the State Board of Education. NCTE consists of equal representation from educators, educator preparation administrators, and governance representatives which work in partnership to assure high standards for Nebraska educator preparation and quality education for PreK-12 students statewide.


Programs in Nebraska

Program Chairs

Certification Officials

Annual State Board of Education Program Approval Report

Transition to Teaching Program Information

Nebraska Teacher Shortage Information

Nebraska Testing Requirements

Title II – Higher Education Act, Quality of Educator Preparation Reports

Nebraska 1st Year Teacher Employer Survey – Statewide Analysis

Nebraska 1st Year Teacher Followup Survey – Statewide Analysis

Master Teacher

NEBRASKA MASTER TEACHER PROGRAM

In support of Nebraska teachers who have achieved the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) credential and to those who aspire to become a National Board Certified Teacher, the 2015 Nebraska Legislature authorized funding for the Master Teacher Program.  The program provided for NBPTS registration fee reimbursement and an annual salary bonus for Nebraska teachers holding the NBPTS credential. Funding for the Nebraska Master Teacher Program was eliminated during the 2017 legislative session.   

We extend our best wishes to those who are in progress toward completing the National Board process and who will join 120+ Nebraska teaching colleagues who have attained this high level of excellence.

Although financial support for the Master Teacher was eliminated, Nebraska NBPTS teachers will continue to qualify for the Professional Teaching Certificate. For more information, contact the Nebraska Teacher Certification Office, nde.tcertweb@nebraska.gov .


Questions regarding the Master Teacher Program should be directed to NDE.AdultPrograms@nebraska.gov


National Board Certification Resources – Check the following links for more information about the National Board Certification process

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) website

NBPTS Getting Started website

Guide to National Board Certification

Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program

2017-18 AETP Award Applications are now closed

2018-19 AETP Award Applications will be available at your institution in September 2018

Current recipients will need to re-apply to be considered for 18-19 funds

Excellence in Teaching Act Forgivable Loan Programs

On April 22, 2009, the Excellence in Teaching Act (§§ 79-8,132−79-8,140 R.R.S.) was signed by Governor Heineman revising the existing Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program and authorizing the Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program.  Funding is provided by the Excellence in Teaching Cash Fund using a portion of the State Lottery Operation Trust Fund dollars.

Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program

The Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program (AETP) provides forgivable loans to eligible students who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate teacher education program at an eligible Nebraska institution working towards his/her initial certificate to teach in Nebraska.

Check out the 2017 AETP Overview.

Eligible students may apply, on an annual basis, for an AETP loan in an amount of $3,000 and can apply for, and receive, AETP loans annually for up to five (5) consecutive years. In return for receiving an AETP loan, the student agrees to complete the teacher education program that s/he is currently enrolled in and commits to becoming certified and to teach full-time in an accredited or approved public or private school in Nebraska. If the student meets the loan forgiveness obligations, loans will be forgiven, beginning after the first two years of full-time teaching, in an amount up to $3,000 for each year of teaching or in an amount up to $6,000 for each year of teaching if the student teaches in a school district that has been classified as very sparse or in a school building in which at least 40% of the students qualify for the poverty factor.

Detailed information regarding the AETP is available by clicking on the applicable document listed below.

Questions regarding the AETP may be directed to the financial aid office of the institution in which you are currently enrolled or to Karen Buller, NDE, at 402-471-4837 or karen.buller@nebraska.gov.


Related Information

Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program Application Page – will reopen September 2018

Program information for individuals who applied for the first time on or after April 23, 2009

Nebraska Teacher Shortage Reports

AETP Sample Contract Language

2016 Excellence in Teaching Act Status Report

Rule 25Regulations Governing the Excellence in Teaching Act2016 version

USDE Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directoryfor low income school designation

Very Sparse School Districts in Nebraska