Teacher Shortage Survey Archive


Full Reports – Data Reported for:

Summary Reports – Data Reported for:

Comparison Reports

Guidance Document Index

Educator Preparation

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


Rules and Guidelines List


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 2019-20 award year (for classes BEGINNING July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) will be available here on April 1, 2019. 

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)

Praxis® I CORE Academic Tests (Basic Skills Testing)

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.





Current Status

Administrative Endorsements

Field/Admin Curriculum Supervisor


To Governor 020518 – to be eliminated in 2018
Field/Admin Principal


Field/Admin Special Education Supervisor


Field/Admin Superintendent



Teaching Endorsements

Supplemental Adapted Physical Education


Field Agricultural Education


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


Supplemental American Sign Language (Supplemental)


Subject Anthropology


Field Art


Supplemental Assessment Leadership


 Passed NCTE Mar 2018 – to be eliminated in 2019
Subject Basic Business


To Governor 020518 – to be eliminated in 2018
Supplemental Bilingual Education


Subject Biology


Field BMIT (Business, Marketing, and Information Technology)


To Governor 020518 FINAL-BMIT
Subject Career Education


Subject Chemistry


Supplemental Coaching


Supplemental Driver Education


Supplemental Early Childhood Education


 Updates to Governor
020518 FINAL-ECE
Field Early Childhood Inclusive


 Updates to Governor
020518 FINAL-ECI
Subject Earth and Space Science


Subject Economics


Field Elementary Education


 Updates to Governor
020518 FINAL-ElemEd
Supplemental English as a Second Language


Field English Language Arts


Field Family and Consumer Sciences Occupational


To Governor 020518 FINAL-FCSO
Subject Geography


Subject Health


Field Health and Physical Education


Supplemental Health Sciences


To Governor 020518 FINAL-HealthSci
Field Health Sciences Education


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


Subject History


Subject Horticulture


To Governor 020518 – to be eliminated in 2018
Field Industrial Technology Education


To be replaced with Skilled Technical Science Education
Supplemental Information Technology


To Governor 020518 FINAL-InfoTech
Supplemental Instructional Technology Leadership


Supplemental Journalism and Media Education


Field Mathematics


Subject Middle Level Education


Field Music


Subject Physical Education


Subject Physics


Subject Political Science


Subject Psychology


Supplemental Reading and Writing


Subject Reading Specialist


Subject Religious Education


Subject ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps)


Subject/Field School Counselor


Field School Librarian


Field School Psychologist


Field Science


Subject Secondary English


Field Skilled Technical Sciences Education
(Formerly Industrial Technology Education)


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


To Governor 020518 FINAL-STS-SS
Field Social Science


Subject Sociology


Subject/Field Special Education Generalist


Subject Special Ed: Behavior Intervention


Subject Special Ed: Deaf/Hard of Hearing


Supplemental Special Ed: Early Intervention Specialist


Subject Special Ed: Early Childhood Special Education


Supplemental Special Ed: Inclusion and Collaboration


Supplemental Secondary Transition Specialist


Supplemental Special Ed: Functional Academic Skills


Subject Special Ed: Visual Impairment


Supplemental Speech


Field Speech Language Pathologist


Supplemental Theatre


Subject Vocal Music


Supplemental Vocational Special Needs


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


Subject World Language


Special Services Endorsements
Special Serv Audiologist


Special Serv School Nurse


Special Serv Speech-Language Technician


Special Serv Coaching



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

2017 Version of Rule 24