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 Certificate. 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 certificate, 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 certificate 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 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

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

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

Karen Buller
Phone:  402-471-4837

  • 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

  • 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

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 2018-19 award year
(for classes BEGINNING July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019)
will be available on this website beginning April 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Process for the EETP Awards

  • EETP Application Information webpage is available now.
  • Application opens April 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
  • 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).

Related Information

Additional information about the EETP is available from the documents listed below or by contacting 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 –

Teach in Nebraska – Job Board

US Department of Education

Nebraska Educator Preparation Meetings

UNL Folio Review Information

Creighton University and Hastings College Folio Review Information

NCTE – Rule 24 AD HOC Meetings

Content and Basic Skills Tests

Educator Preparation Testing Requirements

Testing Information

ETS – Praxis® Nebraska Testing Requirements

ETS – The Praxis® Series Website for Institutions

ETS – The Praxis® Series Website for Nebraska Test Takers

Rule 23 Regulations for the Basic Skills Competency Testing

Praxis® Test Administration Schedule – As of Sep 1, 2017

Praxis® II Nebraska Content Testing Scores Chart

Praxis® II Content Testing FAQ

Basic Skills/Praxis® I CORE Academic Skills Testing FAQ

Candidate Support Resources

Praxis® II (Content Tests)

Praxis® I CORE Academic Tests (Basic Skills Testing)

General Resources

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