NE Career Readiness Standards
What do you need to know?
Nebraska Career Readiness Standards are employability skills identified by Nebraska businesses and industry as the most essential skills sought after by employers in our state and nationwide. Career development is intentional about teaching these skills through opportunities offered throughout PreK-12 classes with increasing complexity and relevance, as students progress in career maturity.
This set of skills support individuals for transitions in life. They are transferable to any career and many other environments outside of the workplace. Every Nebraska student, regardless of background, interests or intent after graduation, need these skills.
Nebraska Career Readiness Standards apply to all education settings. Educators at all levels should seek to develop these skills and dispositions in their students. The Nebraska Department of Education is aligning career readiness standards with all core academics such as math, language arts, social studies and science.
Applies appropriate academic and technical skills
Communicates effectively and appropriately
Contributes to employer and community success
Makes sense of problems and perseveres in solving them
Uses critical thinking
Demonstrates innovation and creativity
Models ethical leadership and effective management
Works productively in teams and demonstrates cultural competency
Manages personal career development
Attends to personal and financial well-being
Why Nebraska Career Readiness Standards?
Career readiness skills are about the basics: a solid academic foundation and strong personal ethics; speaking and writing effectively; analyzing situations and solving problems; understanding fundamental concepts in math and science and fulfilling responsibilities and professionalism.
Career readiness is about relationships: collaborating with co-workers; respecting the opinions, privacy and cultures of others; working independently as well as on a team; accepting responsibility and understanding consequences of decisions; making healthy choices and understanding how work and employment impact the community, state, nation and the world.
Career readiness is about generating a powerful, homegrown workforce across Nebraska: creating a steady supply of responsible leaders and skilled employees in a wide range of industries; inspiring young entrepreneurs and young professionals to start businesses in their hometowns.
Career readiness is about knowing what is needed to be successful; understanding available technology plus knowing how and when to use it appropriately; using skills to address new challenges and new opportunities; and navigating the known and unknown while having enthusiasm for life-long learning.
Career readiness is not always about working for someone else. Creating opportunities to be self-employed requires career readiness skills plus specific knowledge, drive and confidence in starting a business.
Career readiness skills are transferable!
Career readiness skills are positive assets to have in a variety of places:
- At home for positive family dynamics
- At school for a positive learning environment
- At workplaces for career success
Learning Progressions and Indicators for NE Career Readiness Standards
ENGAGE! is a middle school career development curriculum designed for students to learn to use career assessments, explore careers with the Nebraska Career Education Model, develop Nebraska Career Readiness Standards and create a PLP-Personal Learning Plan. Learn more at: https://www.education.ne.gov/schoolcounseling/Engage/
Habitudes for NE Career Readiness Skills are a set of innovative lessons for high school students to develop career readiness. Learn more at: https://www.education.ne.gov/nce/habitudes-for-career-ready-students/
Engage! Career Exploration and Readiness
This is a project based course designed to help middle school students explore career options using the Nebraska Career Education Model and understand the Nebraska Career Readiness Standards. The course is organized by three themes – Making it My Choice, A World of Options and Charting a Direction – with culminating individual and group projects. Students will define career clusters and pathways, describe examples of career readiness, utilize self-assessments to better understand interests, establish a career portfolio and create a personal learning plan to provide direction to high school and post-high school activities. This course is aligned to American School Counselor Association Standards for Students and integrates EducationQuest tools and resources for middle school students.
Recommended Level: Grades 7-8
Course Code: 320300
If you are interested in Engage, contact Donna Hoffman
Nebraska Department of Education Links
American School Counselor Association
NCAA Eligibility and Recruiting
Nebraska Career Connections
Nebraska Association of School Boards
Nebraska School Activities Association
Nebraska Council of School Administrators
States’ Career Clusters
US Department of Health & Human Services
US Department of Education
Personal Learning Plan
Parent information about Career Development
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2010 Nebraska School Counseling State Evaluation
School Counseling Does Make a Difference!
A statewide evaluation of Nebraska School Counseling programs was recently conducted by the Center for School Counseling Outcome Research University of Massachusetts Amherst to answer the following questions:
Do school counseling programs in Nebraska high schools contribute significantly to students’ educational outcomes?
What aspects of school practice contribute the most to students’ educational outcomes?
Based upon these results, how might school counseling practice in Nebraska be improved?
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School Counseling Advocacy Publications for Parents and All Stakeholders
School Counseling Data Publications for Counselors, Administrators and School Boards
School Counseling Advocacy for Legislators
2002 Nebraska School Counselor Survey
A survey was completed by 400+ Nebraska School Counselors in May of 2002. The data is available by ESU, Statewide and Statewide minus Lincoln and Omaha. Select the ESU data that you wish to view by clicking on the map below.
Professional Development Workshops and Conferences
Nebraska Career Education Conference
Mark your calendar for the 2017 NCE Conference! June 4-8, 2018
ASCA Annual Conference 2018
July 14 – 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA
NSCA School Counseling Academy
2018 NSCA-Academy November 9-10 in Lincoln, NE
NDE School Counseling Policy | Adopted by State Board of Education 10/2015
NDE School Counseling Endorsement – NEW – Effective 8/1/2017
Nebraska Accredited Schools
Pertaining to Guidance Programs (Rule 10)
007.05 Guidance Staff. Quality Indicator: A comprehensive, developmental K-12 guidance and counseling program assists all students in learning skills needed for academic success and for personal/social and career development. The guidance program includes planned classroom and group activities, counseling services responsive to individuals and small groups, and assistance to students in academic planning and placement. The school and community work cooperatively to provide appropriate support for students, families, and teachers.
Guidance and counseling programs are directed by professional staff with appropriate endorsements in guidance and counseling. Professional staff are assigned based upon local needs determined through a formal process documenting the needs.
007.05A Each K-12 and each secondary school system assigns at least a one-half time equivalency person to conduct a guidance and counseling program. The level of assignment is determined by the local school system and the person assigned holds a guidance and counseling endorsement appropriate for the level(s) assigned. When enrollment in a school system exceeds 400, the system assigns at least one full-time equivalency appropriately endorsed person.
007.05B School systems having a total of 300 or more students in the middle grades, secondary grades, or high school grades assign at least a one-half time appropriately endorsed person to provide guidance and counseling for the level. When the total enrollment in any of those levels reaches 450, one full-time equivalent appropriately endorsed person is assigned. Thereafter, an additional one-half time appropriately endorsed person is assigned for each 225 students at any of those levels.
007.05C School districts having 300 or more students in the elementary grades have guidance programs or services available for the elementary students. The procedures and time allotment are determined by the local school district.
007.05D Until September 1, 2006, a person holding a Nebraska Teaching Certificate with no endorsement appropriate for guidance and counseling may be assigned to fulfill the requirements of Sections 007.05A and 007.05B if such person acquires at least six credit hours each year toward an endorsement appropriate for guidance and counseling pursuant to 92 NAC 24. Persons employed by a Nebraska school to provide guidance and counseling services prior to July 1, 1989 and hold a Nebraska Special Services Certificate with an endorsement appropriate for guidance and counseling services may fulfill the requirements of this regulation.
007.05E In nonpublic schools, clergy holding a Nebraska teaching or administrative certificate may be assigned to fulfill the requirement of Sections 007.05A and 007.05B.
Nebraska Certification of Guidance Counselors (Rule 24)
School Guidance Counselor
Grade levels: K-6, 4-9, 7-12
Endorsement Type: Field
Persons with this endorsement may serve as school guidance counselors in kindergarten through grade 6, grades 4 through 9, or grades 7 through 12.
Certification Endorsement Requirements: The endorsement shall require the applicant to have had at least two years of teaching experience, 36 graduate semester hours and a master’s Degree in School Counseling, including;
•At least one hundred clock hours of clinical experience prior to internship; and
•At least four hundred fifty (450) clock hours of internship
Contact Nebraska School Counseling!
School Counseling Specialist
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509