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To become a certified teacher in Nebraska, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.
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Nebraska Teacher Prerequisite Coursework
Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. CertificationMap.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015
All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Nebraska, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.
Did you know that 33 states require teachers to have a master’s degree to stay certified in teaching?
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
Click to learn more about getting your MAT online with our partner USC Rossier School of Education.
Nebraska Teacher Preparation
Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Click here for information about alternative certification in Nebraska.
Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.
While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Nebraska, visit our Nebraska Teacher Scholarships page.
Nebraska Required Tests
To become a certified teacher in the state of Nebraska, candidates must complete three statutory assessment requirements. These requirements are in addition to any supplemental tests required for specific types of Nebraska teacher licensure and/or subject areas.
Basic Skills Assessment
All teaching candidates are required to complete and pass the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) to be admitted into a Nebraska-approved education preparation program.
Praxis I: Writing
Praxis I: Mathematics
Content Area Assessment
Beginning this school year (2013-2014), all teaching candidates must take the appropriate Praxis II Content Test(s) delegated to their area of certification.
|Early Childhood Education Unified||Education of Young Children|
|Elementary Education||Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment|
|Elementary Art||Art: Content Knowledge|
Earth & Space Science
Biology: Content Knowledge
Chemistry: Content Knowledge
Earth & Space Sciences: Content Knowledge
English Language Arts: Content & Analysis
World & U.S. History: Content Knowledge
English Language Arts: Content & Analysis
Mathematics: Content Knowledge
Physics: Content Knowledge
General Science: Content Knowledge
Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Early Childhood Special Education
|Special Ed.: Education of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students
Special Ed.: Preschool/Early Childhood
Special Ed.: Core Knowledge & Applications
Special Ed.: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
Nebraska Certification Reciprocity
Nebraska will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, and New Jersey. Contact the Nebraska Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see ourinterstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.
Nebraska Teacher Salary
- Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Nebraska provides loan forgiveness support for teachers teaching in high needs schools and teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
- Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Nebraska has no induction policies in place
- Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $50,150
- Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $48,080
- Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Nebraska makes 115% of the salary of the average worker in Nebraska
- Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15
Applying for Certification
The Nebraska Teacher Certification Interactive Website provides assistance to teaching candidates, determining the most appropriate certification requirements and process based on their educational and professional background.
Nebraska teaching candidates must submit to a fingerprint clearance and state/federal background check before becoming a certified teacher. Visit Nebraska’s Teacher Certification Office for a list of supplemental forms and an online application.
Nebraska Substitute Teacher Requirements
Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Nebraska
Nebraska Department of Education
Office of Teacher Certification
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
402-471-0739 – Contact
- Nebraska Department of Education
- Nebraska Teacher Tenure
- Troops to Teachers Nebraska: In Nebraska, Troops to Teachers is managed by the Missouri Region Office
- Teachers Test Prep: Free online Praxis Study Guides and Praxis Practice Tests, and a variety of preparation options to meet your individual needs, including prep classes, private tutoring, and online prep.