Nebraska Alternative Certification Programs

If you’re looking to become a teacher in Nebraska but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, there are several programs available in the state to allow you to earn teaching certification. Here is a look at what the programs are all about and what you need to know to apply.

Program Name: Provisional Commitment Teaching Certificate

Program Mission and Overview

  • The Provisional Commitment Teaching Certificate allows prospective teachers to be employed in a Nebraska school.
  • Candidates must have completed a portion of an educator preparation program prior to obtaining this certification, which is renewable after one year.

Eligibility and How to Apply

To be eligible for this program, candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have completed at least 50 percent of pre-student teaching requirements and a teaching methods course.
  • Have completed at least 75 percent of subject endorsement requirements.

Candidates can find out more about how to apply for this certification on the Nebraska Department of Education website.

Financial Information

The cost of this program varies depending on the number of credits required and the cost of attendance at the institution the prospective teacher chooses.

Program Name: Nebraska Provisional Trades Teaching Certificate

Program Mission and Overview

The Provisional Trades Teaching Certificate allows individuals who have vocational training to obtain certification to teach in the area they studied. This certification is issued only to schools that request it. Candidates must seek employment to enroll in this program.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Qualified candidates must show relevant experience by:

  • Completing a prescribed course of study at an approved institution.
  • Completing an approved apprentice program.
  • Passing a proficiency exam.
  • Demonstrating proficiency through at least five years of work experience in the field.
  • Obtaining employment at a community college as a teacher.

Candidates must also:

  • Complete a qualifying human relations training course.
  • Complete a three-hour overview course in special education.
  • Obtain employment in a school district.
  • Apply to the program through their hiring school district. If coursework is required, candidates must apply at approved institutions.

Financial Information

Costs of the program vary depending on the institution the prospective teacher chooses.

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