Learn how to become a teacher in Nebraska (or administrator). Choose the description of certification you are most interested in or situation that best describes you:
|Avg. Elem. Teacher Salary||$50,150|
|Avg. Sec. Teacher Salary||$48,080|
|Teacher Retention (?)||95%|
|Average Admin. Salary||$82,540|
Investing in our future is vitally important and strangely difficult. In order to fight oppression from the greedy and power-hungry elite, to better our ways of life with advancing technology, and to increase our country's overall views toward the concept of acceptance, we need education to be a priority. Learn how you can be a spoke in this terribly important wheel. See how Nebraska measures up to the rest of the country by viewing the percentage of state revenue going toward education in each state. (see State Education Spending vs. Overall State Revenue).
Of about 400 rural one-room school houses left in the United States, 75 are in Nebraska, the second highest number in the country. These small schools serve the very limited number of students in rural areas of the state and are known for providing an education that rivals, and in some cases even exceeds that of Nebraska’s 1300 conventional multi-room schools. With a student-teacher ratio of 18 to one or better, students in these small schools enjoy a unique level of individual attention from teachers. These small schools also allow students to learn more independently, and at their own pace. Find schools offering teaching certification programs in Nebraska.
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If you’re interested in becoming a certified teacher in the state of Nebraska, the Nebraska Department of Education (402-471-2295) will expect that you have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a state-approved teacher preparation program. In addition, you must complete approved courses in Human Relations Training and Special Education Training.
A certificate may be issued based on equivalency if you graduated from an out-of-state program that is deemed equivalent to a Nebraska-approved teacher education program. However, you must fulfill all additional educational requirements not included in that program as applicable.
If you completed your teacher preparation program in another country, your academic credentials must be evaluated to make sure that they are equivalent to Nebraska’s requirements. Call the Certification Department at the number listed above for more information on this process.Certificate endorsements in the subject areas you are qualified to teach require that you complete a certain number of courses in the respective subject areas. A list of those requirements may be found here. Areas of teaching certification endorsements in Nebraska include:
Certification OptionsAs a conventional graduate of a teacher preparation program you will be issued Initial Teacher Certification. Other certification options are available through the Nebraska Department of Education based on different circumstances:
For an overview of Nebraska examination requirements for prospective teaches, visit the Praxis website.Basic skills testing:
All candidates for teacher certification in Nebraska must pass the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. This test is usually required prior to admission into a Nebraska teacher preparation program. You must attain scores of at least 170 in Reading, 172 in Writing and 171 in Mathematics.Content area assessment testing:
Nebraska does not require content area tests for subject area certificate endorsements, with the exception of one area. Those who wish to be certified to teach Elementary Education and Special Education (K-8) must pass the Praxis II Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment examination. Additionally, those seeking endorsement(s) in World Languages may take the official American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) to waive some of their educational requirements.
Because Nebraska does not require mandatory examinations for teacher certification, experience becomes even more important to the prospective teacher. During your Nebraska teacher preparation program, you will be exposed to two different kinds of experiences: practicum and field/student teaching. The practicum, which may start during the second or third year of your program, involves watching teachers at work in the classroom, learning from them, and at times teaching a lesson or two yourself.
The student teaching part of your college program is much more intensive, and will usually last 12 weeks or more. You will be placed in a classroom equivalent to the grade level and subject area in which you intend to teach. You will have the opportunity to lead the class for extended lengths of time. A mentor teacher (usually the regular classroom teacher) as well as a representative from your college program will observe and grade your progress.
Mail the above documents, plus the applicable application fee (or pay online via credit card), to:
If you have never held a Nebraska teaching certificate, you must submit a record of your residences during the past five years via the Record of Residence form. If you have been a continuous resident of Nebraska for five or more years from your date of application, you are exempt from the criminal record history check. You will qualify as a resident by having an established home in Nebraska, so if you attended college outside of Nebraska during the past five years but maintained a home in the state, you are still considered a resident.
If you do not meet these requirements, you must submit two complete, sets of fingerprints on two fingerprint cards provided to you by the Nebraska Department of Education. A national and state criminal history background check will be run using these fingerprints. You will not receive a teaching certificate until the checks come back cleared.
Contact the certification officers at approved Nebraska teacher preparation programs for more information on teacher education in Nebraska.
For further information on the teacher certification process, contact the Teacher Certification department of the Nebraska Department of Education at 402-471-2295.
**Teacher Retention Sources - U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education, Statistics Schools and Staffing Survey, 1999–2000 (“Public School Teacher Questionnaire,” “Private School Teacher Questionnaire,” and “Public Charter School Teacher Questionnaire”), and 2000–01 Teacher Follow-up Survey (“Questionnaire for Current Teachers” and “Questionnaire for Former Teachers,” Table 1.01). Washington, DC.
State estimations based on analysis by Richard Ingersoll, Professor of Education and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, from the National Center for Education Statistics Student and Staffing Survey, and therefore include a slight margin of error.
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