Nebraska Administration/Principal Certification


When you meet the qualifications detailed below, you may apply for a Regular Administrative Certificate, valid for five years. This certificate is valid for both principal and superintendent positions.


Education Requirements


Learn more about the graduate school process. Contact schools offering educational administration degree programs in Nebraska.



You must have passed the Praxis I Basic Skills exam prior to applying for an administrative certificate for either principal or superintendent positions.


Experience Requirements

  • Must have a valid Nebraska teaching certificate and two years of teaching experience
  • Must complete an internship of 250 clock hours in an administrative capacity in elementary, middle, or secondary schools
  • Must have a valid Nebraska teaching or administrative certificate and two years of teaching experience
  • Must complete a one-semester practicum in an administrative capacity in an approved school system.
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Document and Application Requirements

Along with your online application for an administrative certificate, please submit:

Send the above documents, plus the applicable application fee (or pay online via credit card), to: Teacher Certification, Nebraska Department of Education, P.O. Box 94987, Lincoln, NE 68509-4987


Criminal History Background Check

Since eligibility for the administrative certificate means you already hold a Nebraska teaching certificate, which required you to clear a state and federal background check, you do not need to submit to another criminal history background check when pursuing a Regular Administrative Certificate.


Contact Information

For information on colleges and universities in Nebraska offering administrative preparation programs, contact their certification officers.

For information on administrative certification in Nebraska, call the certification division of the Nebraska Department of Education at 402-471-2295.