Nebraska Substitute Teaching License


You may apply for a State Substitute Teaching Certificate if you are interested in substitute teaching in Nebraska. This certificate is valid for all Nebraska school systems when filling temporary positions that last 90 days of fewer. Nebraska’s Substitute Teaching Certificate is valid for five years.

Want to learn how to earn a professional teaching certification? Contact schools offering teaching certification programs in Nebraska.

You may also apply for a Local Substitute Teaching Certificate in Nebraska. This certificate allows you to teach for 40 days per school year. You would pursue the Local Substitute Teaching Certificate through the administrative offices of a local school district. The certificate is valid for three years. Some Nebraska school districts will not hire substitutes with a Local Substitute Teaching Certificate. Check with your local school district for its requirements.

Pay rates for substitute teachers vary across the state but average $110/day for local substitutes and $120/day for state substitutes


Education Requirements

State Substitute Teaching Certificate:
Gaining the State Substitute Teaching Certificate requires that you have held a teaching certificate in Nebraska, or a state with equivalent requirements. This would indicate that you have completed a teacher preparation program at the bachelor’s degree level at minimum, as well as the necessary human relations and special education courses.

Local Substitute Teaching Certificate:
Gaining the Local Substitute Teaching Certificate requires that you have completed at least 60 hours of college credit in an educator preparation program, and the human relations course requirement.

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State Substitute Teaching Certificate:
  • No experience is required as stated, but it is implied as you must already hold a teaching certificate
Local Substitute Teaching Certificate:
  • No experience is necessary

Criminal History Background Check

If you have not lived in Nebraska for the past five years, when applying to work under a Substitute Teaching Certificate you must submit two fingerprint cards provided to you by the Nebraska Department of Education along with your application.

If you have lived in Nebraska continuously for the past five years, you are exempt from the fingerprinting requirement.


Contact Information

Contact your local public school district for more information about substitute teaching.

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