Nebraska Teacher Certification Renewal


Learn how to renew a Professional Educator Certification or reinstate a Professional Educator Certification in Nebraska


Teaching Certification Renewal

Your Initial Teaching Certificate in Nebraska is valid for five years, after which time it must be renewed online. You must submit proof of completing either six semester hours of college credit at an approved Nebraska institution, or uninterrupted teaching experience with a Nebraska school within the past five years. Submit either the Verification of Experience form or the Institutional Recommendation Form based upon which of these requirements you meet. You may then advance to the Standard Teaching Certificate, which is also valid for five years.

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Reinstatement of Certification

If your teaching certificate has expired more than five years ago, you must have completed 15 specific courses/semester-hour credits within the past five years, at an approved teacher preparation program in Nebraska. Among the courses you must take are the following:
  • Instructional techniques
  • Practicum of 100 clock hours with students in a classroom (half of this time must be spent instructing students under the supervision of a classroom teacher)
  • Courses addressing current issues in education, such as:
    • Gifted education
    • Special education
    • School law
    • Reading/writing in your content area
  • The rest of the courses must be directly related to the endorsement/content area on your expired teaching certificate

You may apply online once you have met these requirements.