Become a Teacher in Nebraska


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            Earn Your Nebraska Teaching Credential

            Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015

            To earn your Nebraska teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. Nebraska issues an Initial Certificate, valid for five years, to new graduates of teacher preparation programs; a Standard Certificate, also valid for five years, which can be attained once a teacher has completed two consecutive years of full- or half-time teaching; and a Professional Certificate, valid for ten years, for teachers who have completed a Masters degree. Learn more here about earning your Nebraska teaching credential. Learn more about getting your teaching credential. Return to the top

            Prerequisite Coursework in Nebraska

            All states require at least a Bachelor’s degree to teach.  Nebraska also requires that you meet the qualifications for at least one endorsement to teach a particular subject and/or at a particular grade level. Each endorsement has specific coursework requirements. Nebraska also requires you to complete training in human relations. Endorsement requirements: Elementary Education: A minimum of 40 semester hours of professional education coursework, including courses in child development, elementary curriculum, instructional strategies, classroom management, cross-cultural communication skills, education history, and the social and cultural factors that impact education.  Thirty (30) semester hours of academic coursework distributed across the four curriculum areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies/history, including at least six (6) hours in each of the four areas. Courses in fine arts and humanities, and health and wellness. Middle Grades Education (Grades 4-9): A total of 66 semester hours, including 30 semester hours of professional education courses related to middle level education and a minimum of 36 semester hours in two or more Content Areas of Specialization with a minimum of 18 semester hours in each area. Also requires coursework in all academic areas of the middle grades curriculum, including communication, health, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences and fine arts. In addition, a supervised teaching experience is required. Music (Grades K-12): A minimum of 54 semester hours in theory and composition, music history and literature, conducting, choral and instrumental performing, techniques; must include proficiency on at least one applied music area. Secondary English (Grades 7-12):  A minimum of 30 semester hours in writing, language, and literature coursework. Secondary Language Arts (Grades 7-12): A minimum of 65 semester hours in journalism and mass communications, language, literature, reading, speech, theatre, and writing. Secondary History (Grades 7-12): A minimum of 36 semester hours including 30 semester hours in history and a minimum of 6 semester hours in one or more of the other social sciences areas (Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, and/or either Anthropology or Sociology). Secondary Mathematics (Grades 7-12):  A minimum of 30 semester hours of mathematics. Secondary Natural Science (Grades 7-12):  a minimum of 48 semester hours of laboratory based courses in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics), of which 24 semester hours must be in one of the four areas and 24 semester hours distributed among the other three areas. A laboratory-based course must be included. Nebraska requires a supervised classroom experience for Middle Grades endorsement. Return to the top

            Required Tests for Nebraska

            Most states require tests to show competency in Basic Skills as well as in the desired Subject Area. Nebraska uses the PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) for Basic Skills and the Elementary Education Curriculum Instruction and Assessment (EECIA) testfor teachers wishing to teach grades K-8. The Praxis II Content Area exam for your field or subject is also required. You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep. Read more about teacher certification tests. Return to the top

            Nebraska Teacher Certification Programs

            Teacher Certification Programs can be taken online or on-site. They typically include an educational theory and classroom skills seminar and a fieldwork component of student teaching in the area. A list of accredited teacher preparation programs in Nebraska can be found here, and information about which accredited programs can be completed at least partly on-line is here. Return to the top

            Alternate Teacher Certification in Nebraska

            Nebraska has a number of temporary and provisional teaching certificate options.   One such option is the Transition to Teaching Program, available to mid-career professionals and non-education graduates through the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree which meets at least 75% of the requirements for certification in a field or subject area, and a particular school district must be prepared to employ and mentor you. Candidates who want to teach while completing the teacher education coursework can do so under a Nebraska Transitional Teaching Certificate. Additional alternative certification routes may be available. Missouri Troops to Teachers program (includes Nebraska) Return to the top

            Certification Reciprocity in Nebraska

            Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another state. To find out which other state teaching licenses can be used in Nebraska, visit the reciprocity page . Or, for more specific questions about your situation, contact the Nebraska Department of Education. Return to the top

            Benefits of a Master's in Education in Nebraska

            It is no longer enough to just have years of experience for teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A Master’s in Teaching will give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor. After a Master’s program, you will be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay. In Omaha, teachers holding a Master’s degree can often earn more than $5,000 more than those without one.  In the Lincoln Public Schools, teachers holding a Master’s degree can earn roughly $2,000 to $4,000 more than those with only a Bachelor’s degree, depending on years of experience. Learn more about the Benefits of a Master's in Education. Return to the top

            Master's in Education Financial Aid

            Nebraska residents are eligible for the Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship as well as the TEACH Grant, a grant which gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school. Learn more about how to finance your Master's degree. Return to the top

            Nebraska Teacher Salary and Incentives

            The average teacher in Nebraska makes $49,115 per year, which is 115% of the state average income. Nebraska also provides loan forgiveness to teachers in high needs schools and shortage subject areas. More detailed data can be found through the Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA). Learn more about teacher salaries. Return to the top

            Nebraska Teacher Benefits and Retirement

            Nebraska public school teachers are covered by the Nebraska School Pension Plan administered by the Nebraska Public Employees’ Retirement System. Under the plan, teachers are eligible for full retirement benefits at age 65, or at age 60 with at least 5 years of service for reduced benefits. Retirement funds are determined by the average of a teacher’s 3 highest 12-month periods of compensation and by years of service. Learn more about benefits for teachers. Return to the top

            Professional Development for Teachers in Nebraska

            The Nebraska Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) helps coordinate pre-service and inservice training for teachers in Nebraska. Specific activities and programs are offered to school teams and generally consist of 1-2 day workshops, mentoring programs for new teachers, and summer training. An online mentoring program for new special education teachers is currently under development. Nebraska requires teachers to complete at least six (6) semester hours of coursework from a teacher education program every five years. Return to the top

            Nebraska Teaching Jobs

            The Nebraska Department of Education maintains, a free online service which provides individuals in search of teaching jobs in Nebraska with the ability to search an online, up-to-date job bank, as well as information on job fairs, and on living in Nebraska. Learn more about finding a teaching job. Return to the top

            Nebraska Teacher Certification Information & Links

            Nebraska Department of Education Nebraska Department of Education – Educator Certification page Nebraska Public Employees’ Retirement System