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Guide to becoming certified to teach in Nebraska.

Nebraska Initial Educator Certification

  1. You must have acquired a college Degree
  2.  In order to receive a Nebraska Teacher Certification, you must have some experience in teaching, even if it’s unpaid.
  3. Complete the Human Relations Training Requirements
  4. Complete the Special Education Training Requirements
  5. Pass the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)
  6. Complete the Fingerprint and Background check
  7. College credit or employee experience within the last 5 years
  8. Submit the following:
    • Apply Online
    • Test scores
    • Fee for fingerprint/application processing
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Mail to:
      Teacher Certification
      Nebraska Department of Education
      P.O. Box 94987
      Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
      (402) 471-0739
  9. Do you want to renew your Nebraska Teacher Certification?

Nebraska Alternative Teacher Certification

Alternatively, there is another path you can take to get your teaching in Nebraska without completing the teacher education program.

  1. Obviously you must still earn your bachelors degree from a credited university. Ideally, you should always continue your education in efforts to earn a Master’s degree.
  2. Be at least 50% finished with your teacher education program
  3. Have experience with working within one of the Nebraska School Districts
  4. Complete an Institutional Verification Form
  5. Speak to a representative (402) 471-0793
  6. Mail to:
    Teacher Certification
    Nebraska Department of Education
    P.O. Box 94987
    Lincoln, Nebraska 68509

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MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Ranked 21st among the Best Education Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Established in 1918 with the mission, “to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally, and globally.”
  • The first major research university to offer an online M.A.  in teaching program.
  • Offers certificate through doctoral programs in teaching, counseling, and more.
  • All programs taught with the guiding principles of leadership, learning, accountability, and diversity.
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Doctor of Management – Higher Education Teaching and Learning
  • Its Fast Track program enables qualified students to save up to 30% on tuition and graduate up to 30% faster.
  • Its online MBA program was named by the International Graduate Forum as a top 10 Online MBA Program in 2012.
  • Listed as a military friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine in 2014.
  • Lets students watch, view, read, or hear content through its program, My Unique Student Experience (M.U.S.E.).
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Master of Science: Education
  •  Ranked one of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  •  Offers a no-obligation, 3-week trial period where students may determine if the university is right for them before they commit to it.
  •  Strives to be a student’s partner in lifelong learning; committed to helping them achieve their goals.
  •  Serves students of all ages, from first-graders learning to read to professionals seeking postgraduate training.
  •  Provides career-oriented diploma through master’s programs in fields such as healthcare, business, legal and paralegal services, information technology, criminal justice and design.
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Early Childhood Education (Certificate Only) - Online
  • Each year since 2004, The Princeton Review has included California University in its Best in the Northeast listing, recognizing Cal U as one of the best regional universities in the northeastern United States.
  • Ranked #35 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Offers private school amenities at a public school cost.
  • Grants students in its Global Online program the same diploma as graduates from Cal U’s traditional degree programs.
  • Has an student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1.
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