Educator Certification Options
Rule 21, which governs the issuance of Nebraska Certificates requires anyone whose certificate is five years beyond the expiration date to complete semester hours of prescribed credit from an approved teacher training institution.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Candidates entering the 15-hour renewal program must apply as an unclassified graduate student. The deadlines for graduate applications are August 1 for Fall; December 1 for Spring; and June 1 for Summer. Candidates admitting for renewal only should also admit as an unclassified graduate student.
The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) requires all first-time Nebraska applicants to submit passing scores on the Praxis I - CORE Academic Skills for Educators at the time of application for certificate. Applicants who have once held a regular Nebraska certificate, are not required to provide test scores. Individuals with a teaching certificate in another state should contact the Nebraska Department of Education regarding the testing requirement for individual situations.
The Praxis II - Content Test may also be required (especially the EECIA for Elementary candidates). Please contact the Nebraska Department of Education regarding the testing requirement for individual situations.