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 15 semester hours of prescribed credit from an approved teacher training institution.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Students entering the 15-hour renewal program must apply as a graduate student. The deadlines for graduate applications are July 1 for Fall; December 1 for Spring; and April 1 for Summer. Students who miss the deadline will follow the procedure for non-degree graduate students. Students admitting for renewal only should admit as an unclassified graduate student.
The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) requires all first time Nebraska applicants to submit passing scores on the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) at the time of application for the 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.