The NebraskaTeaching and Certification Resource
How to Become a Teacher in Nebraska
As is the case with other states, Nebraska has its own procedure for teaching candidates who wish to earn a Nebraska teacher certification. Candidates must complete educational and testing requirements to be considered for certification. In addition, individuals seeking an initial Nebraska certificate who have not been residents for the previous five years must submit fingerprints with their applications. Only after all requirements are met will the Nebraska Department of Education issue a teaching certificate.
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- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
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Nebraska Teacher Education Requirements
The first step toward Nebraska teaching certification is completing educational requirements. A four-year bachelor’s degree in education from an accredited school is necessary. There are no specific course hour requirements, but candidates must complete student teaching, observations, and internships. In addition, Nebraska statute requires human relations training as part of teacher preparation. Special education training is also needed and may be in the form of coursework or work experience.
The Occupational Supply and Demand System projects 1,666 annual job openings in education and library related fields in Nebraska through 2018. In 2008 and 2007 respectively, the National Center for Education Statistics reported 20,258 public school and 2,820 private school teachers employed throughout the state. The National Education Association estimates the average beginning teacher’s salary at $27,030 and the average overall teaching salary at $47,368, the 35th highest average among states. The NEA lists teaching shortages in middle and high school special education, math and science, especially in rural areas. For specific information regarding certification and specialization programs, please contact local teaching and education schools. The Nebraska State Education Association is another great source for current news and information for educators in Nebraska.
Nebraska Teacher Testing Requirements
Besides completing an educator preparation program, individuals seeking Nebraska teaching certification must also pass two assessments. The first is the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills test, which assesses basic skills of first-time teachers in Nebraska. Those who have taught for at least three years at an approved or accredited school in another state and hold a valid certificate in that state after completing a teacher preparation program are exempt from the Praxis I requirement.
The second testing requirement in Nebraska is the Praxis II content test. A teacher candidate must pass the Praxis II in his or her specialty area before being granted a Nebraska teaching license.
Nebraska Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Elementary School Teachers||9,610||$47,700|
|Middle School Teachers||3,170||$49,540|
|Secondary School Teachers||6,860||$48,540|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.
Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Teacher in Nebraska
Question: What are the requirements to become a high school teacher in Nebraska?
Answer: The requirements for becoming a high school teacher in Nebraska include getting an initial certificate through the state department of education. To qualify, you must have a bachelor’s degree and have completed appropriate education coursework. You must also pass testing requirements, participate in student teaching in a secondary classroom, and pass a background check.
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