How to Become a Teacher in Nebraska

Close to 300,000 children are in Nebraska’s public school system, and according to the Nebraska Department of Education, almost half of them fall below the poverty line. The state employs 24,634 teachers in 251 public school districts to meet the needs of the diverse student population. Individuals interested in joining the ranks of qualified educators must meet the requirements for Nebraska teacher certification. Read on to learn about becoming a teacher in Nebraska.

Education Requirements

The Nebraska Department of Education is responsible for teacher licensure and certification in the state. Prospective teachers in Nebraska should apply for licensure through the Department of Education’s interactive, online portal. To become a teacher in Nebraska, one must possess a bachelor’s degree. Though no specific coursework is required, Nebraska’s educators must have completed an approved teacher education program, which involves student teaching. Nebraskans must also complete human relations and special education training, which can be done through approved fieldwork or coursework.

Nebraska Teaching Certification

Teachers in Nebraska have successfully completed the following prior to licensure: a bachelor’s degree, the Praxis Series I – Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST), approved human relations training, approved special education training, and an accredited teacher education (student teaching) program. In order to become a teacher in Nebraska, one must apply for licensure within five years of completing either the educational or employment experience. Prospective Nebraska teachers can learn more about certification and apply for consideration through an online portal, part of the Nebraska Department of Education. The manual for applicants can be found here. Nebraska does issue temporary and provisional certificates.

Required Tests

Nebraska teacher licensure requires successful completion of the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST).

State Certification Reciprocity

All applicants for teacher certification in Nebraska must meet the state’s requirements, including testing and special education training. Temporary and provisional certificates can be issued on a case by case basis, and reciprocity methods typically work this way, as well. Provisional licensure could be an option for those waiting on approval or further training or testing to become fully licensed in Nebraska.

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Chadron State College

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1000 Main St
Chadron, NE 69337-2690
(308) 432-6000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

College of Saint Mary

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7000 Mercy Rd.
Omaha, NE 68106
(402) 399-2400

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Concordia University-Nebraska

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800 N Columbia Ave
Seward, NE 68434-1556
(800) 535-5494

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Doane College-Crete

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1014 Boswell Avenue
Crete, NE 68333
(402) 826-2161

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Grace University

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1311 S 9th St
Omaha, NE 68108-3629
(402) 449-2800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Hastings College

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710 N Turner Ave
Hastings, NE 68901
(402) 463-2402 Ext: 7405

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Midland University

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900 N. Clarkson
Fremont, NE 68025
(800) 642-8382

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Nebraska Wesleyan University

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5000 St Paul Ave
Lincoln, NE 68504-2794
(402) 466-2371

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Northeast Community College

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801 E Benjamin
Norfolk, NE 68702-0469
(402) 371-2020

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Peru State College

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600 Hoyt Street
Peru, NE 68421-0010
(402) 872-3815

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Union College

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3800 S 48th Street
Lincoln, NE 68506
(402) 486-2600

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

University of Nebraska at Kearney

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905 W 25th St
Kearney, NE 68849-1212
(308) 865-8441

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

University of Nebraska at Omaha

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6001 Dodge St
Omaha, NE 68182-0225
(402) 554-2800

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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14th and R St
Lincoln, NE 68588
(402) 472-7211

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Wayne State College

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1111 Main St
Wayne, NE 68787
(402) 375-7000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Western Nebraska Community College

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1601 East 27th Street
Scottsbluff, NE 69361-1899
(308) 635-3606

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

York College

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1125 E 8th St
York, NE 68467-2699
(402) 363-5600

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
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