Teaching Degrees in Nebraska

Individuals considering a teaching degree in Nebraska should keep in mind some important information, including:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Nebraska teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully accredited teaching degrees in Nebraska.

Teaching Degrees in Nebraska

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum degree required in order to obtain teaching certification in Nebraska. There are 30 colleges and universities that offer teaching degrees in Nebraska.
Currently, 44.2 percent of Nebraska teachers possess a master’s degree or higher. This higher degree results in an average salary increase of around $3,000 per year when compared to Nebraska teachers who have only a bachelor’s degree.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Nebraska

Students pursuing teaching degrees in Nebraska have options for scholarship and grants. For example:

Creighton University Scholarships
Creighton University offers several scholarships to education majors.

Lincoln Education Foundation Scholarships
The Lincoln Education Association offers several scholarships to students pursuing higher education degrees.

Nebraska Department of Education
The Nebraska Department of Education offers several loan forgiveness programs, grants, and scholarships to teachers.

ROOTS Teacher Education Program Scholarship
The Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs offers scholarships to Natives who wish to pursue teaching degrees in Nebraska.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program
This federally funded grant program awards up to $4,000 per year to students pursuing a teaching degree in Nebraska that demonstrate financial need. Students must agree to work in a high-need private or public school for a minimum of four years.

University of Nebraska Kearney Scholarships
University of Nebraska – Kearney Scholarships
The College of Education at the University of Nebraska Kearney offers several scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees.

Chadron State College
Chadron State College offers various scholarships for students pursuing education degrees. Available scholarships are awarded for those majoring in Special Education, Elementary Education, English and more.

Nebraska Teacher Certification

For those seeking teaching degrees in Nebraska, knowing the certification requirements is paramount. Nebraska currently offers the following five types of teaching certificates/licenses:

  • Regular – For teachers holding a bachelor’s degree or higher who have met all coursework, testing and requirements.
  • Temporary – For teachers holding bachelor’s degrees or a teaching license from another state where the program requirements do not meet Nebraska’s requirements.
  • Provisional – For teachers with bachelor’s degrees who have met all requirements except for the Basic Skills Competency test and/or the Special Education Training requirements.
  • Transitional – For Nebraska residents who have the minimum of a bachelor’s degree and are in the process of completing the coursework necessary to obtain a teaching certificate.
  • State Substitute – For those interested in substitute teaching throughout the state of Nebraska, filling positions temporarily for 90 or fewer days.
  • Local Substitute – For those who only wish to teach 40 days or less per school year within the local school district.
  • Career Education – For those that will be teaching a course in a career education area that no teacher education program exists for.
  • Dual Credit – For college instructors teaching courses that are available for high school students. These courses provide a combination of high school and college credits upon completion.

Nebraska state teacher certification requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Successful completion of an approved and accredited teacher certification program
  • Completion of a supervised teaching experience
  • Successful completion of the Praxis I exam
  • Fingerprinting and background check
  • Teaching experience

Nebraska requires teachers to participate in continuing education in order to maintain and constantly improve knowledge and skills. The state requires a minimum of six semester hours of pre-approved continuing education courses over a period of five years in order to be eligible for recertification.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Nebraska

The following resources provide additional information for those pursuing teaching degrees in Nebraska.

Nebraska Department of Education
The state of Nebraska’s comprehensive site provides information and resources for those interested in pursuing a teaching degree in Nebraska.

Nebraska Department of Labor
Find open positions, information on job fairs, training and more.

Nebraska State Education Association
The official website of the Nebraska teachers’ union.

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