Guide to Becoming a Teacher in Nebraska
If you’re thinking about pursuing a teaching career in Nebraska, ToBecomeATeacher.org has compiled all the information and insights you’ll need to get started. First, you’ll need to navigate the following three essential steps:
1. Choosing a Program: First, you will need to find an education program that supports your budget and short- and long-term career goals.
- Finding an appropriate program that fits your needs is never easy. What matters to you as a student? Is cost a major concern? Are you concerned about the program’s graduation rate or job placement rate? Asking the right questions upfront will ensure you discover a program that is best suited to your needs and budget.
2. Planning for Licensure in Nebraska: To become a teacher in Nebraska, you’ll need to complete at least a bachelor’s degree and a teacher preparation program and to write and pass the state’s required teacher licensure exams.
3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed an education program and passed the applicable exams, you will be ready to launch your teaching career in Nebraska.
- It is always best to start by asking the right questions. Are you interested in working in a rural or urban school? Where do you think you would be most comfortable working and living? What are your lifestyle priorities and which region of the state can best meet these priorities? What are your salary expectations? Throughout this process, keep developing your resume, expanding your education by completing professional development courses for teachers, and gaining additional teaching experience. This will ensure you have the best possible chance of gaining a full-time teaching position shortly after graduation.
Choosing an Education Program in Nebraska
ToBecomeATeacher.org knows that it is not always easy to choose the best education program. This is because different aspiring teachers have different needs and short- and long-term career goals. With the aid of a complex algorithmic tool, we have reviewed, tested and documented the top education programs in the State of Nebraska for 2015. Our criteria reflects prospective teachers’ top priorities, including total expense, student-to- faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings and over all return on investment, and for this reason, our rankings respond directly to your concerns.
All the schools on ToBecomeATeacher.org’s list below are committed to excellence and have proven themselves to be among the very best places to pursue an education degree in Nebraska. Find out which schools rank best at the bachelor’s and master’s levels in education.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Nebraska at Kearney
University of Nebraska at Omaha
|#||Name||Expense Score||Acceptance Rate Score||Graduation Rate Score||ROI/Value Score||Student to Faculty Score|
|1||University of Nebraska-Lincoln||6.8||8.5||8.74||6.8||1.6|
|2||University of Nebraska at Kearney||7.9||6.4||7.26||7.9||4.7|
|3||University of Nebraska at Omaha||7.4||7.8||5.87||7.4||4.2|
Ranking Factors Explained
Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.
How to Become a Teacher in Nebraska
There are two primary pathways to teaching in the State of Nebraska:
- Pathway 1: The most common pathway to teacher licensure is to complete a bachelor’s degree and a teacher education program at an approved Nebraska college and to write and pass the Praxis Core and applicable Praxis II exam.
- Pathway 2: Another common pathway, available to aspiring Nebraska teachers who already hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, is the Teacher Academy Project (TAP) option; in this case, qualified candidates complete the required education courses and supervised classroom hours needed to certify as a teacher within one calendar year.
Notably, the state has separate licenses for substitute teachers and for secondary-level teachers who offer dual high school/college courses.
What is the job outlook for teaching careers in the state of Nebraska?
In 2016, there were 1,170 kindergarten teachers, 9,110 elementary teachers, 3,890 middle school teachers and 6,460 secondary teachers in Nebraska. Education careers in Nebraska are expected to experience moderate growth in the coming years, but some subjects will see greater growth than others. Special education, technical secondary teachers and middle school teachers are expected to be in the highest demand. The state also has current teacher shortages in several subject areas, including English as a second language, language arts, mathematics, and natural science.
What resources do teachers have to help them during their careers in Nebraska?
- The primary governing body for education in Nebraska is the Nebraska Department of Education.
- Nebraska teachers are represented by a teacher’s union; the Nebraska State Education Association represents over 28,000 statewide.
- Nebraska’s principals and vice-principals are represented by the Nebraska Association of School Administrators.
- Subject-specific Nebraska education associations include the Nebraska Music Teachers Association, Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics, Association for Career and Technical Education and Nebraska Agricultural Educators Association.
What online programs are available to potential teachers in the state of Nebraska?
Nebraska is home to many established online education programs at the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate level. While some programs lead to teacher licensure, other programs are designed for in-service teachers pursuing additional qualifications. State-approved online programs in education include programs at the following institutions: Chadron State College, Concordia University, Creighton University, Peru State College, University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha and Wayne State College. Further details on Nebraska’s approved programs for aspiring and in-service teachers are available on the On-line Educational Programs at Nebraska Institutions webpage.