Teacher Certificate Renewal

Teacher Certificate Renewal

Many NSEA members will soon receive a notice from the Nebraska Department of Education that their Nebraska Teaching Certificate is about to expire. Those members must renew their certificate so they can legally teach in a school district for the coming school year, 2011-12.

Members may apply online to renew their certificates and mail the appropriate forms to the Nebraska Department of Education. Information about renewing the certificates is available on the Department of Education Web site at: www.education.ne.gov/tcert

There are three types of teaching certificates that must be renewed, and each has different requirements.

Those teachers who have an "Initial" certificate must renew that certificate by acquiring six semester hours of credit from a standard institution of higher education, or acquire a "Standard" Certificate by teaching half-time or more for two consecutive school years in the same school system.

Teachers with a "Standard" or "Professional" Certificate may renew their certificates by teaching half-time or more for two consecutive years in the same school system, or by acquiring six semester hours of credit from a standard institution of higher education.

Important: Teachers who are moving from one school system to another may want to have their teaching experience verified by their current school district's Board of Education prior to teaching in a new or reorganized district. Nebraska schools systems, by law, cannot pay a teacher with an expired teaching certificate. It's also best to renew your certificate early, before new teachers apply for their certificates.

If members have questions about certificate renewal, they may call the Nebraska Department of Education Certification Office at 402-471-0739, or contact NSEA's Jay Sears at 800-742-0047 or via e-mail at: jay.sears@nsea.org