Overview of Nebraska Testing Requirements
How to Qualify for Certification
Nebraska has three statutory requirements that apply to all educator certificates (except substitute) and all administrative certificates. These are in addition to all other requirements that are specific to certain types of Nebraska certification and that may depend on the particular endorsement being sought. You must keep in mind that other requirements, which apply more specifically to your application, will also have to be met.
The three statutory requirements are:
- Basic Skills Competency
- Special Education Competencies
- Human Relations Training (Note: Human Relations Training is required for all certified staff, including substitute teachers.)
Additional information regarding these three requirements can be found in the Nebraska Teacher Certification Manual.
Nebraska law requires a Social Security number (SSN) in order to apply for a educator or administrative certificate. ETS does not require your SSN for its own purposes, but will submit it to the Nebraska Department of Education with your test results if and when supplied. Failure to provide your SSN will delay processing of your certification application in Nebraska.
Who Must Take the Tests?
Praxis I® Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST®)
The Nebraska Department of Education requires the Praxis I® PPST in Reading, Writing and Mathematics for formal admission into teacher preparation programs. Competency is demonstrated by the person's ability to achieve a qualifying score on the assessment. (Note: The Content Mastery Examination for Educators (CMEE) is no longer available. However, those candidates who have passed this exam may utilize that score when applying for certification.)
Praxis II® Subject Assessments
In Nebraska, you must take the appropriate Praxis II® test for the No Child Left Behind (NLCB) qualified teacher designation at the elementary level of instruction.
- About the Praxis™ Tests
- The Praxis Series™ Information Bulletin
- Prepare for a Test
- Test Centers and Dates
- Register for a Test
- Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities