Teacher Certification and Renewal

I need to apply for my first teaching certificate

How To Apply For Your Nebraska Teaching Certificate
  1. Apply on-line up to 30 days prior to degree/program completion to the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) at: www.education.ne.gov/tcert and click on “Online Application” at the bottom of the page on the left.  Answer all questions as though your program is complete.  Payment can be made by credit/debit card, check or money order. 

  2. If you have not been a continuous Nebraska resident for the past 5 years, pick up fingerprint cards and instructions from 116 Henzlik, or contact the NDE at nde.tcertweb@nebraska.gov

  3. Once your student teaching grades/degree post, UNL will send your Institutional Recommendation to the NDE. (If you receive correspondence from the NDE that they are missing this item, please let them know WHEN your program will be complete and note that UNL will send it at that time.) YOU are responsible for ordering a UNL e-transcript (to be sent once grades/degrees post) through MyRed, current student, transcripts, choose server and have it sent to carolyn.hauser@nebraska.gov at the NDE.

I need to renew my teaching certificate

RENEWING YOUR NEBRASKA TEACHING CERTIFICATE Through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

If your certificate has not expired or has expired less than five years, and you have not taught half time or more for one (1) school year during the past 5 years, the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) will require that you complete 6 hours of approved coursework (graduate) to renew your certificate. For teachers whose certificates have expired more than 5 years, 15 hours of coursework (graduate) is required.

UNL’s College of Education & Human Sciences offers appropriate classes online as well as classes on campus that meet one night/week during the fall and spring semesters and daytime in the summer sessions. Please access the Schedule of Classes. If you wish to sort by only online classes, click on “additional search criteria” and under “location,” click on “Distance Delivery.”

*ADMISSION TO THE UNL GRADUATE COLLEGE*

You will need to apply as a non-degree student at www.unl.edu/gradstudies

The 6-credit hour program: Choose six graduate hours from 1) TEAC – Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education, EDPS – Educational Psychology, SPED – Special Education & Communication Disorders, SLPA – Speech Language Pathology, or CYAF – Child, Youth & Family Studies OR your endorsement area.

The 15-credit hour program: Contact Dr. Tom Wandzilak at 402-472-8626 to determine what courses you will take and how you will fulfill the practicum requirement. The NDE requires that you complete a course in Instructional Techniques; a Practicum consisting of 100 clock hours of contact with students in the classroom setting; a course which addresses Current Issues in Education – such as special education, gifted education, reading and writing in the content area, or school law; and Coursework Directly Related to the Applicant’s Area of Endorsement.

When you have completed the required coursework:

  • 6-hour renewals need to apply online to the NDE to renew their certificate, pay the fee and arrange to have an official transcript sent to the NDE via the UNL website or call 402-472-3544. (No institutional verification is required from UNL).
  • 15-hour renewals need to apply online to the NDE to renew their certificate, pay the fee and arrange to have an official transcript sent to the NDE via the UNL website or call 402-472-3544 and call 402-472-8623 and ask that an Institutional Verification be sent to the NDE for you.


Contact Us:

Tom Wandzilak Certification Officer

Full Tom Wandzilak bio

Kendra Marker Office Associate