Nebraska – State Information

MEA President: Evan Lee
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Ashley Brock
ALF Member Email:

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/6/2021
Adjourns: 6/10/2021


Cross-Over Deadline None
Budget Deadline None
Introduction Deadlines 1/20/2021
Governor Pete Ricketts (R)
Education Committee Chairs

CHAIR: Sen. Michael Groene (O)

Partisan Split Unicameral legislature, non partisan chamber
House Clerk Contact  
Senate Secretary Contact 402-471-2271
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
Education Commissioner Matthew L. Blomstedt

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Diane Stuehmer Title I & Federal Programs Director
Title IV Director Janice Paling 402-471-3672 (finance assistant);
others available via region of the state
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds Probably fall


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:


Music K-12

Initial (5-year)
Standard (5-year)
Professional (10-year)

(Offers several new permits as of 6/2020)

Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) Praxis II: Music Content & Instruction (5114) None No Yes

Possible additional testing and/or coursework; Human Relations Training; Special Education Training

$55 application (all schools)
$40 application (non-public schools)
$50 fingerprinting

See Manual: Page 15 June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Launch Nebraska

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has given districts discretion to set their own reopening plans using guidance from the state’s education department. That guidance advises remote or hybrid learning plans in communities with significant or moderate spread.

Title IV Success Stories