Nebraska Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions
To be eligible for recommendation by WGU's Licensure Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree, a post baccalaureate teacher preparation program, or a Master of Science in Special Education degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams and all state required exams.
Nebraska Licensure Instructions:
Step 1: Download the Nebraska Applicant Manual, and read through it completely.
Step 2: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to include in your application packet.
Step 3: Request an official copy of your Praxis scores from ETS by calling 1-800-772-9476 or by submitting the Additional Score Report Request Form via fax or mail. You cannot send the score report you initially received from ETS; rather, you must submit a new report in an envelope sealed by ETS.
Step 4: If you are applying for the first issuance of a Nebraska certificate/permit and have not been a resident of Nebraska for the immediate past five (5) years from the date of application, you must have prints by Livescan OR Ink Rolled (2 cards) by law enforcement. State Patrol offices in Nebraska do not charge a fee to do fingerprints. However, other law enforcement agencies may charge a fee to have prints taken. The fingerprint requirement applies even if you have recently submitted fingerprint information in any other state. Please consult Fingerprinting for Nebraska Certification for instructions on completing a fingerprint based background check for licensure.
Step 5: Write your name and social security number on the top of the Institutional Verification form and send it to the WGU Certification Analyst at the contact information below. The analyst will fill out the remainder of the form and return it to you in a sealed envelope for inclusion in your application packet. Please send email attachments in pdf format.
WGU must have copies of all content and pedagogy exam scores on file before the recommendation can be completed.
Step 6: If you have completed a Master's or an Educational Leadership program, you must verify completion of Nebraska's Human Relations training requirements through coursework completed at other institutions, or through experience, per the instructions on pp. 12 and 15 of the application packet.
Step 7: Complete all sections of the Application for a Nebraska Educator Certificate or Permit form, either online or, using the paper form.
Step 8: If you have been a continuous Nebraska resident in the five years proceeding submission of your application, and are therefore not required to do a background check, then you must complete the Record of Residence form.
Step 9: Those applying for an administrative certificate must submit the Verification of Successive Experience form to the appropriate administrator at a current or previously employing school district, whomever can verify two years of consecutive certificated teaching experience in the same public school system in the past five years. This form should be returned to you for inclusion in your application packet.
Step 10: Compile your application packet:
1. Application form,
2. Record of Residence form (if applicable),
3. Completed fingerprint cards (if applicable),
4. All official transcripts,
5. Documents verifying completion of Human Relations Training,
6. Documents verifying completion of Special Education Training,
7. Official, sealed ETS Praxis score report,
8. Institutional Verification form,
9. Verification of Successive Experience form (if applicable),
10. Application fee of $55 in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Nebraska Department of Education. If you are submitting fingerprint cards as part of your application packet, then you need to add the additional $50 processing fee to the check or money order.
Step 11: Mail complete application packet to:
Nebraska Department of Education
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987