Nebraska is known for its good-natured, honest and friendly residents. It also has a booming city life, with major metropolitan centers such as Lincoln and Omaha offering plenty of culture and entertainment options, including Broadway plays, museums and national musical acts. While it may not have the highest teacher salaries in the country, Nebraska boasts a low cost of living and low unemployment rate, making it a great choice for any math teacher.
Whether you’re interested in launching or continuing your education career, Nebraska offers numerous student loan forgiveness programs available to both beginners and veterans alike. Nebraska can also boast the second lowest student-to-teacher ratio in the nation – with only 9.6 students per teacher. On a more radical note, Nebraska was one of the few states that declined to adopt the Common Core State Standards.
Math Teacher Certification in Nebraska
Math Teaching Qualifications
In addition to a bachelor’s degree, Nebraska requires that all prospective teachers meet the qualifications for at least one endorsement to teach a particular subject and complete a mandated human relations training program.
Credentials & Exams
Nebraska uses the PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) for basic skills and the Elementary Education Curriculum Instruction and Assessment (EECIA) test for teachers planning to teach grades K-8. The Praxis II Content Area exam is also required.
Nebraska offers three levels of certification. These include:
- Initial Certificate: This five-year license is issued to recent graduates of accredited teacher preparation programs.
- Standard Certificate: This five-year certificate is issued to teachers who have completed two consecutive years of either full- or half-time teaching.
- Professional Certificate: This ten-year license is issued to teachers with a Master’s degree, doctoral degree or National Board Certification.
Nebraska accepts recommendations from teacher preparation programs from accredited colleges and universities in other states, but all candidates must meet specific state requirements. Cases are evaluated on an individual basis. Nebraska does not typically recognize certificates that have been granted through alternate programs or by testing only.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
Transition to Teaching Program: Offered through the University of Nebraska at Kearney, this program is available to applicants who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and have completed 75 percent of the requirements for certification in a specified content area. In addition, eligible applicants will need to show that a school district is willing to hire and mentor them in advance.
Financial Aid for NE Math Teachers
- Nebraska Math Scholars Grant: This need-based grant is awarded to help talented students pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- The Attracting Excellence to Teaching (AETP): This program provides forgivable loans to eligible students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate teacher education program and working towards their initial certificate.
- The Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program (EETP): This program offers forgivable loans to Nebraska teachers enrolled in an eligible graduate program.
Salaries for Math Teachers in Nebraska
Below is a table containing 2013 data from the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) showing average annual wages for Nebraska teachers at various grade levels. You can click on the column headers to sort by that column.
The red and green text in the table shows whether the salary is above or below the national average for that grade level.
In terms of annual income, the top grade level & city combos in Nebraska are as follows:
- Elementary School Teachers in Lincoln, NE: average of $52,260 per year
- Secondary School Teachers in Lincoln, NE: average of $52,190 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Lincoln, NE: average of $51,460 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Sioux City, IA-NE-SD: average of $49,190 per year
- Secondary School Teachers in Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA: average of $48,750 per year
|Location||Elementary School Teachers||Kindergarten Teachers||Middle School Teachers||Secondary School Teachers|
|Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA||$46,580||$46,090||$47,750||$48,750|
|Sioux City, IA-NE-SD||$45,980||$47,210||$49,190||$45,070|
Math Teaching Degrees in Nebraska
Below we've listed all of the Nebraska math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Nebraska Math Teachers
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall SouthP.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509
Nebraska has not adopted the Common Core Standards. Learn more about math standards for Nebraska here.
Math Teacher Jobs
Teacher Shortages in MathNebraska reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15 in grades 5-12.
Expenditure per Student: $9,621
Nebraska’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $9,621, or 86.9% of the national average. (Source: NEA)