State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Nebraska

April 2018


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at

Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Nebraska has adopted the Nebraska Performance Framework for Principals. Source
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Nebraska State Board of Education 92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 20, 003
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. Institutions preparing principal candidates must offer courses that provide opportunities to demonstrate competencies based on the 2009 draft of the ELCC Standards. Source
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? Yes. Advanced certification programs must provide field experience. Candidates prepared for a Principal Endorsement must complete 250 clock hours of an internship/field-based experience. 92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 20, 006
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? No state policy found.
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for a Standard Administrative Certificate, a candidate must:
  • Hold a bachelor's degree
  • Complete a teacher education program at a state-approved college or university
  • Hold a master's degree in educational administration or educational leadership, or have received a subject area master's degree with completion of additional coursework in an approved program in the area of endorsement sought
  • Complete the human relations training requirement
  • Complete the special education training requirement
  • Have two years teaching experience or employment as an administrator, school counselor or school psychologist in an approved or accredited P-12 school
  • Recieve a passing score on the basic skills competency test
  • Have received six semester hours of college credits or two years out-of-state employment experience within the last five years (some exceptions apply).

Additional qualifications required to receive a Principal Endorsement:
  • Complete 36 or 45 graduate semester hours of credit in an approved program in educational administration (hour requirements depend on the candidates previous level of endorsement)
  • Complete 250 clock hours of internship/field-based experience in approved or accredited elementary, middle and/or secondary schools
  • Have two years of teaching experience in an approved or accredited elementary, middle and/or secondary schools
  • Receive a passing score on Praxis: Educational Leadership assessment.
92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 21, 004

92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 24, 005
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants holding a valid, comparable certificate issued by another state may be eligible for a Nebraska certificate if requirements to receive the out-of-state certification are comparable and equivalent to in-state requirements. Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-813
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? No state policy found. However, a provisional, conditional and temporary license may be issued to administrator candidates who meet specified requirements and/or are in the application approval process. NDE Rule 21.004.09

NDE Rule 21.006.02

NDE Rule 21.008.02

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