Nebraska School Librarian Certification Guide - 2023
AKA: School Librarian Endorsement
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A good school librarian can come from any walk of life but typically librarians have a deep desire to care for others, a love of literature, an interest in technology, an innate desire to teach others, and enjoy being around young children. Additionally, a good school librarian needs to have an exceptional level of skill and knowledge of library technologies as well as experience navigating the various roles required of a school librarian. This is where certification comes in.
A Nebraska PK-12 school librarian certification is the certification required of anyone wishing to become a librarian at any Nebraska state school. The reasoning behind the certification requirement is threefold.
The certification can also act as a barrier of entry to the general public who might otherwise create considerably more competition in the job market. This barrier helps to increase and hold steady jobs, salaries, and benefits for school librarians.
Requirements for certification to be a school librarian in Nebraska include an initial or standard Nebraska teaching license, or concurrently satisfy initial teaching license requirements, and satisfy the requirements associated with adding the School Librarian Endorsement.
To receive an initial teaching license in Nebraska, an individual is required to have completed a handful of assessments. The requirements are the completion of the following:
Special Education Training Program: Special education training is less particular in terms of how to get it than the human relations training. The requirement can be met in three primary ways. In all of these situations the applicant must learn and understand five topics: the exceptional needs of the disabilities defined under the Special Education Act, the major characteristics of each disability in order to recognize its existence in children, the various alternatives for providing the least restrictive environment for children with disabilities, methods of teaching children with disabilities in regular classrooms, and referral alternatives, referral systems, multidisciplinary team responsibilities, the individualized education plan process, and the placement process.
The most straightforward way to complete these training requirements is by completing a special education course titled “The Exceptional Child in the Classroom” at an approved teacher education institution and then submitting a transcript that reflects the course. If the applicant did take a special education course that doesn’t have that name, they may be asked to submit a course syllabus to confirm that it satisfies the training requirements.Alternatively, if the applicant has first-hand employment experience with special education children, then they can verify their employment and write a narrative that demonstrates the required five skills. For more information about crafting a special education narrative, visit this link: https://www.education.ne.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NarrativeFiveSkills-for-SPED.pdf.
Candidates will need to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in school library coursework. This includes leadership, library administration, technology, information access, children’s and young adult literature, resource management, and curriculum and instruction. The 30 semester hours in school library course work is not offered at some institutions so if the applicant needs to get a teaching certificate, the applicant must have two years of experience as a teacher or receive a teaching certification through the reciprocity agreement (see the last paragraph for more information about the reciprocity agreement).
For both teaching certification and school librarian endorsement
Finally, candidates may apply for an initial or standard teaching certificate by filling out a teaching certificate application, the applicant must visit the website: https://teach.education.ne.gov.
Once at the site, the applicant must select the “Register Here” registration section found within the login page. From there, the applicant can follow the prompts that appear on screen to begin their application.
The application fees for online applications are as follows: $40 for a non-public school certificate, $90 for a non-public school certificate plus fingerprint cards, $55 for an all-school certificate, and $105 for an all-school certificate plus fingerprint cards.
Furthermore, for the application process E-transcripts must be sent to Bethina.Garrett@nebraska.gov from the institution that the applicant received their degree from (not from the applicant’s personal email address.
Alternatively, the applicant’s institution could mail transcripts to the following address:Nebraska Department of Education Educator Certification
This is the Nebraska Department of Education’s email in case there are any questions about the application process firstname.lastname@example.org.
To add the School Librarian Endorsement, please follow the instructions listed on this Nebraska Department of Education webpage.
Both a standard and initial teaching certification must be renewed every five years. To renew either of these teaching certificates the requirements include the following: the applicant must have had teaching experience (1 year within the immediate past 5) or 6 graduate semester hours within the last five years or before your certification has expired or within 5 years after it has.
If the applicant hasn’t had teaching experience, they must complete 15 graduate semester hours in education satisfying the following:
Nebraska does offer interstate teacher reciprocity agreements from 43 states including Alabama, Kansas, New York, Utah, Arizona, Louisiana, North Carolina, Vermont, Arkansas, Maine, North Dakota, Virginia, California, Maryland, Ohio, Washington, Colorado, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Delaware, Michigan, Oregon, Wisconsin, Florida, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Georgia, Missouri, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Montana, South Carolina, Idaho, Nevada, South Dakota, Illinois, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Indiana, New Mexico, Texas.
A teaching reciprocity agreement is an opportunity for current out-of-state teachers to qualify for teaching certifications in Nebraska based on the state they live in, their current credentials, verification of experience, and competence shown in appropriate skills and examinations. These qualifications include college transcripts that show a completed education, an Institutional Verification form to be completed by the college that the transcripts are coming from, a completed fingerprint card (see above), a successfully completed basic skills test or two years of teaching experience, and a content test for every area the subject the applicant has requested teaching credentials in. To learn more about teacher reciprocity agreements in Nebraska, visit this website: https://www.education.ne.gov/tcert/.