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Nebraska Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification


Trades Certificate

Meet the minimum requirements to teach in this state.

The trades certificate is issued to persons who have a career skill that is included in the school curriculum. The certificate must carry the name of the area of specialization – this is called the ‘endorsement’. The Trades Certificate allows teaching only in the area of endorsement. Endorsements are available in a virtually unlimited number of career areas.

The certificate is valid only in the Nebraska school system requesting the issuance of the certificate or for an instructor in a community college who is providing instruction to K-12 students as part of a operating agreement with a K-12 district regardless of the existence of an approved Nebraska teacher training program. Your first Trades Certificate is valid for two years. All renewals are valid for three years.

Trades Certificates may be issued to applicants documenting one or more of the following:

1. Completion of a prescribed course of study a trade or industrial process at a community college, or

2. Completion of an apprenticeship program in the trade, or

3. Passing a proficiency examination approved by the particular trade or industry, or

4. Demonstrated proficiency in the trade over five years of employment in the trade, or

5. Current employment by a community college as an instructor to teach the specific trade or skill

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