Certificates now available through Nebraska TEACH portal

Nebraska teachers whose teaching certificates are up for renewal in 2021 and beyond will now use the Nebraska TEACH (The Educator Application and Certification Hub) portal to renew or access their certificates through the Nebraska Department of Education.

The portal offers a more streamlined and efficient approach to updating or renewing certifications. It allows educators to apply for certification, upload transcripts, track their endorsements and communicate with NDE all in one place.

To access the portal, go to teach.education.ne.gov. Users accessing the new portal for the first time must first register by clicking the “Click here to register” button.

After registration is complete, users will need to log in. They will then be taken to a personalized educator dashboard, which will show information on experience back to 1982, degrees and endorsements, as well as the status of any current applications and a secure messaging feature for questions about an application. All information related to past experience is obtained directly from school districts.

The NDE notes some changes from the previous portal:

  • Educators must use a personal email address to complete the registration. Their username and password will follow them throughout their teaching career, as they change school districts or retire and no longer have access to a former school email account. The portal may reject a school district email address, and district accounts may filter important messages from NDE, so using a personal account is required.
  • Receiving a certificate may take four to six weeks, though NDE said it is working to decrease this turnaround time. Once an application is submitted and received, applicants may track its progress on the portal dashboard.
  • Registration instructions and more information may be found at www.education.ne.gov/tcert or by contacting NDE by phone at (402) 471-0739 or email at nde.tcertweb@nebraska.gov.