Nebraska is changing a rule to make it easier for the spouses of active-military to teach in public classrooms.
State Education Commission Matt Blomstedt said those spouses with teaching certificates from other states will no longer be required to obtain a provisional certificate requiring work toward a teaching degree in Nebraska.
“So that would require them to enroll in a post-secondary institution and begin course work on that very front to be able to cover any gaps,” Blomstedt told reporters during a news conference hosted by Gov. Pete Ricketts. “Some teachers might have had the right qualifications that match Nebraska’s. Others might not have it exactly. So, this is just streamlines that. So, it makes it easier for teachers to go ahead and enter the classroom right away.”
Many spouses of active-military won’t even be in the state three years.
The change is expected to affect perhaps as many as 15 people each year, mostly spouses of military members based at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha.
“I think those districts in and around Offutt in particular would benefit most,” according to Blomstedt. “There may be on occasion some other place across the state, but mostly right around that area.”
During the news conference, Gov. Ricketts signed an amendment to “Rule 21,” which regulates teaching licenses in Nebraska. The change allows military spouses to receive a three-year teaching permit in Nebraska with a valid out-of-state teaching license. Members of the state Board of Education approved the revision in early February. Both the governor and the attorney general had to sign off on the change.