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||Nebraska HOUSSE Description
A minimum of 100 points is required to achieve the designation of NCLB qualified teacher.
National Board for Professional Teaching standards (NBPTS) in assigned content area: 100 points
Passed a related content area test required in another state for certification or NCLB requirements: 100 points
Holds advanced degree in an area related to the assigned content area, or supports instruction in the assigned content area=50 Points
The majority of the coursework for the degree must clearly have a relationship to the assigned content area, e.g. Master of Education
in Curriculum and Instruction or a Physics degree for the mathematics content area. This would not include Educational
Teaching experience in the assigned content area: 15 points per year (within the last 10 years) and can not exceed 45 points
Teaching assignment must be in the assigned content area
and SPED Teachers can also utilize these options:
- Teaching in this content area to individuals with disabilities during supervised student teaching or practicum experiences
- This may include collaborative models that involve teaching in this content area with a qualified teacher, e.g. co-teaching,
cooperative teaching, consultative teaching, or team teaching.
Teaching experience in a related field (within the last 10 years) and
can not exceed 45 points
Teaching experience in a content area that is under the same field endorsement as an endorsement you hold, e.g. history assignment
with a geography endorsement.
Content-based college credit from an accredited institution: 5 points per credit hour (credits within the last 10 years)
Content-based courses may include, but are not limited to:
Education courses that were content-based
Content-based graduate or undergraduate courses, including courses toward an added endorsement or an advanced degree that were
not counted in the previous section under advanced degree. Community college courses that would be transferable to a teacher
preparation program may be included.
Content-related college credit from an accredited institution: 3 points
per credit hour (within the last 10 years), Maximum=30 points.
Content-related courses may include, but are not limited to:
Graduate or undergraduate courses, including courses toward an added endorsement or an advanced degree that were not counted
under the advanced degree section, which relate to the content area (or support instruction) such as assessment literacy, English
Language Learner (ELL) classes. Community college credits transferable to a teacher preparation program may be included.
Non-SPED teachers may include one course related to working with diverse/exceptional students.
Documented content–based professional development at the district, Educational Service Unit (ESU), regional, state or
national level: 1 point per 4 hours of participation (with the last 10 years).
Activities that support content-related professional growth may include, but are not limited to:
Content workshops in the area of assignment, data retreats, School-based Teacher-led Assessment and Reporting (STARS),
six trait writing, assessment literacy, classroom management/instructional strategies in the assigned content area,
strategies for working with diverse student populations, online or other technology-based content modules, action
research/innovative projects approved by the district, and activities identified in an individual professional growth plan (§79-830) or
to expand a knowledge base to meet district goals.
Activities can only be counted in one category. If the workshop also resulted in college credit, you can only include the activity once
on the form.
Professional development activities must meet the NCLB definition of high-quality professional development (Section 9101-34) in
order to be counted in this category. This includes the requirement that professional development activities are of high quality and
sustained, supportive of state content standards for students and teachers, and improve the teacher’s instructional performance.
Professional activities related to the assigned content area
Activities may include, but are not limited to:
- Served on a committee that developed, selected or evaluated standards, curriculum, or textbooks/instructional materials in this
- Served on a committee that aligned local content standards with state content standards
- Served on a committee that developed, aligned, validated or evaluated content assessments, including alternate assessments
- Served on a committee that completed school-based data collection and analysis relative to student achievement in the content area
- Leadership/presenter at district, regional, state or national professional conferences, seminars, or workshops
- Participated in content related learning circles/peer-learning activities
- Completed the assessment portion of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) for this content area but did not
- Other content related activities approved by the local district to meet district
Service related to the assigned content area
Activities may include, but are not limited to:
- Department chair or team leader
- Mentor teacher
- Cooperating teacher for student teachers
- Lead content teacher on IEP team
- School Improvement Team leadership
- Officer or committee member in a regional, state, or national professional content organization
- Instructor at an Institution of Higher Education (content, or pedagogy-related to content, assessment, working with special needs
students) or adult education/community education classes directly related to the content area
- Content or research-based presentations at district, state or national level.
Source: Nebraska Department of Education; NEBRASKA NCLB QUALIFIED TEACHER APPLICATION INFORMATION