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Nebraska Creates New Teaching Permit for MilSpouses
By Military spouse teacher
As an educator, the first thing I do when I know where we are moving is look on the new state’s department of education website. Our move to Nebraska was no different; however, I cried when I read their reciprocity agreement. The requirements seemed so overwhelming and time consuming that I felt my decision to teach or not was out of my hands. I did not want to go through what looked like a year or more of work to gain yet another state’s certification when I was only going to live in the state for two years.

The ability for qualified military spouses to immediately begin working as teachers goes a long way to alleviate the hardships of a move.

Fortunately, the Nebraska Department of Education listened to the concerns of the area military spouses and reacted quickly to make changes. The revised Rule 21 creates a military teaching permit, which gives qualified teachers three years to correct any deficiencies. Had this provision been in place when I was moving here, I would have been the one to choose whether or not I would work in the teaching profession. I am so thankful that current spouses planning a move will have the opportunity to find employment in their field of work right away.

Before I moved to Nebraska, I really didn’t think that people understood the struggles we military spouses go through. We are married to people who give service to our country and we are proud of that. We are also, often, people who give service as well. When you ask a military spouse what he or she does for a living, it’s often teacher, nurse, social worker or similar career fields that serve others. Unfortunately, you will also often hear them say that they currently aren’t working, because the time and money it takes to re-license in each state is overwhelming. I am so thankful to the Nebraska Department of Education for working with military spouses and revising their permit process. The ability for qualified military spouses to immediately begin working as teachers goes a long way to alleviate the hardships of a move.