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To become a certified teacher in Nevada, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Nevada Certification Requirements

The Nevada Department of Education offers teaching candidates a database of employment opportunities in the state of Nevada.

Nevada Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Here are Nevada’s undergraduate prerequisites for some of the most popular specialty areas

  • Elementary Education: A Nevada Secondary License requires a bachelor’s degree in an academic or occupational field of study including completion of a recognized teaching major and 22 semester hours in your specialty area.
  • Secondary English/Language Arts: A Nevada Secondary License requires a bachelor’s degree in an academic or occupational field of study including completion of a recognized teaching major and 22 semester hours in your specialty area.
  • Secondary Mathematics: A Nevada Secondary License requires a bachelor’s degree in an academic or occupational field of study including completion of a recognized teaching major and 22 semester hours in your specialty area.
  • Secondary History/Social Science:A Nevada Secondary License requires a bachelor’s degree in an academic or occupational field of study including completion of a recognized teaching major and 22 semester hours in your specialty area.
  • Secondary Science: A Nevada Secondary License requires a bachelor’s degree in an academic or occupational field of study including completion of a recognized teaching major and 22 semester hours in your specialty area.

Nevada Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Information about alternative certification in Nevada is coming soon!

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Nevada, visit our Nevada Teacher Scholarships page.

Nevada Required Tests

All applicants seeking their initial teaching licensure in Nevada are required to take the following three Praxis exams: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE), Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT), and Praxis II Subject Assessment(s) for each area of certification.

Praxis™ CORE

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Certification

156
162
150

CORE: Reading
CORE: Writing
CORE: Mathematics

Completion & passing of all CORE subtests are
required for all NV state educators, regardless of
area(s) of certification


Praxis™ PLT

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Certification

160

157

PLT: Grades K-6
– or –
PLT: Grades 7-12

Completion & passing of PLT test is required for all
NV state educators. Select appropriate grade level.


Praxis II® Subject Assessments

Certification

Required Test(s)

Qualifying Score

158
160

Early Childhood: Content KnowledgeEducation of Young Children

Early Childhood Education
(Birth-K) and (Birth-Grade
2)

161

Elementary Education: Instructional Practice &
Applications

Elementary (K-8)

164
165
143
148

Middle School English Language Arts
Middle School Mathematics
Middle School Science
Middle School Social Studies

Middle School Education
English/Language Arts
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies

145

145
151

167

152
135

152

160

152

157

152


Biology: Content Knowledge

Chemistry: Content Essays
Chemistry: Content Knowledge

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge

General Science: Content Knowledge
General Science: Content Essays

World & U.S. History: Content Knowledge

Mathematics: Content Knowledge

General Science: Content Knowledge

Psychology

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Secondary Education
Biological Science

Chemistry

English

General Science

History

Mathematics

Physical Science

Psychology

Social Studies

159
146

Special Education: Core Knowledge & Application
(and PLT: K-6 or 7-12)
Special Education: Teaching Speech to Students with
Language Impairments

Special Education
Generalist, Resource Room
Speech & Language

Nevada Certification Reciprocity

Nevada will accept some teaching credentials from the following states. Contact the Nevada Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Alabama

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Nevada Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Nevada provides differential pay support for teachers teaching in high needs schools or teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Nevada has no induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in Nevada makes $49,450
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in Nevada makes $49,690
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Nevada makes 104% of the salary of the average worker in Nevada
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in Nevada receives 15 weeks of vacation per year

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Applying for Certification

The Nevada Department of Education requires that all teaching candidates meet the following requirements in order to obtain their state teaching license:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution
  • Completion of a state-approved teacher preparation program
  • Initial licensure application and mandated fee
  • Completed fingerprint card

View the NV DOE’s Teacher Licensure Applicant Checklist for additional information and requirements.

Nevada Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Nevada.

Contact Information

NORTHERN OFFICE

      State of Nevada Department of Education

      700 East Fifth Street

      Carson City, Nevada 89701

      775-687-9115- Contact

SOUTHERN OFFICE

      State of Nevada Department of Education

      9890 S. Maryland Parkway

      Suite 221 Room 234

      Las Vegas, Nevada 89193

      702-486-6458- Contact

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