Nevada Teacher Certification
How to Become a Teacher in Nevada
Those who wish to teach in Nevada must first complete the state’s requirements for Nevada teacher certification. Nevada issues three different levels of teacher certificates. The first level is the Provisional Teaching License. A bachelor’s degree along with completion of testing requirements is necessary for this initial level, and the license is valid for three years.
- I want to be a teacher in Nevada, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
- I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about Nevada’s Alternative Certification Process and Programs
- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
- MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
- MA in Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers Grades 5-12)
The next level of certification is the Standard Teaching License. This license is acquired after all requirements for the Provisional Teaching License have been met. It is valid for five years and may be renewed if six professional development credits are accrued.
The third level of Nevada teaching certification is the Professional Teaching License, of which there are three types. Those with a master’s degree and three years of teaching experience are qualified for a six-year Professional Teaching License that may be renewed upon completion of six professional development credits. Teachers with an educational specialist degree and three years of teaching experience can receive an eight-year Professional Teaching License that is renewable if evidence is provided of professional growth. Lastly, those with a doctoral degree and three years of teaching experience or National Board Certification are qualified for a ten-year Professional Teaching License that can also be renewed upon evidence of professional growth.
Nevada Teacher Education Requirements
As is described above, specific education is required for each level of teacher certification in Nevada. The traditional route for licensure includes completion of a four-year teacher preparation program at a regionally accredited college or university.
Profiles of Well Known Schools
University of Nevada: Located in Reno, The University of Nevada College of Education offers dozens of majors for educational disciplines and career pathways. Students who desire careers in teaching, administration, counseling, curriculum, educational technology and more will find something for them at the College of Education. The programs range from undergraduate offerings that educate aspiring educators to graduate degrees for existing professionals. Programs include Counseling and Educational Psychology, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Equity and Diversity in Educational Settings, Special Education and many more. The Nevada College of Education is accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, and The National Association for the Education of Young Children.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Nevada’s unemployment rate at 12.9% at the start of 2012, significantly higher than the national average of 8.5%. The Occupational Supply and Demand System projects 993 annual openings in education and library related fields in Nevada through 2018. The National Center of Education Statistics recorded 21,993 public school and 1,550 private school teachers employed in Nevada in 2008 and 2007 respectively. The average beginning teaching salary in Nevada is $34,193 and the overall average teaching salary is $53,023, the 20th highest average among US states according to the National Education Association. The NEA has also reported slight teacher shortages in special education, computer resources, math and science. For more information regarding certification and the current Nevada job market, please visit Nevada State Education Association.
Nevada Teacher Testing Requirements
Those receiving initial certification in Nevada must complete the state’s testing requirements. Two types of assessments are required: state-mandated testing and competency testing. Provisions for these assessments on a teaching license must be removed by the holder within three years from the issue date of the certificate.
State-mandated testing is needed to satisfy provisions of Nevada School Law, Nevada Constitution, and the US Constitution. The minimum passing score for these assessments is 70%. State-mandated testing may be completed through the University of Nevada – Reno General Exams or by taking coursework from a state-approved provider.
Competency testing is completed through the Praxis Series administered by the Educational Testing Service. Praxis content area tests must be completed for only one endorsement area on a license. The test may be taken for either the major or minor endorsement on a license, and some educators find that they may become “Highly Qualified” under the No Child Left Behind Act if they take the assessment in their minor endorsement area.
Nevada Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Elementary School Teachers||10,840||$52,590|
|Middle School Teachers||4,200||$52,790|
|Secondary School Teachers||5,880||$52,600|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.
Nevada Teacher Interview
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School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Nevada
Request free information from the following schools to learn more about your options for choosing a teacher degree program. We recommend you: Request information from one or more of these schools
- MA in Teaching: Advanced Studies in Secondary Education- National Board Preparation
- Early Childhood Education (Certification Only)
- Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
- Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (SLE)
- And more...
- B.S. in Education / Elementary Education
- M.A. in Education/Elementary Teacher Education
- M.A. in Education/Secondary Teacher Education
- M.A. in Education/Early Childhood Ed.
- And more...
- M.A. Teaching (K-8)
- Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program (K-8)
- B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8)
- M.A. Teaching - Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12)
- And more...
- B.S. in Early Childhood Education (Birth - 5 Years)
- M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education
- Special Education (Early Childhood/Elementary)
- Educational Administration: (EDD)
- And more...
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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Nevada
Great Basin College
1500 College Pky
Elko, NV 89801
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
4505 S Maryland Pky
Las Vegas, NV 89154
University of Nevada-Reno
Reno, NV 89557
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