The Nevada Teaching and Certification Resource

The process of obtaining a Nevada teacher certification is very similar to other states. However, the requirements for becoming a certified teacher in Nevada can vary depending on education and experience. The state’s Department of Education oversees the teacher certification process, which is outlined below.

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.

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.

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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.

For experienced teachers with out-of-state teacher certifications, Nevada reciprocity is possible provided applicants fulfill the state’s requirements. For individualized information on reciprocity and Nevada teacher certification renewal process, please contact the Department of Education.

Finding Approved Teacher Education Programs in Nevada

Perhaps the most important step to becoming a teacher in Nevada is completing a teachers certification program at an accredited school. For applicants who are in the process of evaluating schools should confirm that the chosen institute is in good standing with the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NCA). The state’s DOE will not issue a Nevada educator certificate for teachers who have attended programs in schools that are not accredited by the NCA so, it’s very important to confirm beforehand.

Applicants who are considering an online teacher certification program offered by schools located out of state, should also confirm that the institute is accredited by its corresponding regional accreditation agency.

Additionally, Nevada, like most states, looks for a CAEP accreditation when approving schools for the state’s teacher educator certification process. The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparedness is a national accreditation agency that is recognized by the US Department of Education. CAEP is a result of the merger between NCATE and TEAC, two highly-regarded accreditation bodies. Although under a new name, the CAEP accreditation continues to be a mark of high standards within teachers certification programs in the US.

See our list of CAEP accredited schools in Nevada.

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Teacher Quote: “There are going to be some rough days, but never doubt the impact you have on a child’s life. You might be the only positive thing they experience that day. You will forever leave an imprint on each little soul. That is a huge and wonderful responsibility.” -Alicia Lochridge, Nevada First Grade Teacher

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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.

Nevada Teacher Outlook as of 2014
The Occupational Supply & Demand System projects 330 average annual openings for elementary school teachers, 130 average annual openings for middle school teachers, and 170 average annual openings for secondary school teachers in Nevada from 2012 to 2022. Excluding special education teachers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are 20,080 elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers in the state (2013). Nevada elementary school teachers earn an average annual salary of $53,760, while middle school teachers in the state earn an average of $54,000 and secondary school teachers an average of $53,660 (BLS 2013). For more information regarding certification and the current Nevada teaching job market, visit the Nevada State Education Association.

Nevada Teacher Testing Requirements

Nevada State SealThose 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.

Additional Nevada Teacher Certification Requirements

Anyone pursuing a Nevada teacher certification must submit to a complete background check by the FBI and the Central Repository for Nevada Records of Criminal History. Applicants must submit two completed Form FD-258 fingerprint cards and a Nevada fingerprint authorization form along with the completed teacher application.

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Nevada Teachers Licensing Application Process

Once all steps towards a teacher certification in Nevada have been completed, applicants should send in their completed application packet to the DOE. The following is a checklist for the initial teaching license, initial substitute license, initial business and industry license and special qualifications license

  1. Submission of application for the chosen Licensure category
  2. Submission of official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
  3. Submission of the completed Form FD-258 (REV 5-11-99) fingerprint card
  4. Payment of non-refundable application fee of $161.00
  5. Copies of valid out-of-state teaching licenses/credentials/certificates
  6. Verification of required competency testing score reports
  7. Verification of Teaching Experience Form
  8. Verification of Work Experience Form

Nevada Department of Education
700 E. Fifth Street
Carson City, NV 89701-5096
Phone: (775) 687-9115

Visit the state’s Department of Education for further details on Nevada teacher certification.

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Nevada Teacher Salary and Jobs

Type Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Preschool Teachers 1,710 $24,370
Kindergarten Teachers 770 $51,960
Elementary School Teachers 10,570 $53,100
Middle School Teachers 4,220 $53,200
Secondary School Teachers 5,840 $52,730

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

Nevada Teacher Interview

Interview with Alicia Lochridge, Nevada First Grade Teacher

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Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Teacher in Nevada

Question: What are the requirements to become a high school teacher in Nevada?

Answer: To become a high school teacher in Nevada, you must have a secondary certificate from the state. The requirements for the certificate include holding a bachelor’s degree and completion of either a teacher preparation program in secondary education or appropriate education coursework.

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1. Nevada State Department of Education: http://www.doe.nv.gov/
2. US Department of Education: http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation_pg6.html
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ak.htm#25-0000