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The Nevada Teaching and Certification Resource

The requirements for Nevada teacher certification are similar to other states. The Nevada Department of Education oversees the teacher certification process, which is outlined below for those seeking information on how to become a teacher in Nevada.

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. These requirements are completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and completion of a teacher preparation program. Candidates must also pass the state’s educator exams, which include exams on Nevada School law, the Nevada Constitution, and the United States Constitution. Candidates must also pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, Principles of Learning and Teaching, and content-area exam(s) for the subject(s) to be taught.

Candidates who meet the above requirements qualify for a Standard teaching license in the state of Nevada. Those who have met the bachelor’s degree requirement or hold a higher degree but did not complete a teacher preparation program may be eligible for alternative teacher certification in Nevada.

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Projected Job Growth

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Growth in Teaching Jobs in NV through 202215

Perhaps the most important step to becoming a teacher in Nevada is completing a bachelor’s degree and teacher preparation program at an accredited school. Applicants who are in the process of evaluating schools should confirm that the chosen program is in good standing with the a regional accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Prospective teachers who are considering an online or out-of-state teacher certification program should also confirm that the institution is accredited by its corresponding regional accreditation agency.

Additionally, schools may hold accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is the result of the merger between the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), two highly-regarded accreditation bodies. CAEP accreditation is viewed as a mark of high standards for teacher preparation programs in the US.

See our list of CAEP accredited schools in Nevada.

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
Nevada Teacher Outlook
The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation projects 117 average annual job openings due to growth and 216 average annual replacement job openings for elementary school teachers, 47 average annual openings due to growth and 87 average annual openings due to replacements for middle school teachers, and 27 average annual openings due to growth and 146 annual openings due to replacements for secondary school teachers in Nevada from 2012 to 2022.2 Excluding special education teachers, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are 19,700 elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers in the state.3 Nevada elementary school teachers earn an average annual salary of $52,900, while middle school teachers in the state earn an average of $53,650 and secondary school teachers an average of $53,200.3 For more information regarding certification and the current Nevada teaching job market, visit the Nevada State Education Association.

Nevada Teacher Education Requirements

As is described above, the traditional route to Nevada educator licensure includes completion of a bachelor’s degree and teacher preparation program at a regionally accredited college or university. Specific coursework is also required, including at least three semester hours of credit in education for students with disabilities and at least three semester hours of credit in parental involvement and family engagement.

Nevada Teacher Testing Requirements

Nevada State SealThose seeking initial teacher certification in Nevada must complete the state’s testing requirements. Two types of assessments are required: state testing and competency testing.

State testing is required in the areas of Nevada School Law, the Nevada Constitution, and the US Constitution. The minimum passing score for these assessments is 70%. These exams must be taken through the University of Nevada – Reno. Candidates may waive the requirement for testing in these areas by taking coursework from a state-approved provider.

Competency testing is completed through the Praxis Series administered by the Educational Testing Service. Candidates must take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and the Principles of Learning and Teaching exams. Praxis content area tests must also be completed for all endorsement areas sought.

Additional Nevada Teacher Certification Requirements

Candidates for Nevada teacher licensing must be citizens or lawful permanent residents of the US. In addition, those pursuing Nevada teacher certification must submit to a 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. In-state residents may also complete fingerprinting through LiveScan.

Nevada Teachers Licensing Application Process

Once all steps towards a teacher certification in Nevada have been completed, candidates must apply for a license. The following documents are required:

  • Application for the chosen licensure category
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended, including verification of completion of a teacher preparation program
  • Completed Form FD-258 (REV 5-11-99) fingerprint cards or electronic LiveScan receipt
  • Payment of non-refundable application fee
  • Verification of required competency testing score reports

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

Nevada Teacher Salary and Jobs

Type Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Preschool Teachers 2,440 $26,840
Preschool Teachers, Special Education 450 $51,380
Kindergarten Teachers 1,110 $49,450
Elementary School Teachers 9,870 $52,900
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 760 $51,170
Middle School Teachers 4,270 $53,650
Middle School Teachers, Special Education 340 $52,540
Secondary School Teachers 5,560 $53,200
Secondary School Teachers, Special Education 510 $54,880
Secondary School Teachers, Career/Technical Education Not Available Not Available

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2014.

Nevada School District Requirements

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Nevada Teacher Interview

Interview with Alicia Lochridge, Nevada First Grade Teacher

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 a teacher preparation program in secondary education. Candidates must also pass the state-mandated exams and a criminal background check.

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References:
1. Nevada State Department of Education: http://www.doe.nv.gov/
2. Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation: http://www.nevadaworkforce.com/?PAGEID=67&SUBID=197
3. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Nevada: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nv.htm
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Elementary School Teachers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252021.htm
5. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Middle School Teachers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252022.htm
6. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Secondary School Teachers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252031.htm
7. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Preschool Teachers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252011.htm
8. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Special Education Teachers, Preschool: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252051.htm
9. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Kindergarten Teachers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252012.htm
10. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252052.htm
11. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Special Education Teachers, Middle School: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252053.htm
12. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252023.htm
13. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Special Education Teachers, Secondary School: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252054.htm
14. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252032.htm
15. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm