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. If you are interested in becoming a teacher in Las Vegas, read more on our How to Become a Teacher in Las Vegas page.
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 include the completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and the 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.
- 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.
Finding Approved Teacher Education Programs in Nevada
Projected Job Growth
Growth in Teaching Jobs in NV through 20242
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 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.
The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation projects 326 average annual job openings due to growth and 211 average annual replacement job openings for elementary school teachers, 141 average annual openings due to growth and 92 average annual openings due to replacements for middle school teachers, and 184 average annual openings due to growth and 128 annual openings due to replacements for secondary school teachers in Nevada from 2014 to 2024.3 Excluding special education teachers, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are 19,990 elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers in the state.4 Nevada elementary school teachers earn an average annual salary of $53,960, while middle school teachers in the state earn an average of $54,740 and secondary school teachers an average of $54,150.4 For more information regarding certification and the current Nevada teaching job market, visit the Nevada State Education Association.
Nevada Teacher Education Requirements
As 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
Those 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 Subject Assessments 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, Special Education||440||$53,200|
|Elementary School Teachers||9,930||$53,960|
|Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School||790||$52,320|
|Middle School Teachers||4,290||$54,740|
|Middle School Teachers, Special Education||360||$52,880|
|Secondary School Teachers||5,770||$54,150|
|Secondary School Teachers, Special Education||560||$55,580|
|Secondary School Teachers, Career/Technical Education||250||$57,990|
Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2015.4
Nevada School District Requirements
If you want to learn how to become a teacher in Las Vegas, you should read more on our Las Vegas city page. Here you will find the step-by-step process for becoming a teacher in Las Vegas, a list of area private and charter schools, and Las Vegas school district contact information.
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.
Teaching and Education Programs
1. Nevada State Department of Education: http://www.doe.nv.gov/
2. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
3. Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation: http://www.nevadaworkforce.com/?PAGEID=67&SUBID=197
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Nevada: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nv.htm