How to Become a Teacher in Nevada

There are no secrets to learning how to become a teacher in Nevada. It’s just a matter of educating yourself on all the testing, certification and education requirements.

Academic teaching certificates are available for teaching at different levels. All levels require a minimum of a bachelor degree and online degree programs are acceptable. In addition, each specific license has its own set of requirements.

Birth to Second Grade

Nevada requirements for teaching children up through second grade call for instructors to:

  • Have a bachelor degree.
  • Be licensed in another state and have that license approved by the Nevada Department of Education.
  • Have completed required coursework in early childhood education as established by the NDE.
  • Completed student teaching.

An alternate path is available for those who already hold another Nevada teaching license, have an undergraduate major in childcare and also have experience teaching children under the age of 6.

Kindergarten Through Eighth Grade

Among the Nevada requirements for elementary school teachers:

  • Have a bachelor degree.
  • Complete 50 hours of required subjects in early childhood education.
  • Complete eight semester hours of student teaching.

Middle School or Junior High

Requirements for Nevada middle school and junior high teachers:

  • Have a bachelor degree.
  • Complete a program for teaching in middle school or a combination of qualified course work that meets the requirements established by the NDE, including student teaching.
  • Complete coursework equivalent to 24 semester hours in the subject matter for which the license is requested.
  • After a teaching license is approved, a subject matter, referred to as an endorsement, may be added to the license after completion of 14 semester hours in the chosen subject.
  • The middle school license allows a teacher to teach ninth grade in a middle school setting. If the ninth grade is taught in a high school setting, a secondary teaching credential is required.
  • Grades Seven to 12

Requirements for Nevada high school teachers:

  • Have a bachelor degree.
  • Complete a secondary teacher-preparation program.
  • If a secondary teacher preparation program has not been completed, the board will evaluate the transcript and see if certain course work has been completed that is the equivalent of a preparation program.
  • Secondary licenses are given for teaching a specific subject matter.

Other Licenses

In addition to the academic licenses, the NDE also issues the following teaching licenses: Business and industry.

  • Exceptional students.
  • Secondary: career and technical.
  • Licensed school personnel.
  • Special qualifications.
  • Substitute.

Other Requirements

  • Be a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
  • Earn degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Graduates from foreign colleges or universities will have their transcripts evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Pass the Praxis Pre-professional Skills Test (PPST).
  • All applicants, except for applicants for elementary credentials, must pass the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test.
  • Pass the Praxis subject matter test for each subject that will be taught.
  • Submit a fingerprint card and agree to a criminal background check.
  • Within three years of being employed, all teachers must pass tests on Nevada School Law, the Nevada Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. Testing may be waived if appropriate course work is completed.


Nevada welcomes teachers from other states and will evaluate each application for reciprocity on an individual basis. However, it specifically has no reciprocity with certain states and territories.

Job Outlook and Salaries for Nevada teachers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth for kindergarten and elementary school teachers is expected to be around 17 percent between now and 2020. This is greater than average. The median annual salary is $51,380.

For secondary teachers, the BLS predicts a job growth of seven percent, which is slower than average. This is due to changes in student-to-teacher ratio requirements. The median annual salary for secondary teachers is $53,230. If you’re wondering where the jobs are, see current job openings for teachers in Nevada.

For more information, see the NDE’s Office of Teacher Licensure, which is in charge of processing all applications for teaching certificates in the state. There are specific instructions on how to become a teacher in Nevada as well as information on several different types of licenses that are available.