Become a Teacher in Nevada

Nevada Highlights

Avg. Elementary School Teacher Salary $53,960
Avg. Secondary School Teacher Salary $54,150
Vacation Weeks per Year 15
Pupil/Teacher Ratio 20.61
Expenditure per Pupil $8,414

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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Nevada Teacher Shortage Areas

  • Alternative Education (7–12)
  • Art (K–12)
  • Adult Education
  • Agriculture Mechanics
  • Audiologist
  • Career and Technical Education - Early Childhood
  • Chinese (6–12)
  • Computer Application (9–12)
  • Computer Networking (9–12)
  • Computer Programmer (6–12)
  • Computer Website Design (9–12)
  • Dance (9–12)
  • Drama (7–12)
  • Early Childhood
  • Earth Science
  • Elementary
  • English (6–8)
  • ESL
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Food Production and Management
  • French (7–12)
  • Geography (6–12)
  • Gifted and Talented (K–12)
  • Gifted and Talented Science (7–12)
  • Health (K–12)
  • Hearing Impairment
  • History (6–12)
  • Humanities
  • Industrial Arts (Woods/Metals)
  • Journalism (9–12)
  • Latin (7–10)
  • Life Skills (6–12)
  • Mathematics (6–12)
  • Math - Algebra (7–12)
  • Math - Calculus
  • Music (K–12)
  • Orientation/Mobility
  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Reading (6–8)
  • Physical Education (K–12)
  • Psychology (9–12)
  • Science (7–8)
  • Biology (9–12)
  • Chemistry (7–12)
  • Physics (7–12)
  • Social Studies (7–12)
  • Spanish (K–12)
  • Special Education
    • Adaptive Physical Education
    • Autism (Early Childhood and K–12)
    • Early Childhood
    • Generalist (K–12)
    • Highly Qualified English (9–12)
    • Highly Qualified Social Studies (9–12)
    • Intellectual Disability/Multiple Handicap (K–12)
    • Visually Impaired (K–12)
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Welding

Teacher Shortage information was provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Listings for 2016–2017, and was determined by examining the most recent data about unfilled teaching positions; positions filled by teachers certified by irregular, provisional, temporary, or emergency certification; and teachers teaching in subject areas other than their area of preparation.

Steps to Becoming a Teacher in Nevada

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 10/24/2016

To earn an initial teaching certification in the state of Nevada, teaching candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Step One: Complete a bachelor’s degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
  • Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.
  • Step Three: Pass required exams.
  • Step Four: Submit a Nevada teaching credential application.

Continue below for more information.

Earn Your Nevada Teaching Credential

To earn your Nevada teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. Nevada issues a Non-Renewable License (3 years) to novice teachers who have certain deficiencies in coursework, testing, or student teaching. Once a teacher becomes eligible for a Standard License, it is renewable every 5 years. Teachers with at least 3 years of experience and a graduate degree can qualify for a Professional License, renewable every 6, 8, or 10 years depending on the specific advanced degree.

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Step One: Prerequisite Coursework in Nevada

All states require at least a bachelor’s degree to teach. In Nevada, each field or subject area has specific requirements.

  • Elementary Education (Grades K–8):
    • Thirty-two (32) semester credits of courses in elementary professional education, including:
      • Eight (8) semester hours of credit in supervised student teaching in kindergarten through eighth grade
      • Nine (9) semester hours of credit in methods of teaching elementary subjects, which must include methods of teaching elementary mathematics, methods of teaching elementary science, and methods of teaching elementary social studies
      • Six (6) semester hours of credit in professional education coursework, which must include coursework in at least two of the following subjects: classroom management, English as a second language, technology, evaluation of pupils, child development, special education, social and cultural issues
    • Six (6) semester hours in mathematics
    • Six (6) semester hours in science
    • Six (6) semester hours in social studies
    • Three (3) semester credits in a course of study regarding parental involvement and family engagement
    • Three (3) semester hours of credit in education or curricular adaptation for pupils with disabilities
  • Middle School/Junior High (Grades 7–9):
    • Twenty-four (24) semester credits of coursework in professional education, including:
      • Eight (8) semester credits of supervised student teaching in a designated middle school or junior high school
      • A course in teaching methods for the major or minor field of specialization
      • Three (3) semester credits in special education or teaching English language learners
      • Three (3) semester credits in a course of study regarding parental involvement and family engagement
      • Six (6) semester credits in two of the following areas: middle school foundations, history, theory, or philosophy; middle school curriculum, pedagogy, or assessment; adolescent growth and development; nature and needs of the adolescent, including social, emotional, and cultural concerns; classroom management strategies; supervision and evaluation of programs and pupils in a middle school
      • Six (6) semester credits in any of the following: ESL/bilingualism or biculturalism, educational technology, tests and measurement, educational psychology, education of the exceptional child, multicultural education, educational research
    • Twenty-four (24) credits in a major field or area of concentration (art, English, foreign language, mathematics, music, science, or social science)
  • Secondary (Grades 7–12)
    • Twenty-two (22) semester hours of credit as follows:
      • Eight (8) semester hours of supervised teaching
      • A course in the methods and materials of teaching a field of specialization
      • Three (3) semester credits in a course of study regarding education or curricular adaptation for pupils with disabilities
      • Three (3) semester credits in a course of study regarding parental and family engagement

Step Two: Nevada Teacher Certification Programs

Teacher certification programs can be taken online or on-site. They typically include an educational theory and classroom skills seminar and a fieldwork component of student teaching in the area. A list of approved teacher preparation programs in Nevada can be found on the U.S. Department of Education Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

Step Three: Required Tests for Nevada

Most states require tests to show competency in basic skills as well as in the desired subject area. Nevada requires the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests for basic skills, the Praxis II: Subject Tests in your specialty area, and the Praxis II PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) Grades K–6 or 7–12 for teaching those grade levels. Candidates for licensure are also required to demonstrate knowledge of Nevada School Law, the Nevada Constitution, and the United States Constitution. This requirement may be satisfied either through testing or through college/university coursework.  

You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep.

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The Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT) is for aspiring teachers who want to gain the skills and knowledge they need to become great educators.

The online Master of Science in Teaching program prepares aspiring teachers (grades 1-6) for initial teaching certification or dual certification in teaching and special education.

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Alternative Teacher Certification in Nevada

Nevada has several alternative certification programs and a Troops to Teachers program for returning military personnel.

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Benefits of a Master's Degree in Nevada

It is no longer enough to just have years of experience of teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A master's degree in the field of education can give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor.

After a master's program, you will be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay. In the Clark County School District, which includes Las Vegas, teachers holding a master’s degree can earn at least $7,000 more annually than those with only a bachelor’s degree, according to 2015–2016 data from the National Council on Teacher Quality. In Washoe County, including Reno, the salary differential can be over $8,000, according to 2015–2016 data from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

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Certification Reciprocity in Nevada

Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another state. The Nevada Department of Education will accept some teaching credentials from other states on applications for a reciprocal license. To find out which other state teaching licenses can be used in Nevada, visit the reciprocity page. Or, for more specific questions about your situation, contact the Nevada Department of Education.

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Financial Aid in Nevada

Nevada residents are eligible for the Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship as well as the TEACH Grant, a grant that gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need field in a low-income area.

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Nevada Teacher Salary and Incentives

The average salary for an elementary school teacher in Nevada is $53,960, and the average salary for a secondary school teacher is $54,150, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nevada also provides incentives for educators to teach in at-risk schools. For a sample salary schedule from Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada, see the Washoe County School District Teacher Salary Schedule for 2016–2017. Learn more about teacher salaries.

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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Nevada Teacher Benefits and Retirement

Nevada public school teachers are enrolled in the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada (PERS), and are eligible to receive benefits at age 65 after 5 years of service, at age 60 after 10 years, and at any age after 30 years of service. Non-retirement benefits include health care coverage, long-term disability insurance, basic life insurance, and deferred compensation. Learn more about benefits for teachers on

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Professional Development for Teachers in Nevada

Professional development for Nevada teaching jobs is handled by regional organizations, known as Regional Professional Development Programs (RPDP), rather than a single centralized one. Professional development opportunities range from 1-2 day workshops to in-service training programs.

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Nevada Teaching Jobs

Nevada has partnered with to create a teacher job site where aspiring teachers can easily find jobs in Nevada, and schools with vacancies or shortages can find qualified applicants. The Nevada Department of Education also maintains a list of links to jobs open in individual school districts. Learn more about

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