Become a Teacher in Nevada

Choose the statement that best describes you to jump to applicable information.

I AM...

Teaching in Nevada Snapshot

$58,090Secondary School Teacher Salary
$56,980Elementary School Teacher Salary
$9,320Public School Spending Per Student

All career and salary information pulled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 pupil expenditure information was provided by Governing


700 E. Fifth Street
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 687-9200

Explore Sponsored Degree Options in Education

Sponsored Online programs
University Name Type of Program Learn More Program Description
University of Southern California Master of Arts in Teaching Learn more about USC Rossier The online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education prepares you to become a transformative K–12 teacher. Through live online classes and enriching field experiences in your community, you can earn your MAT in less than 18 months without relocating.


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 update: 02/29/2020)


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):
    • 32 semester credits of courses in elementary professional education, including:
      • 8 semester hours of credit in supervised student teaching in kindergarten through eighth grade
      • 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
      • 9 credit hours in language arts or literacy
      • 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
    • 6 semester hours in mathematics
    • 6 semester hours in science
    • 6 semester hours in social studies
  • Middle School/Junior High (Grades 7–9):
    • 24 semester credits of coursework in professional education, including:
      • 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
      • 3 semester credits in special education or teaching English language learners
      • 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
      • 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
    • 24 credits in a major field or area of concentration (art, English, foreign language, mathematics, music, science, or social science)
  • Secondary (Grades 7–12)
    • 22 semester hours of credit as follows:
      • 8 semester hours of supervised teaching
      • A course in the methods and materials of teaching a field of specialization

Early childhood and special education licenses are also available.


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.



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 Teach.coms' Ultimate Guide to the Praxis Exams and read more about teacher certification tests on

Initial Teaching Certifications

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 or National Board Certification can qualify for a Professional License, renewable every 6, 8, or 10 years depending on the specific advanced degree.

Learn more from the Nevada Department of Education Office of Educator Licensure about earning your Nevada teaching credential or read more about getting a teaching credential on

Discover an 8-week Online Teaching Short Course from Harvard's Bok Center

Learn more about an 8-week short course from Harvard's Bok Center

Earn recognition of your ability to develop and deliver a memorable teaching experience when you receive a premier certificate from Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, in association with HarvardX, upon successful course completion.


Alternative Certification in Nevada

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

For more information about different types of certification, visit the Teach Nevada certification page.

Nevada Teacher Certification Information & Links

Return to the top

Transferring Your Certification

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. 

Return to the top

Jobs, Benefits, and Opportunities for Teachers in Nevada

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 finding a teaching job on

Nevada Teacher Salary and Incentives

The average salary for a school teacher in Nevada is around $57,000 to $59,000 depending on grade level taught, according to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nevada also provides incentives for educators to teach in at-risk schools.

Learn more about teacher salaries on

Nevada Teacher Benefits and Retirement

Nevada public school teachers are enrolled in the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada (PERS), and new teachers are eligible to receive benefits at age 65 after 5 years of service, at age 62 after 10 years, and at 55 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

Nevada Teacher Shortage Areas

A teacher shortage occurs when there are not enough teachers in key subject areas, which has been partly caused by years of teacher layoffs during the Great Recession, a growing student population and fewer people entering teacher preparation programs, according to the Learning Policy Institute.

The following is a list of teacher shortage areas in Nevada for the 2020-21 school year as reported by the U.S. Department of Education

  • Art
  • Theatre
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Combined Classroom
  • Early Childhood
  • English as a Second Language
  • Health
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education
  • World Languages
  • Support Staff

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.

Learn more about how to finance your Master's degree on

Career Advancement

Professional Development for Nevada Teachers

Professional development for Nevada teaching jobs is provided by a variety of organizations, rather than a single centralized one. Professional development opportunities range from 1-2 day workshops to in-service training programs.

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 may be able to achieve better results in the classroom and may have more job security and the potential for higher pay. Depending on the school district you are applying to work in, you may be compensated extra for holding an advanced degree.

Learn more about the benefits of a Master of Arts in Teaching vs. Master of Education on

Explore Sponsored Program Options in Education

Sponsored Online programs
University Name Type of Program Program Description
University of Southern California Master of Arts in Teaching The online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from the USC Rossier School of Education prepares you to become a transformative K–12 teacher. Through live online classes and enriching field experiences in your community, you can earn your MAT in less than 18 months without relocating.
Harvard University's Bok Center Advanced Certification in Teaching The 8-week Teaching and Learning Strategies for Higher Education online short course is delivered by Harvard’s Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, in association with HarvardX. Students in this course will engage deeply with the most relevant research on effective teaching methods in the higher education context, while refining their own practices, portfolio, and teaching philosophy.


Last Updated May 2020