One of Nevada's 2020 goals is to provide all students with effective educators, and another is to help all students learn in safe environments. Secondary school teachers have the power to bring both of these goals to life in their classrooms once they become licensed.
Nevada Salary Information and Requirements
|Average Salary for Secondary Teachers in Nevada (2017)*||$57,210|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Education, content area(s)|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core, Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12, subject exams|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Graduate from an Approved, Accredited Program
Anyone interested in teaching secondary school in Nevada should begin by graduating from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program. Students need to have a degree in their content area, as well. For example, a future math teacher would pursue a degree in mathematics and teacher education. Each preparation program will be somewhat different, but most will highlight similar pedagogical principles. For instance, most will have versions of courses like:
- Reading and Writing in the Content Area - Secondary School
- Classroom Management - Secondary Education
- Managing Student Behavior
- Aspects of Learning in the Content Area
All secondary school teachers will also complete courses related to their content areas. For instance, English teachers may take classes including literature and literacy. All students will complete teaching internships prior to graduation.
Step 2: Pass All Required Praxis Tests
After students have graduated from a teacher preparation program, they can begin taking the required Praxis exams. First, teachers will take the Praxis Core series. This series is made up of three tests: reading, writing, and mathematics. Together, they cost $150 to take. The reading exam takes about 85 minutes and is made up of multiple-choice questions. The writing exam is 100 minutes long and 2 essays in addition to a series of multiple-choice questions. The math exam is 85 minutes long and has both multiple-choice questions and numeric-entry questions.
Next, teachers will take the 2-hour Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 exam. The test is made up of 70 multiple-choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions. Topics range from students as learners to assessment and professional development.
Finally, teachers will need to take the applicable subject exam in order to become certified in the area of their choice. For instance, a future biology teacher will take the Biology: Content Knowledge exam, while a future psychology teacher will take Psychology. Double-check with an advisor prior to signing up for Praxis exams to make sure that you enroll in the right one.
Step 3: Fill out the Certification Application
When all Praxis tests have been completed, teachers will need to register with Nevada's online system, OPAL. This system will guide teachers through all the steps required to apply for certification. Teachers will have to complete a criminal background check. All transcripts and Praxis scores must be submitted to the state's Department of Education along with a copy of a state-issued ID and an application fee of $180. When all materials are submitted, secondary school teachers will be ready to find a teaching position in Nevada.
Resources for Future Nevada Teachers
There are many different resources online pertaining to the Praxis exam, including guides for the Core exams, the Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12, and all subject exams. Teachers and students can check out the guides below to get a better idea of what each test holds in store.