How to Become a PE Teacher in Nevada

In Nevada, you can become a gym teacher for grades K-12 or a PE and health teacher for grades 7-12. To learn the steps necessary to earn either of these certifications, continue reading.

Being endorsed as a physical education (PE) teacher in Nevada means that you can work with nearly any grade level you desire. To learn more about the steps required to become a PE teacher in Nevada, read on.

Requirements for Nevada PE Teachers

Average Salary for All Other Teachers in Nevada (2017)* $47,090
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Education or Physical Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5712), Writing (5722), and Mathematics (5732); Physical Education: Content and Design (5095) OR Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5857) AND Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (5624)

Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Fulfill Education Requirements

Nevada has precise education requirements for each teacher endorsement. For those who want to become physical education teachers, you must have completed a teacher prep program. This should include student teaching in various grades from K-12. If you spend all your student teaching at one grade level, you will not be eligible for the K-12 endorsement, and instead will need to seek out either the K-9 or the 7-12 PE endorsement. This program can be what meets the teaching requirements that a bachelor's degree program in physical education alone may not. Some colleges do combine physical education and education programs to prepare you for endorsement.

As well as the student teaching, you will need to complete 22 credit hours in the foundations and methods of teaching PE. You will also need to take 42 semester hours of physical education and health lessons. You will need to have courses in each of these areas:

  • Team sports
  • Dance
  • Motor learning
  • Kinesiology
  • Physiology of exercise
  • Individual sports
  • First aid
  • Adapted physical education
  • Physical fitness
  • Activities for primary and intermediate grades
  • Testing and assessment
  • Psychology and social aspects for PE

Step 2: Complete Testing Requirements

To become a PE teacher in Nevada, you will need to take part in several tests to check for your content knowledge. All teachers are required to sit for the three Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exams. Each of these three tests will look at a subject: math, writing, and reading. The math and reading exams are made up of 56 multiple-choice questions apiece, while the writing exam is made up of 40 multiple-choice questions and two essays. In order to pass each of these exams, there are minimum scores that must be earned: writing - 162, math - 150, and reading - 156.

For those who are just focusing on PE endorsement, the Physical Education: Content and Design exam will test grade you in five categories: growth and development; management, motivation, and communication; planning, instruction, and student assessment; collaboration, reflection, and technology; and instructional design. You'll have two hours to answer 90 questions, and you must earn 164 or higher to pass.

Though the PLT is required for most teaching endorsements, it is not required for PE teachers. This is because you will need to be certified to teach all grade levels and not just elementary or secondary education. However, if you wish to be certified as both a physical education teacher and health teacher, you will need to take the Principle of Learning and Teaching (PLT) 7-12 exam. You will have two hours to complete 70 questions and four constructed-response questions. You must earn 157 on this exam.

You will also need to take the Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge exam if you want to include health in your endorsement. In 130 minutes you must answer 130 questions on health education and PE topics. You must earn 160 or higher to have it count toward your certification.

Step 3: Have a Background Check Completed

It takes around eight weeks for you to have a background check run by the state and the FBI. You will need to go to one of the local LiveScan locations to have a fingerprint taken. This is the best option for a quick and accurate background check. A form can be filled out and submitted with a fingerprint card, but there are a lot of specifics to using the paper version (heavy stock paper, colored ink, etc.), and you are not guaranteed a properly executed fingerprint.

Nevada PE Teacher Certification Resources

The testing requirements may seem a bit overwhelming, but you really only need to worry about the Core exams and the PE: Content and Design exams if you want to earn K-12 PE licensure. Below are some sources to help you prepare for those exams.


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