How to Become a Preschool or Kindergarten Teacher in Nevada

Jan 02, 2019

It is important to have a broad understanding of the path to licensure in becoming an early education teacher in Nevada. Read about the requirements including degrees and tests for a better idea of how to become a preschool or kindergarten teacher.

Prospective preschool and kindergarten teachers in Nevada will need to pursue a degree in early childhood education. If you are a US citizen or have legal immigration status, you can apply for licensure and become an early childhood educator in the state.

Nevada Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Nevada (2017)* $31,410 (Preschool), $55,030 (Kindergarten)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Early Childhood Education
Testing Requirements Praxis: Core, Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6, Education of Young Children, Early Childhood Education

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

Anyone wishing to teach young children in Nevada first needs to pursue an approved and accredited teacher preparation program which comes in the form of a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. For students already residing in the state, there are nine colleges in Nevada that offer early childhood education programs. Courses on child development and pedagogical principles are commonly offered as part of an education degree. Though every program will have different course listings, all may include variations of classes like:

  • Teaching Communication Skills to Young Children
  • Strategies for Teaching Children with Disabilities
  • Exceptionalities of the Young Child
  • Early Childhood Literacy Development

Students who took their degree in Nevada will also need to complete student teaching in an approved district in the state.

Step 2: Pass All Required Praxis Tests

Praxis exams in Nevada range from $50-$210. The first set of Praxis exams required in the state of Nevada is the Core series. These tests include a math exam, a reading exam, and a writing portion. The math exam is 85 minutes long and requires 56 questions. Questions cover number and quantity, algebra and functions, and more. The reading portion is also 85 minutes long and made up of 56 questions. It covers key ideas in reading passages, craft, structure, and other literary principles. The writing exam is 40 questions long and has two essays. Test-takers have 100 minutes to complete questions about text types, language skills, and researching skills for writing.

Next, teachers will take the Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 exam. It is 2 hours long and made up of 70 multiple-choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions. Topics cover students as learners, instructional processes, and professional development.

Finally, teachers will take the Education of Young Children exam and the Early Childhood Education exam. The Education of Young Children test is 150 minutes long and has 120 multiple-choice questions with 3 written-response questions. The test covers child development, developmentally appropriate practices, and content pedagogy. The Early Childhood Education test is also 2 hours long and made up of 120 multiple-choice questions covering, language and literacy, math, science, and more.

Step 3: Complete Certification Application

Finally, teachers can begin the application process when all Praxis testing has been completed. The first step is to fill out an online application through OPAL, Nevada's online licensure tool. Applicants will need to be fingerprinted, as well. All official transcripts and test scores will be submitted in addition to a copy of a valid state-issued ID. Finally, the $180 application fee can be submitted online. When all of those steps are finished, teachers can receive their standard license which they can use for five years.

Resources for Future Nevada Teachers

Praxis exams are important to the application process, but students can begin studying long before the test day. Check out the guides to the Core exam, Early Childhood and Education of Young Children exams below for some helpful hints.

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