As of April 2, 2018, Nevada has attempted to make applying and re-certifying easier for teachers by implementing the use of OPAL, an online system. If you are interested in learning how to become an elementary teacher in Nevada, continue reading.
Requirements for Nevada Elementary Teachers
|Average Salary for Elementary Teachers in Nevada*||$55,700|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Required Field||Elementary Education|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5712), Writing (5722), Mathematics (5732), Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications (5019)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017)
Step 1: Fulfill Education Requirements
Nevada's Department of Education has criteria that they look for when certifying teachers. For every teacher endorsement, you can seek out the specific requirements on the DOE website. For elementary teachers, prospective teachers must have a bachelor's degree with credits in certain subjects. So, for an elementary education degree, you must include 32 credits in elementary education courses. However, that is not all; these must also be broken down: eight credits in student teaching, nine credits in teaching methods, nine hours in literacy, and six hours in other childhood development or pedagogical classes. You must also have 18 semester hours in math, science, and social studies, since you will be in charge of teaching each of these subjects to students. Finally, you must also have three semester hours each in teaching students with disabilities and family engagement in learning.
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Step 2: Complete Testing Requirements
Part of getting certified typically requires teachers to be tested in the pedagogical and content knowledge areas. For all teacher in Nevada, they must complete the three exams called the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. Each one takes a subject - math, reading, and writing - and tests takers on the basic knowledge of those subjects. While the exams can be taken individually, they can also be taken together in a combined setting. However, each exam is individually graded, and you must earn a specific score or higher in order for it to count toward you certification:
- Math: 150
- Reading: 156
- Writing: 162
While many of the certificates require an additional pedagogy exam, what is called the PLT, elementary education endorsement is exempt from this. Instead, you will just need to take the Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications exam. This allows you to be certified in grades K-8. You will be given 170 minutes to complete this exam, which includes 120 multiple-choice and four constructed-response questions. You must earn a score of 155 or higher on this exam. This test includes several categories to be sure of your educational background:
- Reading and language arts
- Social studies
- Art, music, and physical education
Step 3: Have a Background Check Completed
Nevada, like many states, requires teachers to be fingerprinted and have a background check run. LiveScan locations allow you to be fingerprinted electronically, which runs the background check much more quickly than the paper version. For those who do not have access to or want to use LiveScan, a fingerprint card can be filled out and then sent to the Office of Educator Licensure. These cards must be form FD-258 from the FBI, since they are the ones who run the background check. This process typically takes around eight weeks.
Nevada Elementary Teacher Certification Resources
As with most states, there are exams that you must pass in order to receive licensure. Here are some resources that can help you study for these important exams.