There are two types of substitute teacher certification in the state of Nevada: emergency substitute license and substitute license. In this article, we'll look specifically at the substitute license requirements, since the emergency license is for long-term teaching solutions, and is not as common.
Requirements for Nevada Substitute Teachers
|Average Salary for Substitute Teachers in Nevada (2017)*||$27,230|
|Required Degree||Associate's Degree|
|Required Field||Any (Education preferred)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Be a U.S. Citizen
While this may seem a bit unusual, this is the first step to earning licensure as a substitute teacher. You must be a natural citizen of the U.S. If you are not, you must have a valid permanent resident card. If you are from another country and would like to teach in Nevada, consider becoming a permanent U.S. citizen and earn that resident card.
Step 2: Have the Education
Though the emergency substitute license only requires a high school diploma, the traditional substitute license requires you to have completed a minimum of 60 college-level credits. At most colleges, this is an associate's degree program, though some may ask for more credits to earn the degree. If you are aware that you want to become a substitute teacher, you should consider studying education or elementary education in an associate's degree or certificate program. In these programs, you may spend time in classrooms during a student teaching, but you will also learn about child/human development. You will generally spend some time on subjects like assessment, observations, curriculum planning, teaching technologies, classroom management, special education, and diversity in the classroom.
Step 3: Background Check
All prospective teachers are expected to have a background check completed in Nevada. In order to do this, you may go to any LiveScan location in Nevada and have your fingerprints taken. If you are from outside of Nevada, you cannot use a local LiveScan. You must have your fingerprints taken in Nevada or submit them through the paper route. Once this has been done, the FBI will run your background check and look for any criminal behavior that could impact your licensing.
Nevada Substitute Teacher Certification Resources
There are currently no testing requirements to become a substitute teacher in the state of Nevada. However, should you choose to expand your teaching certificate to a standard one, you may find yourself taking one of the many Praxis exams that are required. This link provides you with courses, study guides, and practice tests to help you prepare for any Praxis exam.