Nevada Teacher License Renewal

If you are a teacher in Nevada, you may find a time when your licensure is going to expire. In order to keep your license active, you will need to recertify. Look below to learn the requirements needed to recertify.

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Teachers in Nevada cannot apply for recertification until, at minimum, nine months prior to the expiration date for their licenses. This does not mean you can't keep up with other requirements, however. In this article, we'll look at the requirements needed to become recertified as a teacher.

Requirements for Nevada Teachers

Average Salary for Teachers in Nevada (2017)* $31,410 (Preschool), $55,700 (Elementary School), $57,500 (Middle School), $57,210 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Any (Education preferred)
Testing Requirements None

Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Step 1: Complete Professional Development Credits

As a certified teacher, you'll have five years before you need to recertify your license. One of the requirements for all license holders is to earn professional development credits. For recertification, you must earn six professional development credits. This can be earned in a few different ways. First, if you have a master's degree or higher, teaching a college-level course can earn you two credits. Other credits can be earned through college courses, but these must meet specific requirements. The courses must be:

  • Put toward an advanced degree program
  • Put toward enhancing your teaching methods
  • In a subject where there is a shortage of teachers

In other words, if you are a chemistry teacher, it would not make sense to take an introductory chemistry course or a course in art history.

The final way to earn these credits is through earning the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards' (NBPTS) National Board Certification. There are 25 different areas for certification, and you can only use this once for your professional development requirements. This will cover all six development credits.

Step 2: Apply for Recertification

In April 2018, Nevada implemented the OPAL system for efficiency and ease when certifying or recertifying. In order to recertify, you must first be registered with OPAL. This is simple, and only requires a few facts to set up your account, such as last four digits of your social security number and email. You will then be emailed a temporary password until you can set up your permanent account.

Along with submitting verification of your professional development credits and application, there are other things that must be included in your application process. You must also include a full set of fingerprints and payment of $150 fee. This can be paid electronically on the OPAL site or sent in with a paper application.

Nevada Recertification Resources

While recertification does not require you to take any exams, you may find yourself in need of one. For instance, should you choose to seek new endorsement or want to review your knowledge, then you want to be sure you have resources, like the one below, to help you review testing materials.

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