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Special Education Teacher Requirements in Nevada

If you have a passion for helping students with disabilities, then consider a career as a special education teacher. In Nevada, there are specific education and testing requirements that must be completed to earn licensure.

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Nevada has 11 different special education licenses to accommodate the wide range of student needs. For instance, those with visual impairments may not need the same type of assistance that someone with a learning disability would. Here, we'll look at the requirements for the Generalist licensure.

Requirements for Nevada Special Education Teachers

Average Salary for Special Education Teachers in Nevada (2017)* $55,130 (Preschool)
$51,860 (Kindergarten & Elementary School)
$52,740 (Middle School)
$58,170 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Special Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics; Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications; and Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 or Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Understand the Different Endorsements

It is important to note that each of the 11 endorsement areas has its own requirements. For instance, the endorsement for orientation and mobility requires teachers to hold a bachelor's degree in orientation and mobility, while an endorsement for visually impaired asks for a program that contains courses in braille, physiological aspects of blindness, and social aspects of blindness. For the purposes of this article, we'll look at the ''Generalist'' (K-12) endorsement. The other ten endorsements are:

  • Adapted Physical Education (for PE teachers)
  • Alternative Education (Grades 7-Adult)
  • Autism Special
  • Early Childhood Developmentally Delayed (Ages 0-7)
  • Gifted and Talented Education
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Intellectual Disabilities (K-12)
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Speech and Language Impairments
  • Visual Impairments

With all endorsements, you'll be asked to get fingerprinted and have a criminal background check run by the FBI. This is standard for all Nevada teachers.

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Step 2: Complete Education Requirements

Nevada is very specific when it comes to the education requirements for licensure. While you may not necessarily need to have a degree in special education, there are many specific courses that must be completed in order for your education to meet the requirements.

You must have completed three credits of a course about parental involvement in the classroom. Along with this, there are some options of which degree or teacher preparation program you could take. However, so long as your bachelor's program includes eight semester credits of student teaching students with disabilities and 30 credit hours in the following areas, you will be set.

  1. Human growth and development
  2. Methods for teaching math/reading
  3. Educational psychology
  4. Characteristics of the disabled
  5. Special education
  6. Assessing those with disabilities
  7. Parental involvement
  8. Behavior management
  9. Curriculum development
  10. Transition planning for those with disabilities to live and work independently

Step 3: Complete Testing Requirements

As mentioned before, there are exams to be taken for the varying endorsements. The Generalist license requires three assessments. The first is the the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators series, which is typically taken during your education step. The series consists of three exams that test your knowledge in math, reading, and writing. In order to pass the series, you must earn specific scores on each exam: 162 on writing, 150 on math, and 156 on reading.

The next exam that must be taken is the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test. There are two options options for the PLT: K-6 and 7-12. Both exams include 70 multiple-choice questions and four analyses of instructional scenarios. You'll have two hours to complete either exam. The K-6 exam has a minimum passing score of 160, and the 7-12 exam requires a score of 157 or higher.

Finally, you'll need to take the Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications exam. You must earn a score of 159 or higher. This assessment has 120 questions in five categories: instruction, assessment, professional responsibilities, planning and the learning environment, and development and characteristics of learners.

Nevada Special Education Teacher Certification Resources

With three exams needed for special education licensure, the following links can really help you. Use these to study for each exam.

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