Teaching License & Required Testing

Nevada Department of Education Information

The Nevada Department of Education website outlines all requirements, fees, stipulations, and licensure descriptions/types; it also provides Nevada Teacher Licensure forms online as well as additional resources.  Its information on teachable majors is a great starting point for students interested in Secondary Education.

Required Testing

All required testing must be completed before student teaching.

1. Praxis Core or CBEST: Register for the exam during your the first semester.

2. Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 or 7-12, depending on your desired credential.

3. Praxis II:

Nevada School Law, Nevada Constitution, & U.S. Constitution:

All students must pass an exam or course equivalency for Nevada School Law, Nevada Constitution, and United States Constitution.  Sierra Nevada College offers this course each semester at a discounted tuition rate. Please see the course schedule for course dates and times.

For more information on required testing visit the Praxis Education Testing Nevada Requirements webpage.

Getting Your License

Applying: visit the Nevada Dept. of Education Application Page for the application, a checklist, and requirement information. An official transcript will be required.

Time Required: in Northern Nevada it usually takes two weeks or less, after application, to receive your license.  In Southern Nevada it can take up to 12-14 weeks.

Provisional Licenses: if you have passed student teaching but have not passed all required tests you are eligible to apply for a provisional three-year non-renewable teaching license.

California Teaching Credential: Many SNC Teacher Education students will teach in California. A California Teaching Credential can be obtained with a valid Nevada Teaching License. Applicants have 5 years after their initial credential is issued to complete California’s required testing.

Visit the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing website for the specific requirements for obtaining your California Credential. Select your credential and find the information under “Out-of-State Prepared Candidates”.