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Teaching Programs in Nevada

Though Nevada still has room to grow in its educational structure, the state boasts two of the highest paying cities for teachers in the U.S., even with the cost-of-living factored in. Teachers in Reno are paid at a rate of 2.7 times the cost of living for a single person, with teachers in Las Vegas being paid 2.77 times the same.

If you’re a motivated teacher who wants to guide change—and wish to live in a state that pays teachers decently and has a little something for everyone to enjoy—Nevada may be the perfect place for you.

How Can I Get a Teaching Degree in Nevada?

Below you’ll find everything you need to know about how to become a teacher in Nevada—a diverse and growing state with a mixture of urban, suburban, and rural schools.

Traditional Pathway to Becoming a Teacher in Nevada

Many people choose to become a teacher by following the steps of a traditional pathway, which means that they must:

  • Complete a teaching degree in Nevada from an accredited college, following a program that includes student teaching.
  • Pass all required competency tests for the area they plan to teach.
  • Complete an application for a license to teach in Nevada.

Becoming a Teacher through Alternative Certification or as a Career Switcher

Nevada knows that people often change careers for many different reasons, so they also provide an alternative route to licensure (ARL). These candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited school with a major or minor in the subject area they are applying to be licensed in.
  • Pass the required Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators assessment and the appropriate Praxis II subject area exams.
  • Be accepted into a program by a qualifying ARL provider.

All candidates must apply for a license through the Nevada Department of Education’s Online Portal for Application for Licensure (OPAL) and submit all required supporting documentation.

Career and Technical Education Teacher Certification in Nevada

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide instruction for grades 7-12 in the real-world skills needed to work in various industries. A CTE license allows an educator to teach these specific subjects.

CTE teachers must have a bachelor’s degree and complete a course in the methods and materials of teaching a field of specialization. They must also accrue three semester hours in career development and work-based learning, three semester hours in management of pupil organization, and a minimum of one year’s verifiable work experience in the area of their endorsement.

Nevada also offers a Business and Industry (BI) endorsement, which requires a high school diploma or equivalent, plus verified employment for at least five years in a position related to the subject being taught.

Teachers Moving to Nevada from a Different State

Teachers who move to Nevada and want to continue their career must undergo a criminal background check and meet all of the requirements for academic preparation—including student teaching and teaching experience—as well as passing all required exams.

Nevada also has reciprocity for teachers currently holding valid, non-provisional and non-conditional licenses from other states. In most cases, Nevada will waive the testing requirements and instead allow the state Department of Education staff to evaluate teachers on a license-for-license basis.

Out-of-state teaching applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, copies of scores from any relevant testing completed within the previous five years, copies of all teaching licenses and professional certificates, and a copy of a valid driver’s license, passport, or military ID.

Average Salaries and Projected Job Growth for Nevada Teachers

Clark County, Nevada, alone faced a shortfall of 750 teachers in 2019—in fact, teachers were in short supply throughout the entire state. As a result, school districts are increasing their recruiting efforts and developing mentorship networks, with legislature working to improve pay. Projected job growth is significantly higher than the national average of 3% to 4% for elementary and middle school teachers, which means that there may be more opportunities for you to find work in Nevada than in many other states.

Although Nevada’s major cities aren’t the most inexpensive places to live, the state is more affordable than neighboring California, as well as many other states.

Career Average Salary National Job Growth
Elementary School Teachers $56,970 14%
Middle School Teachers $58,460 14%
Secondary School Teachers $57,910 14%
Postsecondary Teaching *$69,728 Varies

Salary data from Bureau of Labor Statistics
Job Growth Data from Career One Stop
*Averaged from all postsecondary salaries

Teacher Training Programs in Nevada

The State of Nevada Department of Education has identified the colleges and universities that grant degrees and meet their standards for teaching programs within the state. Here are just a few:

Great Basin College (Elko)

Great Basin College (GBC) offers a variety of opportunities within its teacher education programs, encompassing Bachelor of Arts degrees in elementary education and secondary education, post-baccalaureate routes to licensure in elementary and secondary education, and associate degrees and certifications in early childhood-related fields.

2019-2020 Tuition

  • Resident undergraduates: $3,248 for full-time students
  • Non-resident undergraduates: $3,828 for full-time students

Nevada State College (Henderson)

Nevada State College (NSC) is home to 5,500 students. The School of Education offers nine bachelor’s degrees, ranging from general elementary education to specific secondary subjects and speech pathology. It also offers three post-baccalaureate certificates and a Master of Education degree in speech-language pathology. If you are majoring in a different topic but would like to minor in education, they have an option for you as well.

2020-2021 Tuition

  • Resident undergraduates: $175 per credit
  • Non-resident undergraduates: $6,500.60 per semester
  • Resident graduates: $236 per credit
  • Non-resident graduates: $6,500.50 per semester

Touro University Nevada (Henderson)

Education students at Touro University solely pursue degrees beyond the bachelor’s level, participating in Master’s in Education, Doctor of Education, parental involvement and family engagement licensure programs, and flexible advanced studies courses.

2020-2021 Tuition

  • Master’s Candidates: $2,340 per trimester
  • Doctoral Candidates: $3,660 per trimester

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The University of Nevada in Las Vegas (UNLV) is a top public research university located near the Las Vegas strip. It offers more than 300 majors, including dozens of education programs from the bachelor’s degree through doctoral levels. If there is something you want to teach or a subject you are particularly passionate about—such as multicultural education—this school likely offers a program for you.

2019-2020 Tuition

  • Resident undergraduates: $8,291 per year
  • Non-resident undergraduates: $23,342 per year
  • Resident graduates: $6,197 per year
  • Non-resident graduates: $21,247 per year

Nevada Teacher Resources

Whether you’re just starting your teaching program or already qualified and working in education, the following resources may prove useful:

Additional Education Degree Schools in Nevada
Sierra Nevada College (Incline Village, NV)
Subject(s):
Curriculum/Instruction, ESL/TESOL
Touro University (Henderson, NV)
Subject(s):
ESL/TESOL, Special Ed, Speech/Communications
University of Nevada-Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
NCATE accredited
Subject(s):
Administration, Art, Curriculum/Instruction, English/Language Arts, ESL/TESOL, History/Social Studies, Math, Reading/Literacy, Science
University of Nevada-Reno (Reno, NV)
NCATE accredited
Subject(s):
Art, Business, Career/Vocational, Curriculum/Instruction, English/Language Arts, ESL/TESOL, Foreign Languages, History/Social Studies, Math, Music, Phys Ed/Health, Reading/Literacy, Science, Special Ed, Speech/Communications
University of Phoenix (Henderson, NV / Las Vegas, NV / Nellis AFB, NV / Reno, NV)
Subject(s):
Administration, Adult/Higher Ed, Art, Curriculum/Instruction, English/Language Arts, Math, Reading/Literacy, Special Ed