Getting Started

    Basic Qualifications

    To apply for a teaching license in the State of Nevada, you must meet the following requirements:

    • Applicant must be a citizen of the United States or be a lawful permanent resident of the United States with a valid permanent residency (PR) card.
    • Degree(s) and semester credits must be submitted on official transcripts from regionally accredited colleges or universities.
    • Foreign transcripts must be accompanied by an original course-by-course and degree equivalency evaluation completed by an approved evaluation. (Acceptance of Foreign Transcripts
    • In some cases, full-time contracted teaching experience may waive student teaching.
    • If you have an expired Nevada license, you will need to clear all provisions that were originally placed on the license before you can reapply for any license. (Example: If you have an expired substitute license, all provisions must be cleared before you can reapply for the substitute license or a teaching license.)


    Nevada welcomes applicants from other states. If you hold a valid license from a state other than Nevada, follow the checklist suggestion to submit that license with your initial packet. The license may be used for reciprocal licensing and/or waiving testing requirements on an initial Nevada license.

      Testing Requirements

      Testing is required only for the initial license.  There are two types of testing provisions that could appear on your license, Nevada state-mandated testing and Praxis competency testing.  All provisions must be removed within three years from the date the license is issued*. 

        Nevada State-mandated Testing 

        Provisions of Nevada School Law, Nevada Constitution, and U.S. Constitution must be satisfied by achieving a minimum 70% passing score on approved examinations.
        Information regarding state-mandated testing can be found at University of Nevada, Reno web site. 
        Alternatively, you may satisfy state-mandated provisions by taking appropriate course work from the list of approved providers (pdf).  

          Competency Testing

          Nevada utilizes Educational Testing Service (ETS) for administration of The Praxis Series competency testing.  The Praxis Series website provides the latest testing and registration information (sample test questions, testing dates, testing locations, accommodations for non-native speakers and those with disabilities, fees, etc.) and news.

          Visit The Praxis Series website and select Nevada from the drop down menu for a comprehensive list of tests required and passing scores.   

          If you provide ETS with your social security number and our recipient code R8670 on the Registration Form, the Nevada Department of Education can receive your test scores electronically.   If your registration form is incomplete or incorrectly filled out, it will be incumbent upon you to submit an original score report to our office. 

          The Testing Exception Bulletin provides possible exemptions from testing. 

          Testing is only required in one license/endorsement area.  In some instances, more than one test could be required for an endorsement area.  Your employer can provide you with testing  requirements for purposes of becoming a Highly Qualified (HQ) Teacher under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. 

          *If you were issued a substitute license initially, you may be required to take testing for your initial teaching license. If you were issued a business and industry license initially, you may be required to take testing for your initial teaching license.  If you are reapplying for an expired license, you may be required to take testing for your reapplication.  If you are applying for a license listed in NAC 391.056, you will have to have Praxis testing completed before the issue of your license.

          Testing Exception Bulletin

             Testing Exceptions for Praxis I:  Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) 

            Initial licensure applicants who have met one of the following waivers:

             1.  Have passed the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST).
             2.  Have earned a Master's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or
            3.  Met the following minimum scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE):
                    a. Verbal: 420/148;
            b. Quantitative: 460/142;
            c. Analytical: 430 or 3.5; and
             d. Have completed an undergraduate degree with a 3.0+ GPA identified on an
            official transcript.
            4.  Course workwaiver list for PPST.

               Testing Exceptions for Principles of Learning and Teaching Tests (PLT)   

              Initial licensure applicants who qualify for one of the following waivers:

              1. Have applied for one of these licenses: school counselor, school psychologist, school nurse, school social worker, speech/language impairments, business and industry, early childhood education, early childhood developmentally delayed, or elementary.
              2. Have passed Physical Education: Content & Design (0095).
              3. Initial licensure applicants who have taken a subject specific pedagogy test in
                one of the following: 

                  a. Biological Science (0234)
                b.English (0043)
                c.Mathematics (0065)
                d.Physical Science (0483).  


                 Testing Exceptions for Praxis II: Subject Assessments

                Initial licensure applicants who qualify for one of the following waivers:

                     1.  Provide the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence
                     2.  Provide ASHA passing score of 146 on Speech-Language Pathology (Test
                3.  Provide completion of the American Association of Family and Consumer
                Sciences (AAFCS)/ Council for Certification (CFC) National examination:
                Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) - composite examination.