The following is general information which pertains to applicants for all licenses and endorsements. For specific requirements for individual licensure areas, see our Specific Areas of Licensure page.
Information for All Applications
If you are applying for any Nevada educator license, you must meet the following requirements
Pursuant to NRS.391.060, you must be a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident of the United States with a valid Permanent Resident Card. If you are a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must show either a valid U.S. Passport or a Certificate of Naturalization. If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, but have legal immigration status which allows you to work in the United States, you may be licensed as an educator in Nevada only if a Nevada school district has offered you employment and provided you with a completed Notification of Offer of Employment form located on the Forms page.
You must meet all requirements for academic preparation, student teaching, and competency testing for the specific area of licensure for which you are applying. Available areas of licensure and endorsement are listed below. In some cases, full-time contracted teaching experience may waive student teaching requirements (see NAC 391.042). If you hold a current, unexpired educator license from another state you may be eligible for reciprocal licensure; see our Reciprocity page for more information.
A criminal background check is a requirement of all applicants for Nevada Department of Education licensure pursuant to NRS 391.033. In all cases, you will also have to background for your employer. Please note that your employer and the NDE do not share your information and you will need to do two separate background checks. Failure to background check for the NDE will result in denial of licensure and then you will need to reapply and repay the fees.
- The fastest option is to submit your fingerprints electronically via Livescan, if you choose to submit your fingerprints via Livescan, you must first complete your application online through OPAL and submit payment through the online system to the Office of Educator Licensure; you will then be sent an automated email with a hyperlinked list of NDE-approved Livescan vendors. We do not accept Livescan submissions from any state other than Nevada. Additional information on the background check process is available on our Background Process page. Other pages that will be of assistance are the Reciprocity and the Forms pages.
- The second option, and the only option you have if you currently reside outside of Nevada, is to submit one completed original fingerprint card (FBI form FD-258) to the NDE after you have applied through OPAL, please send the hard-chard directly to our Las Vegas office at:
Nevada Department of Education
Office of Educator Licensure
9890 S. Maryland Pkwy., Ste 221
Las Vegas, NV 89183
You may obtain fingerprint cards from any law enforcement agency or other agency that does fingerprinting, or the card may be downloaded and printed directly from the FBI's website by following the link below.
Information for First-Time Licensure Applicants
If you are applying for any Nevada educator license, including a substitute teaching license, for the first time, you will need to register for your online profile through OPAL and submit the following:
You may also find the Forms and Testing Requirements pages helpful for this section.
- A completed Application for Educator Licensure, available through OPAL registration, the web address is: https://online.nvdoe.org/#/
- One completed original fingerprint card, or Livescan submission of fingerprints (see above). Completing your Application through OPAL will generate an email with approved fingerprint vendors and their locations which will already have your information on file to fingerprint you and submit to the DPS and FBI on our behalf. Please bring your ID with you to the vendor and get fingerprinted within 7 days of submittal of application. Failure to fingerprint will result in delays for your license.
- Original transcripts issued by an accredited college or university and bearing the college or university seal:
- Transcripts do not need to be in a sealed envelope.
- If your transcripts are under a previous or different name, please also submit to the NDE a copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or other relevant court documentation proving the legal name change. You may upload this PDF document where you uploaded your PDF copy of your Driver's license on your OPAL application, or you may send to our email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Failure to do this may result in delays for your application up to and including you having to reapply for licensure and repay the associated fees.
- Electronic transcripts will be accepted only if they are transmitted directly to the Department of Education from an accredited college or university, or from a recognized clearinghouse such as eScript. All electronic transcripts should be emailed to email@example.com.
- A list of accredited institutions in the United States is available on the U.S. Department of Education's website at http://ope.ed.gove/accreditation/. Foreign transcripts must be accompanied by an original translation and course-by-course/degree equivalency evaluation completed by an approved evaluation service.
- A list of approved evaluation services is available at the bottom of this page. Any transcripts submitted to the Department after May 31, 2017 will not be returned.
- Competency testing scores reports. See our Testing Requirements page, or the specific requirements for your desired area of licensure below, for more information on required testing.
- Copies of any valid, unexpired teaching credentials from other states.
- Verification of teaching experience or work experience (for Business & Industry and Special Qualifications applicants only), if applicable (see the requirements for your desired area of licensure below). The Verification of Experience form may be downloaded from our Forms page.
- A copy of your valid, unexpired state-issued driver’s license or identification card, and/or proof of Permanent Resident status if not a U.S. citizen.
- Please submit payment in through OPAL in the form of Visa, MasterCard, or Discover in the amount of $180. No cash or personal checks will be accepted. Licensing fees are not refundable.
Information on Adding an Additional Endorsement
If you are applying for an additional endorsement or area of licensure to your existing Nevada educator license, you will need to register for your online profile through OPAL and submit the following:
- A completed Application for Educator Licensure, available through OPAL registration, the link is available on our Forms page.
- Proof of completion of all academic requirements for licensure in the specified area, in the form of original transcripts issued by an accredited college or university and bearing the college or university seal. Electronic transcripts are acceptable if sent directly to the Department of Education from the issuing institution or a recognized clearinghouse such as eScript. All electronic transcripts should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Paper Transcripts do not need to be in a sealed envelope. Any transcripts submitted to the Department after May 31, 2017 will not be returned.
- Competency testing score reports, if required. See our Testing Requirements page, or the specific requirements for your desired area of endorsement below, for more information on required testing.
- Verification of teaching experience or work experience (for Business & Industry and Special Qualifications applicants only), if applicable. The Verification of Experience form may be downloaded from our Forms page.
- Please submit payment through OPAL in the form of Visa, MasterCard, or Discover in the amount of $150. No cash or personal checks will be accepted. Licensing fees are not refundable.
Alternative Route to Licensure
The Alternative Route to Licensure program provides a non-traditional path to educator licensure for applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree but have not completed a traditional program of educator preparation. More information on the ARL program, as well as a list of provider agencies approved by the Nevada Commission on Professional Standards in Education, is available on our webpage for Alternate Routes to Licensure (ARL)
To determine which specific courses you will be able to teach with a given license or endorsement, check the appropriate Correlation Directory on our Educator Development and Support page.
Types of Licenses
Nevada issues the following types of educator licenses:
Non-Renewable/Provisional – A non-renewable/provisional license is valid for three years and issued to an educator who has certain deficiencies in coursework, testing, or student teaching but is otherwise qualified for licensure in Nevada. The deficiencies will appear as provisions on the license, which must be satisfied prior to the expiration date in order to upgrade the license to a standard or professional license.
Standard – A standard license may be issued to an educator who has met all requirements for licensure in Nevada and does not hold a graduate degree. It is valid for five years.
Professional – A professional license may be issued to an educator who has earned a master’s or more advanced degree or has earned National Board Certification, has at least three years of verifiable full-time teaching experience, and has met all other requirements for licensure. A professional license is valid for six years with a master’s degree, eight years with an Education Specialist degree, or ten years with a doctorate or National Board Certification.
Retiree – An educator who has retired with at least 15 years of service in Nevada public, charter or private schools may be issued a retiree license. A retiree license is valid for ten years.
An applicant for a Nevada educator license who submits a foreign transcript (i.e. any transcript issued by a college or university outside the United States) for consideration must submit an evaluation of that transcript performed by an independent evaluation agency which has been approved by the Nevada Commission on Professional Standards in Education (NAC 391.050). That evaluation must include:
- A photocopy of the transcript(s) evaluated
- An original course-by-course evaluation showing degree equivalency, completed by an approved evaluation agency.
- A photocopy of the translation of the transcript(s), if not in English.
A transcript from a Canadian college or university is only subject to the requirements above if it is in a language other than English.
Effective January 1, 2018, the Nevada Department of Education will accept foreign transcript evaluations from any evaluation agency which is a member of either the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) and will no longer accept evaluations from agencies who are not members of one of these two organizations.