Information for All Applicants
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 (in most cases) be required 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.
If you are applying or renewing 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 or Charter School has offered you employment and provided you with a completed Notification of Offer of Employment form linked below:
You must meet all requirements for academic preparation, student teaching, and competency testing for the specific area of licensure for which you are applying. In some cases, full-time contracted teaching experience may waive student teaching requirements, please see NAC 391.042 for more information.
Renewing Licensure Applicants Checklist
If you are renewing your license, you will need to first register for your online profile through OPAL and follow the checklist below:
Non-Renewable/Provisional Educator Licenses
A Non-Renewable/provisional Educator License may be upgraded to a Standard or Professional License once all provisions on the license have been satisfied. Test scores showing satisfaction of all provisions must be submitted through OPAL along with a completed renewal application. Original transcripts showing passage of required coursework must be submitted to our office at our mailing address or via e-Script to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that renewal credits or hours are NOT required for persons holding a “Non-Renewable/Provisional” license at the time that they are converting this license type to a Standard or Professional License.
Pursuant to NAC 391.065, which is detailed in R110-18, was amended after the Commission on Professional Standards in Education adopted new renewal requirements and was subsequently approved by the Legislative Commission on June 26, 2019. The new requirements became effective on July 1, 2019.
Changes to NAC 391.065 and 391.075.
- Renewals for licenses issued on or before June 30, 2019:
- Renewal requirements may be completed utilizing:
- 15 hours per year of professional development (new system); and/or
- 6 credits with each credit counting for 15 hours (previous system).
- The required total is 90 hours of professional development obtained during the course of the licensure period.
- Renewals for licenses issued on or after July 1, 2019:
- Repealed the requirements of NAC 391.075 to remove the restrictions imposed on activities and allow flexibility in obtaining professional development for licensure renewal.
- Updated the renewal requirements for educator licenses in NAC 391.065 requiring 15 hours per year of professional development or the equivalent of in-service training.
- 15 hours can be earned by:
- Allows for people with masters or more advanced degrees to have taught one (1) or more courses per year at a regionally accredited college or university in a subject that the licensee holds a license or endorsement area with a letter from their supervisor or department head attesting to the course(s) being taught.
- Allows for coursework completed at a regionally accredited college or university in any subject directly related to the profession of education or the area for which the license is endorsed.
- Allows for people with occupational licenses directly related to their license or endorsement areas to use the professional development hours to retain those occupational licenses as hours of professional development for their educator licenses.
- Allows for completion of the National Board (or successor organization) with a valid copy of the Certificate provided to the NDE at the time of renewal.
- Allows for people to develop and deliver in-service training(s) within their field(s) of specialization with a letter from their supervisor or department head attesting to the training(s) having been provided.
- Allows for coursework completed online with a certificate showing the number of contact hours to complete the online course.
- Allows for attending In-service training
- Obtained at any time (even during working/contracted hours).
- Provided by any person or entity including without limitation, a college, university, school or school district, regional training program as defined in NRS 391A.105, employee organization, or educational conference with a certificate or letter from provider showing the number of contact hours for activity.
- If the licensee is unable to complete the requirements during a calendar year, they are allowed a 1-year carry over into the next year. - For example - if they cannot complete 15 hours of professional development in year 2 of their licensure, they may complete 30 hours in year 3 of licensure.
- Does not require substitute teachers to obtain professional development hours.
- Does not require provisional license holders to obtain professional development hours.
Special Renewal Circumstances
Pursuant to NAC 391.073, a holder of a Retiree License, or a licensee submitting a letter from the Nevada Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) verifying retired status or a letter from employer stating that you have retired with proof of 15 combined years of teaching through Nevada Public Schools, Private Schools, and/or Charter Schools with a completed Verification of Experience form, does not need to complete any continuing education credits for renewal.
Special Requirements for Special License/Endorsement Types
Licensees who hold an educator license in any of the following areas are subject to special renewal requirements as detailed below:
Automotive Service Technology: Must submit proof of valid ASE certification as a master automobile technician, or proof of valid certification in all of the following areas: brakes; electrical and electronic systems; engine performance; and suspension and steering; see NAC 391.13065.
School Nurse: Must submit proof of current licensure by the State Board of Nursing.
School Psychologist: Must submit proof of current certification as a nationally certified school psychologist issued by the National School Psychology Certification System of the National Association of School Psychologists, or must complete the renewal requirements as detailed above;
School Social Worker: Must submit proof of current licensure by the Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers;
Renewing an Expired License
If your educator license has expired, you must reapply for licensure. Submit a completed licensure application though OPAL to the Office of Educator Licensure along with one completed and signed fingerprint card or have your prints taken electronically at one of our approved Livescan vendors after submittal and payment of the licensure fee. This must be paid at the time of application through our OPAL system.
If your expired license is a Standard or Professional License, you will need to submit proof of completion of 6 renewal credits or 90 professional Development hours as outlined above.
If your expired license is a Non-Renewable License/Provisional, you will need to submit test scores and/or transcripts showing that any remaining provisions on that license have been satisfied through your OPAL account.
Please note that any standard or professional licenses which licensees have allowed to expire are no longer “grandfathered” and will receive the new provision for Parental Involvement and Family Engagement Coursework. This is pursuant to NRS 391.019 and NAC 391.045 effective July 2015.
Information on Adding Additional Endorsements
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 add these endorsements on during the application process please make sure to include:
- Proof of completion of all academic requirements for licensure in the specified area(s), in the form of original transcripts issued by a regionally 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 email@example.com.
- Competency testing score reports, if required.
- Verification of teaching experience or work experience (for Administrators, Business & Industry and Special Qualifications applicants only), if applicable.
- Additional endorsements are $50.00 each and payable with a credit or debit card through OPAL.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I know what testing is required for Nevada licensure.
A: Please visit the Competency Testing link for more information on this.
Q: Which licenses or endorsements should I apply for?
A: All licenses and endorsements are covered by clicking on the links from the main webpage under the standard license requirements, special license requirements, or licensed personnel requirements.
Q: How much does it cost to renew my license and endorsements?
A: Currently the fee is $150 to renew your license and all endorsements which are on that license. If you wish to add on additional endorsements at the time of renewal, you may pay an additional $50 per endorsement.
Q: What if I previously held a license with the NDE, am I considered “grandfathered” in for anything and do I qualify for the $150 renewal fee?
A: No. If you allow your license to lapse, you are considered a “reapply” and treated as an initial licensee. There is no “grandfathering” of anything for holding a previous license with the NDE. In fact, you will be subject to all applicable regulation changes for any newly required provisions to be placed on your license and you will have to pay the $180 fee for the initial license and $50 for each additional endorsement you would want back on the license.