Specific Areas of Licensure


Nevada offers licenses and/or endorsements in the following areas. For general information on applying for any license, please see our General Licensure Information page.

Substitute Teaching License

Allows an educator to work as a substitute teacher at any grade level.

Early Childhood (Birth – 2G) License

Allows an educator to teach children in programs of early childhood education or in grades K-2.

Elementary (K-8) License

Allows an educator to teach all subjects in grades K-8.

Middle School (7-9) License

Allows an educator to teach specific subjects in grades 7-9. A middle school license does not qualify a licensee to teach ninth grade in a high school setting pursuant to NAC 391.113. An applicant for a middle school license must meet the requirements for a major field of endorsement or area of concentration as outlined on the qualification sheet below, in addition to the general academic requirements. A holder of an existing middle school license may add additional subject area endorsements to that license by meeting the requirements for a minor field of endorsement.

Secondary (7-12) License

Allows an educator to teach specific academic subjects in grades 7-12. In addition to meeting all coursework and testing requirements for secondary licensure as specified in the Secondary Academic qualification sheet below, an applicant must also meet the requirements for at least one major field of endorsement listed below. Additional minor fields of endorsement may be added to an existing secondary license by meeting the requirements for each desired field.

The following subjects may be added to a secondary license as major or minor fields of endorsement:

Secondary (7-12) Business and Industry License

Allows an educator to teach specific occupational subjects in grades 7-12. A Business and Industry endorsement may be issued in any program of career and technical education set forth in NAC 389.803, or in Ethnic Music, Ethnic Dance, Dance Performance, or Military Science.

Secondary (7-12) Career and Technical Education (CTE) License

Allows an educator to teach specific career and technical subjects in grades 7-12. In addition to meeting the basic CTE licensure requirements outlined at the link below, an applicant must also meet specific requirements for each desired area of endorsement.

The following comprehensive major and minor areas of endorsement may be added to a secondary Career and Technical license:

Special Qualifications License

Allows an educator to teach specific academic subjects in grades 7-12. Special Qualifications licensure is based upon a combination of college coursework and work experience in lieu of traditional educator preparation.

Special Licenses/Endorsements – Various Grade Levels

Allows an educator to teach a specific subject either at the grade level of his or her existing license, or at any grade level K-12, depending on the area of the endorsement. For qualifications, see the list of available licenses and endorsements below.

Special Education License

Allows an educator to teach exceptional pupils in a given area of specialization. See the list of available endorsements below for specific qualifications within each area.

Licensed School Personnel

Allows an educator to work as a school administrator, or in positions such as school nurse and school counselor which require specialized knowledge, professional licensure by an industry governing body, or both. See the list of available endorsements below for specific qualifications within each area.