Nevada State-Mandated Testing
On May 23, 2017 Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law Senate Bill 20, as passed by the 79th Session of the Nevada Legislature. Due to the legislative change, Nevada Educator License holders are no longer required to demonstrate knowledge of Nevada School Law, the Nevada Constitution, or the U.S. Constitution through testing or coursework to maintain a license. The new law requires any licensed educator who is employed by a Nevada school district (except substitutes, as they are exempt from the requirement) to complete training in Nevada School Law and the Nevada Constitution as a condition of continued employment.
Existing licensees with outstanding provisions in these areas will have the provisions removed from their licenses automatically and will be contacted by their school districts with further instructions.
For specific questions about how this change to the law might affect your license, you may contact the Nevada Department of Education’s Office of Educator Licensure using the form to the right, Contact Educator Licensure.
Pursuant to NAC 391.036, all applicants for a Nevada educator license are required to pass the Praxis series of competency tests, which are administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). When taking any Praxis test, be sure to specify the Nevada Department of Education as a score recipient (recipient code 8670) if you would like ETS to transmit your test scores to us electronically. Test times and locations are listed on the ETS Praxis Testing website at http://www.ets.org/praxis/nv/requirements/.
Required testing for most licenses includes:
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - This is a series of three tests covering Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. The Praxis Core tests replace the Praxis I/Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) series of tests previously administered by ETS. You cannot combine passing test scores from the two series; if you have not previously passed all three parts of the PPST, you will need to take and pass all three of the Core Academic Skills for Educators tests in order to be licensed in Nevada. If you have previously passed all three portions of the PPST, you do not need to take the Praxis Core exams.
- Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) - This is a pedagogy test required for most areas of licensure. Two separate tests are offered, for grades K-6 and for grades 7-12. Applicants should take the Principles of Learning and Teaching test appropriate to the grade level for which they desire to be licensed.
- Content Area Tests - Many areas of licensure require content knowledge tests which are specific to the subject to be taught. To determine which content area test(s) may be required for a particular area of licensure or endorsement, visit the ETS Praxis Testing website at http://www.ets.org/praxis/nv/requirements/. If you already hold a valid Nevada educator license and are applying for an additional endorsement which would normally require content area testing, the content test for that endorsement will be waived.
Pursuant to NAC 391.056, an applicant for initial licensure who has not completed all required competency testing may be issued a non-renewable license valid for one year in order to complete the necessary tests.
Applicants who hold a valid, unexpired educator license from another state may be eligible for reciprocal licensure in Nevada. Visit our Reciprocity page to determine if your license qualifies for reciprocity. Educators who qualify for reciprocity based upon licensure in another state will still need to submit passing competency test scores from the state in which they are licensed, and will still need to satisfy all the state-mandated testing requirements. (see Reciprocity page)
NAC 391.036 provides for the following exceptions to Nevada's competency testing requirements.
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Applicants for licensure will not be required to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests if they have met one of the following requirements:
- Have passed the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST). You must submit a passing score report with your licensure application.
- Have earned a Master's or more advanced degree from a regionally accredited college or university, the receipt of which required the passage of the Graduate Record Examinations or an equivalent test.
- Have achieved, as evidenced by college or university transcripts, a 3.0 or higher overall GPA in undergraduate studies and have passed the Graduate Record Examinations with scores of at least 420 or 148 on the verbal portion of the examination, at least 460 or 142 on the quantitative portion, and at least 430 or 3.5 on the analytical portion of the examination or at least 3.5 on the analytical writing portion.
If you have taken and failed any portion of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, you have the option of passing an approved college or university course with a grade of B or higher to waive that portion of the Praxis Core exam series. Official transcripts must show that the course was taken after the date the failing Praxis score was reported. The following courses have been approved for this purpose by the Nevada Commission on Professional Standards in Education:
Praxis Core Reading:
Praxis Core Writing:
- College of Southern Nevada - Critical Reading (READ 135)
- Western Nevada College - College Reading Strategies (READ 135); Reading Improvement (READ 093)T
- Truckee Meadows Community College - College Reading Skills (READ 135)
Praxis Core Mathematics:
- University of Nevada, Reno - Composition I (ENG 101)
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Composition I (ENG 101) or Composition II (ENG 102)
- College of Southern Nevada - Composition I (ENG 101)
- Great Basin College - Composition I (ENG 101)
- Truckee Meadows Community College - Composition I (ENG 101)
- Western Nevada College - Composition I (ENG 101)
- Nova Southeastern University - Basic Writing (COMP 1000)
- Nevada State College - Composition I (ENG100)
- National University - Effective College English (ENG100)
- Regis University - Essentials of Effective English (EN200)
- University of Nevada, Reno - Fundamentals of College Mathematics (MATH 120)
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Fundamentals of College Mathematics (MATH 120)
- College of Southern Nevada - Fundamentals of College Mathematics (MATH 120)
- Great Basin College - Fundamentals of College Mathematics (MATH 120)
- Truckee Meadows Community College - Fundamentals of College Mathematics (MATH 120)
- Western Nevada College - Fundamentals of College Mathematics (MATH 120)
- Nova Southeastern University - Essential Mathematics (MATH 1000)
- National University - Beginning Algebra I (MTH12A)
- Nevada State College - Fundamentals of College Mathematics (MATH 120)
Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): An applicant for licensure who meets one of the following requirements will not be required to pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching test:
- Has applied for a license in one of the following areas: school counselor, school psychologist, school nurse, school social worker, speech and language impairments, business and industry, early childhood, early childhood developmentally delayed, or elementary.
- Submits to the Department official documentation indicating that the applicant has passed the Professional Knowledge Test prepared and administered by the Educational Testing Service
Praxis Content Area Exam: Applicants for licensure who meet one of the following requirements will not be required to pass the appropriate content area exam:
- Is applying for an endorsement in speech and language impairments and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
- Is applying for an endorsement in family and consumer sciences, and has completed the National Family and Consumer Sciences Certification Examination administered by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.