Teacher Certification Exams

Nevada Teacher Certification Exams

Nevada law requires a three part examination for college students planning to become teachers to demonstrate mastery of basic skills, professional knowledge, and content area of specialization.

Information about the Nevada requirements can be found by visiting https://www.ets.org/praxis and selecting Nevada. Study materials for the exams can be found at https://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials.

The exams required are:

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/
California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/test_info_CBEST.asp
Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) https://www.ets.org/praxis
Praxis Subject Assessments for each area of certification

In addition, you may test out of the Nevada and Constitutional Law class by following the instructions found at http://www.unr.edu/education/academic-programs/law.

It is important that you prepare for these exams. Admission into Advanced NevadaTeach status is conditional upon passing the Praxis Core or CBEST, and teaching licensure is conditional upon passing the PLT, Subject Assessments, and Nevada Law.

NevadaTeach recommends the following schedule for taking the parts of the required exams. This schedule allows enough time to retake the exam before applying for Apprentice Teaching:

  • Take the Praxis Core or CBEST by the end of Knowing & Learning (NVTC 201), prior to applying for Advanced NevadaTeach status
  • Take the PLT and Subject exam during Project-Based Instruction (NVTC 401)
  • Take Nevada Law at any time prior to applying for your teaching license.

All exams must be taken prior to applying for a teaching license.