According to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation, there were 1,764 preschool teachers in Nevada in 2013. By 2015, this number is projected to increase to 1,840; and by 2022 it is expected that Nevada will be home to 2,383 preschool teachers.
The Nevada Department of Education’s Office of Special Education, as well as the State of Nevada, Department of Health and Human Resources, Welfare Division, Office of Early Care and Education, join to support Nevada’s pre-k content standards. These standards are used as guidelines for teachers when developing learning experiences for the state’s youngest learners.
Early childhood is recognized as birth through second grade in Nevada. All preschool teachers in public settings must hold a state-issued teaching license. To achieve state licensure to teach preschool in Nevada, you must complete the following steps:
|Complete an Approved Educator Preparation Program in Early Childhood Education|
|Pass the Required Praxis Examinations|
|Apply for an Initial Teaching License in Nevada|
|Renew your Teaching License|
Step 1. Complete an Approved Educator Preparation Program in Early Childhood Education
The most streamlined approach to teaching preschool in Nevada for most applicants is through the completion of an approved teacher education program in early childhood education at either the bachelor’s or master’s degree level.
If you have not completed an approved teacher education program in Nevada, you may still qualify for an early childhood endorsement if you have completed at least 35 semester hours of courses in early childhood education for children who are developing both typically and atypically; these hours must include:
- 6 semester hours in child development and learning, with the content courses in diversity in culture, language, and ability; AND
- 12 semester hours in early childhood curriculum and program implementation that includes at least one course in the following subjects:
- Language and literacy
- Mathematics and science
- Social studies
- Strategies for working with children and disabilities
- 3 semester hours in early childhood curriculum and program implementation, consisting of courses in any of the following subjects:
- Curriculum for infants and toddlers
- Early childhood classroom management
- Integrated curriculum
- Play theory and creativity
- Positive discipline and guidance for young children
- 3 semester hours in family and community relations, including working with families
- 3 semester hours in assessment and evaluation for early childhood education
- 8 semester hours of student teaching involving pupils in at least two different age groups, one of which must have included children in the first or second grade and one of which must include children of any age from birth through kindergarten; at least one group must have included children with and without disabilities
Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL)
You may also achieve licensure through the Nevada Department of Education’s Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL) program. To qualify for an early childhood education teaching license in Nevada through an ARL program, you must:
- Be accepted into an alternative route to licensure program through a qualified provider
- Possess a bachelor’s degree from a postsecondary institution that is regionally accredited
- Pass a competency examination in basic reading, writing, and mathematics (Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, see step 2)
- Hold a major or minor in early childhood education
You can learn more about Nevada’s ARL program here.
Step 2. Pass the Required Praxis Examinations
All candidates for licensure must take and pass the following Praxis examinations:
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core): This examination consists of three core exams, which may be taken separately or at the same time:
- Praxis Content Area Examinations:
You can learn more about the Praxis examination requirements in Nevada, including instructions on registering and scheduling here.
Step 3. Apply for an Initial Teaching License in Nevada
Upon completing all of the necessary pre-licensure requirements, you must apply for a teaching license to teach preschool, which requires submitting a complete application packet. This includes:
- Completing and signing an Initial Licensure Application (includes a fingerprint authorization form)
- Submitting official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you attended (must include a seal of the university and the registrar’s signature)
- Completing a Form FD-258 fingerprint card
- Enclosing an initial application fee of $161 (made payable to the Nevada Department of Education)
- Enclosing a Verification of Teaching Experience form (if applicable)
- Enclosing a Verification of Work Experience form (if applicable)
You can expect to be notified by email or phone if your application is incomplete. Initial licensing applications may take up to 30 days, depending on the volume of applications at any time. If you qualify for a new license, the new license will be sent to the email address listed on the application.
Step 4. Renew your Teaching License
All renewal credits must be:
- Directly related to your current license
- Part of an additional endorsement (if any)
- In the field of early childhood education
- Part of an approved program leading to an advanced degree
Professional development credits may be earned from a regionally accredited college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level or from a provider sanctioned by the Nevada Department of Education with preapproval to offer continuing education courses.
Exceptions to earning renewal credits:
- You may receive 6 renewal credits if you completed the requirements for the National Board Certification.
- If you possess an education specialist or doctoral degree, you do not need to meet the renewal credit requirements; instead, you need only submit evidnece of professional growth that can be attained by teaching at the college level or by attending seminars or workshops
- If you possess a master’s or higher degree, you may receive a maximum of 2 renewal credits by conducting a seminar or workshop or by teaching at the college level, provided the course or seminar is in early childhood education.
Nevada Preschool Teacher Salaries
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas estimates that the salary range for a preschool teacher in the state stretches from $17,200 to $46,830. This kind of gap can be explained by differences in tenure, geographic area, and the education of the teachers. Preschool teachers that have completed more education generally rank higher on the salary scale.
Nevada is home to a growing number of preschool aged children, and as such the state is in need of qualified preschool teachers.
The Nevada Department of Education implemented a state-funded pre-kindergarten program in 2001 in an attempt to give all children throughout the state, regardless of income level, a quality head start through early childhood education. The state pre-kindergarten program has seen a growth of around 40% in the last six years or so, indicating a similar growth of job opportunities for early childhood educators.
As of May 2013, there were 2,150 preschool teachers employed in the state of Nevada, mostly centered around the Las Vegas-Paradise metropolitan area. The average annual salary for a preschool teacher in Nevada is about $24,700, although that average is slightly lower in the Las Vegas and Western areas of the state.
A more detailed breakdown of the salaries paid to early childhood educators in Nevada can be seen by looking at this table below (originally published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2013: