Educator Licensure

Welcome to the Nevada Department of Education's (NDE) Licensure homepage! NDE’s values of equity, access to quality, success, inclusivity, community, and transparency guide all that we do. As part of our commitment to those values, we strive to provide responsive customer service as we are committed to expanding the size and diversity of Nevada’s educator workforce.

Frequently Asked Questions

We consistently update our Frequently Asked Questions to meet the needs of candidates and already licensed educators. Many of your questions regarding licensure requirements, using OPAL and background checks are answered in the document below.

Contact Educator Licensure

For all inquiries related to educator licensure that are not covered in the FAQs, please email us. Email is the most efficient way to contact us and will ensure you receive a written response for reference. We endeavor to respond to all emails within five business days. At times of high volume, the response window may be up to three weeks. Please note that sending multiple inquiries will not expedite the response time and we cannot respond to emails requesting a status check.   

You may also call us at either number below. We endeavor to respond to all voicemails within five business days. At times of high volume, the response window may be up to three weeks.

  • Carson City Office (775) 687-9115
  • Las Vegas Office (702) 486-6458

Licensure Office/Appointments

Our physical offices are open in Carson City and Las Vegas from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on State and federal holidays. We offer 30-minute telephone appointments to speak with a member of our staff. If you have a telephone appointment, you will be prioritized over other forms of communication.

New Regulatory changes and effective dates

The Governor's State of Emergency was lifted May 20, 2022. As a Result, regulation 028-21 adopted February 28, 2022 linked below, does not allow emergency substitute teachers to be employed in a district with a student enrollment above 9,000 after the conclusion of summer 2022 programming.

As a courtesy, we link new regulatory changes below that affect licensure until they are codified in the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC).