NV BA Special Education Mild to Moderate Certification and Exam Requirements - Reciprocity Pathway

Nevada BA Special Education Mild to Moderate Certification and Exam Requirements - Reciprocity Pathway

In Nevada, this program leads to an Initial License in Exceptional Pupils Generalist Resource Room K-12


Obtaining an initial Utah license is required to apply for an initial license in Nevada via the Reciprocity Pathway. Review both the Nevada Certification Requirements and Available Licenses and the Utah Certification Requirements and Available Licenses articles in the student handbook.

Note: You will not be Highly Qualified to be the primary instructor of core academic subjects to special education students who are learning at the secondary-level. Further information on Highly Qualified requirements and routes to becoming Highly Qualified in additional core subject areas is available through employing school districts in Nevada.


1) Special Education Content Exam: Praxis 5543 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications. You must pass this exam to graduate from your program and be recommended for certification. This exam also satisfies the WGU Program Requirement.


2) Pedagogy Exam: either
a) Praxis 5622 Principles of Learning and Teaching K-6 OR
b) Praxis 5624 Principles of Learning and Teaching 7-12

You must pass one of these exams to be recommended for certification.



** Please note that you must select the Utah State Board of Education as an official score recipient.  You must have ordered your USBE background check and have been issued a CACTUS ID before the USBE can record and retain your scores.  The USBE will not be automatically included as a score recipient by ETS when you register for your exams.  You may find instructions on how to select the USBE as an official score recipient in the Submitting Exam Scores to the Utah State Board of Education article in this handbook.  Western Governors University will not submit your score reports to the USBE on your behalf. Failure to report official content exam scores to the USBE may result in delays in the licensing process.



Visit these links for important information: 

General Information About Licensing in Nevada

Registering for Praxis Exams

Submitting Exam Scores to WGU and the Utah State Office of Education

Applying for Your Nevada Teaching License


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