Nevada MS Special Education Certification and Exam Requirements
In Nevada, the MSSP program leads to an endorsement in Exceptional Pupils: Generalist Resource Room K-12
8 semester hours of student teaching in the new area is required to add an endorsement, which is not included in your WGU program. This requirement can be waived with 3 years of teaching experience.
This endorsement will allow you to be the primary instructor in subject areas in which you are highly qualified to teach, as well as to provide collaborative/consultative services for such students when you are not the primary instructor. 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.
Special Education Exam Requirements:
Note: Applicants must have passed the required exams within five years prior to the date they apply for licensure.
1. WGU Program Requirement Praxis 5543, Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (for students who matriculated on 9/1/2011 or after)
You must pass this exam in order to graduate from your program.
2. Content Exam: Praxis 5354, Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications
(if passed prior to Sept. 1, 2010: Praxis II 0351, Special Education: Knowledge and Applications)
You do not need to pass this exam to graduate from your program, but the Nevada Department of Education may require this exam to issue your endorsement.
3. 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 do not need to pass these exams to graduate from your program, but the Nevada Department of Education may require one of these exams to issue your endorsement.
Practicum Requirement: Those who matriculate in the MS Special Education program after March 1, 2010 will complete 240 in-class clock hours of supervised practicum in elementary and secondary special education classrooms as part of their capstone project.
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