NV Social Science Certification and Exam Requirements-Reciprocity Pathway

Nevada Social Science Certification and Exam Requirements-Reciprocity Pathway


In Nevada, this program leads to an Initial License in Secondary Social Studies, Grades 7-12


Obtaining an initial Utah license is required to apply for an initial license in Nevada via the Reciprocity Pathway. Note: Students who enrolled before 10/1/2015 AND were living in Nevada at this time can license directly in Nevada. Contact licensure@wgu.edu if you need clarification on eligibility and exam requirements.

1. Content Exam: Praxis 5081, Social Studies: Content Knowledge

You must pass this test to graduate from this program and be recommended for certification. This exam also satisfies the WGU Program Requirement.

2. Pedagogy Exam: Praxis 5624 Principles of Learning and Teaching 7-12

You must pass this test 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.



Students in the Master of Arts in Teaching – English (5-12) program may be eligible for WGU’s Nevada Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) program. For more information on eligibility requirements, please review the Nevada Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) student handbook article. Students in the ARL program license via the approved pathway. If you have further questions or would like to participate in the ARL program, please contact licensure@wgu.edu.




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



Article Number: 19869, 1939