State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Nevada

April 2018


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at

Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Nevada has adopted the School Administrator Instructional Leadership Standards and Indicators. Nev. Admin. Code 391.572
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Nevada Commission on Professional Standards in Education Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 391.019
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. Programs preparing education personnel must align with the School Administrator Instructional Leadership Standards and Indicators and relevant national standards. Source
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? No state policy found. However, candidates prepared for a Professional Administrator of a School Endorsement are required to complete an internship or field experience. Nev. Admin. Code 391.170
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? No state policy found.
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for an Administrator of a School Endorsement, a candidate must:
  • Hold a valid, renewable license to teach in elementary, middle, junior high, secondary or special schools
  • Hold a master's degree or higher in educational administration from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Complete at least 24 semester hours of graduate courses in the administration of a school, including 1) administration and organization of a school, 2) supervision and evaluation of instruction, 3) development of personnel, 4) finances of a school, 5) the laws that apply to schools, 6) curriculum, 7) research, 8) internship or field experience and 9) other courses considered to be part of an administrative program for educators
  • Have three years of state-approved K-12 teaching experience.

Note: If a candidate holds a master's degree in a subject other than educational administration, he/she must complete an additional 12 semester hours of graduate courses.
Nev. Admin. Code 391.170
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants holding a valid, comparable license issued by another state may be issued a Nevada license pursuant to a reciprocal agreement with another state, if that state has been approved by the commission. Nev. Admin. Code 391.170
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? An institution of higher education or any other provider may seek approval to offer an alternative route for the licensure of administrators. State policy provides additional requirements. Nev. Admin. Code 391.461

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