Alternative Teaching Certification Programs in Nevada

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada has been struggling with teacher shortages since 2005, particularly in the subjects of math, science, and special education, and especially in Clark County around the Las Vegas area. While Nevada does not currently offer an alternate certificate for teachers, the state does provide ways for professionals who have not obtained a degree in education to enter the profession.

In order to be eligible for certification in Nevada, an individual must have entered and completed most of a teacher preparation program. For example, a candidate may be eligible if he or she has only six hours left of training to complete. If you qualify, you will then receive a non-renewable teaching certification that is valid for three years. Within those three years, you must complete your teacher education in order to be eligible for a five-year renewable teaching license. In addition, you must also submit the Verification of Teacher Education Program and Competency Testing Form, completed and signed by a certification specialist from the institution where you completed your training. Finally, you will also need to pass the Nevada Teacher Competency Tests, which include the Praxis I and II tests.

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Two programs you may consider are the Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL), such as the one offered by the University of Nevada, and the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) program. Students of the ARL program will complete intense professional development and education coursework that is applicable to real-life experiences in the classroom and is aligned with national standards as well as Clark County School District teacher evaluation processes. This program may be completed in as little as one year. ABCTE, on the other hand, is a computer-based program designed to help individuals with a non-education bachelor's degree enter the teaching profession. An independent study conducted confirmed the effectiveness of ABCTE-trained teachers: 95 percent of principals surveyed said that ABCTE teachers were as effective as or more effective than other teachers, and 67 percent stated that classroom performance was above average.

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