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The 8-week Harvard Bok Teaching Certificate online short course is delivered by Harvard’s Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, in association with HarvardX. Students in this course will engage deeply with the most relevant research on effective teaching methods in the higher education context, while refining their own practices, portfolio, and teaching philosophy.
Step One: Nevada Prerequisite Coursework
All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Here are Nevada’s undergraduate prerequisites for some of the most popular specialty areas:
Elementary Education: A Nevada Elementary (K–8) License requires a bachelor’s degree in an academic or occupational field of study including completion of a recognized teaching major and 32 semester hours in your specialty area.
Middle School Education: A Nevada Middle School (7–9) License requires a bachelor’s degree in an academic or occupational field of study including completion of a recognized teaching major and 24 semester hours in your specialty area.
Secondary Education: A Nevada Secondary (9–12) License requires a bachelor’s degree in an academic or occupational field of study including completion of a recognized teaching major and 22 semester hours of required credit. Specific subject areas may be added to the Secondary License as a major or minor endorsement, with additional credit hour requirements specific to the field of study.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
Typically, teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often include instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design, and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.
While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more teacher scholarships specific to the State of Nevada, visit our Nevada Teacher Scholarships page.
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. See the Nevada Department of Education’s Alternative Routes to Licensure page for more information.
All applicants seeking their initial teaching licensure in Nevada are required to take the following three Praxis exams: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE), Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT), and Praxis II Subject Assessment(s) for each area of certification.
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CORE: Reading CORE: Writing CORE: Mathematics
Completion & passing of all CORE subtests are required for all NV state educators, regardless of area(s) of certification
PLT: Grades K-6 – or – PLT: Grades 7-12
Completion & passing of PLT test is required for all NV state educators. Select appropriate grade level.