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Scholarships Available for New Nevada Teachers

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Scholarships are available for Northern Nevada students pursuing a career in teaching through Sierra Nevada College’s master’s degree in teaching programs, thanks to a grant from the Nevada Department of Education’s Teach Nevada Scholarship program.

The $360,000 grant to SNC Tahoe is designed to increase the number of students pursuing a career in teaching in Nevada in response to a severe shortage of qualified Pre K-12 teachers in the state.

Northern Nevada students who enroll in SNC’s combined Alternate Route to Licensure (ARL) – Master’s Degree in Teaching programs for spring or summer 2016 are eligible to apply for scholarship consideration.

The ARL program, offered at SNC’s South Reno campus, offers flexible scheduling, enabling students to pursue their degree while working in the classroom.

Sierra Nevada College President Alan Walker said of the new grant: “Addressing the teacher shortage here in Nevada is a priority for SNC Tahoe, and we are thrilled to have the state of Nevada’s support to offer these additional scholarships to our graduate teacher education program.”

The Alternative Route to Teacher Licensure for Mid-Career Professionals

Approved ARL programs are designed to encourage college graduates who did not study education to bring their rich professional and life experience into the classroom as quickly as possible, while gaining rigorous professional development that will lead to professional licensure.

Some ARL programs offer only professional licensure, while combined ARL-graduate degree programs such as those offered by Sierra Nevada College offer licensure plus a graduate teaching degree.

In the Sierra Nevada College combined program, career changers can be in a full-time, full-salaried teaching position after only one semester of courses plus testing requirements, and complete a master’s degree in teaching in a handful of additional semesters.

For more information on the Teacher Education programs and the Nevada Teach scholarships at Sierra Nevada College, contact Katrina Midgley, director of graduate admission and recruiting, at 775-881-7517, or visit online at TeachInNevada.com.

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