I WANT TO BECOME A CERTIFIED CLASSROOM TEACHER.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program leads to a Nevada Teacher License and master’s degree. Faculty mentorship thrives in small on-ground classes. This flexible and affordable program is approved by Nevada Department of Education, and leads to teaching credential options in Elementary (K-8), Secondary (7-12), Dual (K-12) and Special Education.
PHASE I – THE TEACHING CREDENTIAL
includes all the requirements to obtain a standard teaching license in Nevada for elementary, secondary, dual level (elementary and secondary), or special education.
Course Requirements vary by credential – complete specifications can be found in the College Catalog. Full-time students usually complete Phase I coursework in two semesters. Students take foundation courses in effective teaching practices and classroom management, teaching with technology, evaluation and assessment, and methods courses and a school-based practicum in their chosen area. Field experience is an important part of the certification program, and all courses require a practicum and/or microteaching with students in a school setting.
Required Testing for licensing must be completed before student teaching begins. Students must register for the Praxis I or CBEST during their first semester, then pass Principles of Learning and Teaching, the relevant Praxis II tests, and the exam or course equivalency in Nevada School Law, Nevada Constitution, and U.S. Constitution before entering student teaching.
Teachable Majors: Students qualifying for Secondary Certification must have obtained a recognizable teachable major during their undergraduate studies, or take the necessary undergraduate courses to make up the required credits, before beginning student teaching. For complete information about teachable majors, visit the Nevada Department of Education website.
Student Teaching is an integral part of the program – this semester is the culmination of the first phase. A weekly seminar to brings student teachers and SNC faculty together to discuss teaching strategies, classroom experiences, and employment opportunities.
PHASE II – THE MASTER’S DEGREE
600 level courses amplify the student’s understanding of the theoretical frameworks that guide teaching practices. Students complete a Professional Project that reflects their academic readings and professional experience, articulates a vision to raise student achievement, and engages critically with a relevant educational issue.