Training & Certification
The first year is hard for any new teacher, and you will work in communities where systemic inequities and individual prejudices have denied too many children access to a great education. To prepare you for that challenge, you will receive intensive pre-service training and coaching through NTC.
In the summer, Nevada Teacher Corps (NTC) Fellows begin a rigorous, seven-week summer training program centered on field experience. You will study proven teaching techniques and begin to develop the in-depth content knowledge that great teachers use every day to advance student learning and can expect to practice these techniques intensively, both with peers and with real students in summer school classrooms.
Outstanding local teachers will prepare you to manage a classroom, to deliver the content your students must learn, and to support students in meeting high expectations by building bridges between challenging academic content and students’ unique values and experiences. You must demonstrate proficiency in these fundamental skills by the end of pre-service training to earn teaching eligibility for the fall.
Summer training is extremely demanding; you will teach summer school and attend sessions five days per week from approximately 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, with potential evening workshops and events. Attendance is mandatory every day. For most Fellows, the location of summer training will be different than their actual teaching assignment.
During your summer training and first year in the classroom, NTC coaches are your primary line of support. All coaches are experienced teachers with proven results in challenging classrooms. They will train you like a pro athlete, with ample opportunity to practice, reflect and improve, until essential teaching techniques and mindsets become second nature.
Coaches will observe your classroom regularly and give you real-time guidance to improve your teaching through in-person and virtual coaching. After class, you will debrief and discuss concrete strategies to apply in future lessons. Coaches will also pull you into small skill-building sessions to address your biggest development needs.
During your first year as a full-time teacher, you will complete NTC licensure coursework taught virtually or in-person by experienced, outstanding teachers. Courses will be tailored to your development needs and offer plenty of opportunity for practice.