Training & Certification
You will have the opportunity to impact communities where systemic inequities and individual prejudices have denied too many children access to a great education. However, we recognize the first year is hard, and to prepare you for that challenge, you will receive intensive pre-service training and coaching through Nevada Teacher Corps.
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 receive program recommendation to teach in the fall.
Summer training is extremely demanding; you will teach summer school and attend sessions five days per week from approximately 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, with evening online learning assignments and lesson planning. Attendance is mandatory for every day of summer training and is reported to the state of Nevada toward the granting for Fellow licensure. 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 current and former 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.
We hold the highest standards for licensure of any program in the country, using the Assessment of Classroom Effectiveness (ACE) to ensure that you remain on track to become a great teacher. ACE incorporates a wide variety of evidence from your classroom to create the fullest possible picture of your performance.
At the end the year, you must pass ACE and all program requirements to earn licensure recommendation. Meeting this high bar shows you are able to get real results for students—and lets principals know you have a proven track record in the classroom.
Note: For the 2019-20 school year, NTC is recruiting for elementary school teachers.
Pursuing a Master's Degree
After successful completion of your first year of teaching, Residents will have the option to enroll in an online program to earn a Master of Science in Education degree from the Johns Hopkins University.
This program is designed to build on the TNTP Academy training experience, with collaborative spaces for experiential learning through TNTP Academy to be applied toward Johns Hopkins University Master's degree requirements. Participants will be able to earn a Master's degree while enjoying savings achieved through a reduced course load.
For frequently asked questions about this program, please click here.