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Nevada Teacher Corps (NTC) provides an accelerated pathway into teaching for accomplished professionals, recent college graduates, and graduating seniors.
To be considered for our Nevada Teacher Corps, you must:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree (conferred by June 1, 2024) from an accredited institution;
- Have a minimum of 2.0 GPA
- Be eligible to work in the United States
- Pass federal, state, and local background checks at the start of summer program participation.
- See the Nevada Department of Education’s background process webpage for more information on the state background check.
- See Clark County School District’s pre-employment eligibility check webpage for more information on the district’s background check process.
Praxis Core/CBEST Registration Fee Due
Background Checks Fees Due
Licensure Background Check Fee Due
Approximate Timeline for First Paycheck
First Payment Tuition Payment Due
Pre-service (PST) training is free, though it is unpaid. Successful completion of PST makes you eligible to start teaching as a licensed teacher, earning full pay and benefits in Fall 2024. Once teaching in your own classroom, you will be responsible for tuition to cover program coursework and coaching. Tuition for Nevada Teacher Corps is $13,000; monthly payment plans are available. No coursework fees are incurred until after you have begun teaching and earning your salary.
You are also responsible for all costs associated with certification through the Nevada Department of Education, including licensure state testing, fingerprinting, transcript requests and relocation fees, and all necessary personal expenses through the summer. Due to the intense, fast-paced, and required hours that are a critical part of your success, many of our Fellows do not work during the summer and instead make long-term financial plans to ensure their success and licensure recommendation by the end of the summer.
Nevada Teacher Corps (NTC) is excited to partner with the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) to offer a scholarship opportunity to enrolled Fellows.
What is the Teach Nevada Scholarship?
The Teach Nevada Scholarship Program (Teach NVS ) was created in the 2015 Legislative Session through Senate Bill 511 and modified in 2017 through Senate Bill 544, continuing funding with Senate Bill 555 (2019). The purpose of the program is to provide grants to universities, colleges and providers of alternative licensure programs to award scholarships to students entering teaching programs.
How Do I Apply?
Interested enrolled teacher licensure candidates may apply for scholarship funds through NTC upon successful completion of Pre-Service Training. NTC aims to release the scholarship application during the summer Pre-Service Training and applicants are typically notified of their status by the start of the school year in August.
How Does it Work?
Teaching fellows who are approved for this scholarship will receive 75% of the value of the scholarship each semester of the program, provided that they remain in good standing with program completion requirements (i.e., coursework, seminar attendance, etc., as outlined in the Academy Year Handbook). This brings the out-of-pocket cost of the program for scholarship recipients who remain in good standing from $7,000 to $1,750, payable in 9 monthly installments.
The remaining 25% of the tuition costs paid out of pocket will be retained by NDE and disbursed to scholarship recipients after five consecutive years of successful teaching in a Nevada public school as well as meeting all other State Board of Education regulations.
Note: At least 3 out of the 5 years of successful teaching experience must take place at a Title I, underperforming, or high-vacancy school. A list of qualifying schools is maintained by the NDE on their website.
All candidates who are awarded a scholarship must also agree to complete the requirements to obtain an endorsement to teach English as a Second Language or an endorsement to teach Special Education.
To apply for the scholarship, you must be officially enrolled in Nevada Teacher Corps and follow the process outlined by the program staff in the fall. If you have questions prior to enrolling, feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com.
Please refer to our detailed expense summary below for a comprehensive overview of costs associated with pre-service training, TNTP Academy, licensure, and district hiring.
|Pre-Service Training||Free||Rigorous summer training program to prepare you to begin teaching in the fall historically begins late May.|
|TNTP Academy Tuition||$13,000||Two-year-long licensure coursework spanning 5 semesters (Fall 2024, Spring 2025, Summer 2025, Fall 2025, Spring 2026). No licensure coursework tuition fees are incurred until after Fellows have been hired and begun teaching. Tuition is payable in monthly installments *Enrolled Fellows are eligible to apply for the Nevada Department of Education Scholarship.|
|Transcripts||Varies; Contact your undergraduate institution.||Fellows should budget for the cost of purchasing two official and degree conferred transcripts from their graduating undergraduate institution. Transcripts are required for licensure and hire; unofficial transcripts are not accepted.|
|Fingerprinting||Roughly $250 for state and district background check processes||Required for licensure and hire.|
|Testing||$150-$270 for Praxis Core exam. $120-170 for each Praxis II exam. Costs are per attempt.||Fellows must complete Praxis Core OR CBEST for enrollment. Praxis II Content Knowledge must be taken during your first three years of teaching in order to qualify for your standard teaching license.|
|Salary||$50,115 base salary based on fiscal year 2023 negotiation contracts for district hires||Most Fellows will receive their first paycheck within the first month of employment and in most cases twice/month thereafter. Participants should prepare for 3-6 months of financial reserves to participate as a Nevada Teacher Corps Fellow.|
|Rent||Roughly $900 to $1500 (median)/month excluding utilities and assuming a single person unit||Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing for pre-service training and the school year. During pre-service training, a small number of single person dorms may be available through a local university partner on a first-come, first-served basis.|
In addition to the Teach Nevada scholarship, there are many external resources that can help you manage the financial transition. We have listed a few below. (Note that, aside from AmeriCorps, TNTP Teaching Fellows does not specifically endorse any of these options. They are presented as suggestions for further research.)
As a Nevada Teacher Corps Fellow, you may be eligible to enroll in the TNTP AmeriCorps Program. AmeriCorps is a national network of service programs that connects more than 100,000 Americans each year to serve our country’s most critical needs in areas including environmental issues, disaster relief and education.
Upon successfully completing your first year of teaching in a high-need school, Fellows enrolled in the TNTP AmeriCorps Program are eligible for several financial benefits:
- An education award of up to $6,345. AmeriCorps awards cannot be applied towards TNTP Academy tuition and fees, but they can be used for repayment of federal student loans and/or for future educational costs at schools that accept federal financial aid.
- Postponement of federal student loans repayment. As an AmeriCorps member, you may be eligible to pause repayment of outstanding federal student loans. That means you would not have to make any federal student loan payments during your year of service, and after successfully completing the year, AmeriCorps would repay any interest accrued during that time.
In addition to these financial benefits, AmeriCorps members receive special training that prepares them to incorporate service learning and volunteerism into their teaching, including opportunities to participate in special activities such as AmeriCorps Week and the Martin Luther King Day of Service in their local communities.
Participation in AmeriCorps is dependent on federal funding and the award size is subject to change annually. As a result, candidates will be notified as soon as eligibility is determined, most likely at pre-service training.
Black Educator Excellence Cohort (BEEC)
Through a partnership with a national foundation, the Black Educator Excellence Cohort (BEEC) supports new Black enrollees in transitioning to the classroom. The BEEC provides additional resources and support, including stipends to help offset living expenses, testing fees and tuition. Support is contingent upon funding and is subject to change.
Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program (TLFP)
To qualify for loan forgiveness for a federal loan, you must work for five consecutive years in a qualifying Title I school. You also must meet the standard to be considered as “highly qualified” for all five years of service (through degree and required teacher tests). You must not have an outstanding balance on direct loans or FFEL loans as of October 1, 1998, or you must have obtained those loans after October 1, 1998. You cannot be in default on a subsidized or unsubsidized loan, unless you have made “satisfactory repayments.” The loan for which you are seeking forgiveness must have been made within the five years of teaching. All secondary math, secondary science and special education teachers are eligible for up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness. All other teachers are eligible for up to $5,000.
Qualifying Loans: Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans
- Read more about the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program on the Trellis Company website.
- Apply for Teacher Loan Forgiveness through the Federal Student Aid website.
A Direct Consolidation Loan allows you to consolidate (or combine) multiple federal education loans into one loan. The result is a single monthly payment instead of multiple payments. A Direct Consolidation Loan for federal loans has a fixed interest rate based on the weighted average of the loans being consolidated.
In order to qualify, you must have at least one Direct Loan or FFEL Program loan that is in a grace period or in repayment. If you want to consolidate a defaulted loan, you must either make satisfactory repayment arrangements on the loan with your current loan servicer before you consolidate, or you must agree to repay your new Direct Consolidation Loan under the Income-Based Repayment Plan, Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan, or Income-Contingent Repayment Plan.
Repayment plans can range from 10 to 30 years, based on the amount being consolidated, other education debt and the selected repayment plan. Repayment can begin in 60 days or sooner.
Eligible Loan Types:
- Direct Subsidized Loans
- Direct Unsubsidized Loans
- Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans
- Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans
- Direct PLUS Loans
- PLUS loans from the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program
- Supplemental Loans for Students (SLS)
- Federal Perkins Loans
- Federal Nursing Loans
- Health Education Assistance Loans
You may require short-term health care as you transition out of school or your current job. When choosing your short-term health care, be sure to inquire if your plan meets Minimum Essential Coverage requirements. If not, you may be required to pay a tax penalty.
Affordable Health Care
Though this is not considered short-term health care, you may enroll in a plan now and update or cancel the care once you are hired as a full-time teacher. Contact a healthcare.gov representative (1-800-318-2596) and report this “life event.” Coverage varies by state, and a variety of plans are available. While open enrollment is closed for 2014, visit www.healthcare.gov to see if you qualify for “Special Enrollment.”
A variety of plans are available. You can arrange to pay on a monthly basis, and select a six-month or 11-month plan. You may also select to pay up front for a 30-day or one-month plan. Prices range from $35 to more than $100 per month, depending on the individual. Coverage begins the very next day when enrolling in this plan.
This plan offers coverage with a maximum of six to 11 months. It offers a $50 co-pay for urgent care with multiple plan options.
If you are leaving a job that provided health insurance, you may want to enroll in COBRA. This would allow the previous health insurance to remain in effect for up to 18 months after employment is terminated. COBRA is typically a more expensive option, usually costing several hundred per month.
Temporarily Add-on to a Family Member’s Plan
Another option could always be to add on to the insurance of a family member or significant other. If you are 26 or under, you are eligible to be covered under a parent’s insurance plan. Rules regarding family and significant others vary by insurance policy.
There are many options for personal loans. These are loans from banks or another source that have a fixed payment schedule and can be used to fund anything desired, including living costs, health care or education costs. You are given a lump sum of money up front, and you will be required to make monthly payments. Eligibility requirements vary by provider, but most also require a credit check.
Personal loan providers:
Home Equity Loans
Through a home equity loan you may borrow a lump sum of money and use home ownership as collateral. A credit check is required, and most lenders require moderate to good credit ratings. Home equity loans tend to have lower interest rates than many other loans. Also, interest rates can be fixed, so there is no need to worry about increases. These loans allow flexibility for spending and they can be used in any way in which the borrower chooses.
Research where you can find the best rates on home equity loans in your area at Lending Tree or Bankrate.com. These companies will compare rates at banks in your area, and you can select the lowest rate.
Grants and Crowdfunding
The NEA Foundation
The NEA Foundation’s $2,000 Learning and Leadership Grant can be used to pay for an individual Fellow’s professional development programs, like TNTP Academy. Grants are only available to Fellows who will not receive a master’s degree. Deadlines for grant applications are February 1, June 1 and October 1. Fellows must independently complete their grant application.
Go Fund Me
Ask your community to help you make the transition. Some of our Fellows have used crowdfunding on platforms such as Go Fund Me, a personal fundraising site to “crowd-source” personal expenses. You set up the page and friends and family make small donations on a secure site. The money you raise is deposited directly into your bank account. Go Fund Me charges 7.9 percent of your total donation + $0.30.
Amazon Wish Lists
Create a wish list on Amazon.com and send it out to family, friends, former colleagues, and professional networks. This is a great way to start setting up a classroom reading library, or getting basic supplies like Expo markers, poster paper or cleaning supplies.
Once you enter the classroom, Donors Choose is a way to “crowd-source” funding for classroom projects and expenses. You are able to post projects for your classroom and individuals can donate. Projects can range from paper and pencils to iPads and projectors. Materials are shipped directly to your school. Any donations made are tax deductible. There is no cost to donors or teachers.
|Elementary||K-5||Nevada Teacher Corps Fellows will teach K-5 elementary schools.||Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators OR California Basic Educational Skill Test (CBEST) Praxis Content Knowledge: Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications.|
The first step in the application process is to submit an online application. On the application you will indicate your program and subject area preferences and share basic information about your background and experiences. We ask several questions about your college education, such as GPA and credit hours, so you might find it helpful to have your transcripts available. You will also respond to four hypothetical scenarios that a first-year teacher might experience. We’re not looking for a right answer so don’t sweat it! We don’t expect candidates to have in-depth knowledge of education issues or teaching strategies when applying; that is why we have a rigorous training program. Simply draw on your critical thinking and other transferable skills to briefly explain how you might approach the situation. Our students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences and we’re looking for the same in our Fellows.
Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, so apply early to increase your chance of admission to your first-choice program and subject area. You will receive a response to your application approximately two to three weeks after submission.
Based on your written application, you may be invited to the next step of the selection process: the recorded interview. You’ll have the option of recording a video or audio interview – whichever is easier for you! Through our flexible interview process you can submit your interview at any time, day or night, when it is most convenient for you. No scheduling is required! The interview will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete, including set-up, practice, and tech check time.
During your interview, you will respond to several questions asking you to apply your skills to the classroom. Our hope is that these scenarios help you understand more about being a Fellow and a teacher and give you an opportunity to show how your talents might shine in the classroom. As with the application, we are not looking for specific right answers. We are looking for how you apply your critical thinking skills, how you approach your personal learning and your commitment to educational equity.
You will receive a response to your interview approximately two to three weeks after completion.
Once you successfully complete the selection process, you’ll receive an official offer to enroll. Offers are extended on a rolling basis. You will need to complete a few tasks to formally enroll, such as agreeing to the background check required for employment. After you complete your tasks and accept your offer, you will connect with your assigned program staff to begin preparing for summer training.
Once enrolled, you’ll receive guidance on completing mandatory state exams in your subject area, which you must pass before training starts. Test dates are limited and the exams may be challenging to pass. We encourage you to register and complete your required exams as early as possible.
Your immediate focus is on passing the Praxis Core OR CBEST. You may be eligible to waive this requirement by submitting qualifying scores on the GRE, if taken within the past five years.
|Nevada Teacher Corps Program Testing Requirements||
In order to begin pre-service training, all Fellows must register for and pass the Praxis Core Skills for Educators OR the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) to demonstrate competency in basic reading, writing, and mathematics.
Before the end of your third year of teaching you must also pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) exam, which is focused on Math, Reading and Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. We encourage you to sit for this exam toward the end of your second year of teaching. Your immediate focus is on passing the Praxis Core or CBEST.
|California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)||
CBEST computer tests are offered year-round, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays). Test appointments are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and seating is limited. You may also take a paper test on specific dates. The test is offered at limited locations in Nevada.
Costs for the CBEST will range from $102 - $155.
If you do not pass the CBEST you may retake 45 days after prior administration. Fellows that need to retest are encouraged to register for the CBEST immediately. Fellows that do not prioritize and pass state testing will not be recommended for conditional licensure.
Once you receive your scores, you must upload them to the enrollment checklist. In Nevada a qualifying score for the CBEST is a minimum scaled score of 41 in each of the three sections. However, a score of 37 on an individual section is acceptable if the total combined scaled score is at least 123 for all three sections.
Praxis Core computer-based tests are offered year-round. The test is offered at limited locations in Nevada and may be taken outside of the state of Nevada as well. “Praxis At Home” proctored exams may also be available through the ETS.
Costs for the Praxis Core are $90 per test if taken separately or $150 if taking all three combined. If you do not pass the Praxis Core you may retake 21 days after prior administration. We encourage you to register and take the Praxis Core as early as possible.
Once you receive your scores, you must upload them to the enrollment checklist. In Nevada, qualifying scores for Praxis Core are reading, 156; writing, 162 and mathematics, 150.
Praxis Core Test Codes
You may take tests individually, but we strongly recommend taking all three at the same time by selecting Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Test (5752) when registering. This will shorten your overall testing timeline. Fellows that do not receive a qualifying score on all sections can schedule a retest for an individual test section.
If you are a test taker with disabilities, visit the Praxis disability accommodations webpage for guidance.
*ETS provides accommodations for test takers with a disability or health-related issue. ETS also provides accommodations for candidates whose primary language is not English (PLNE). Visit the ETS website to learn more about health and disability accommodations, or extended time for test-takers whose primary language is not English.
|Praxis Content Knowledge Exam||
Before the end of your third year of teaching, you must also pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) exam, which is focused on Math, Reading and Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. You must pass the 5001 to qualify for a standard teaching license in Elementary.
There are no registration deadlines for Praxis Content Knowledge tests, but spots fill quickly, so schedule your appointment as your first year comes to a close. Also, not all testing windows are available for all content area tests at all testing centers.
Once you receive qualifying Praxis Content Knowledge scores, you will submit them with an application for Standard Licensure to the Nevada Department of Education and prior to the end of your third year of teaching. You will learn more about this process during enrollment.
Exam Preparation Resources:
*Nevada Teacher Corps does not specifically endorse any of these materials, but program alumni have cited these resources as helpful starting points in studying for these important tests.
Before pre-service training (PST), you will build your foundational knowledge about the teaching profession through online coursework. You will complete self-guided enrollment modules, which include reading, videos, guided reflection, and an assessment at the end.
Late May: Pre-Service Training Begins
Early July: Pre-Service Training Ends
In the summer, Nevada Teacher Corps (NTC) Fellows begin a rigorous, six-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.
There are three main elements to summer training:
- Skill Building Sessions – During skill building sessions, program instructors teach foundational skills such as lesson planning and delivery, classroom management techniques and content specific strategies.
- Field Experience – Field experience is time spent teaching in a summer school classroom. Fellows typically observe a mentor teacher in action and gradually take on responsibility delivering instruction for students in the class. Program coaches visit the classroom regularly to provide real-time feedback and support.
- Responsive Coaching Sessions – In these small group sessions, Fellows practice and receive coaching on targeted skills.
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 demanding; you will teach summer school and attend sessions five days per week from approximately 8:00 am to 5:00 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 of Fellow conditional licensure. For most Fellows, the location of summer training will be different than their actual teaching position.
During your summer training, first year and second year as needed, NTC coaches partner closely with school-based staff to ensure a strong plan of support tailored to your unique strengths and needs. 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 virtual coaching. In person coaching may begin once in-person school resumes. 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 support you in your greatest growth opportunity.
Online Coursework Begins
During your first two years as a full-time teacher, you will complete NTC licensure coursework primarily through TNTP’s Academy Online, with some in-person follow-up during monthly Seminars. Seminar courses will be be tailored to the cohort’s development needs and offer plenty of opportunity for practice.
We hold high standards for licensure. We partner closely with our school and district partners to ensure you remain on track to become a great teacher. Program evaluation incorporates a wide variety of evidence from your classroom to create the fullest possible picture of your performance.
At the end of each program year, you must receive a satisfactory teaching evaluation and successfully complete all program requirements to earn recommendation for your standard teaching license. 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.
After successful completion of your first year of teaching, participants will have the option to apply to an online program to earn a Master of Science in Education degree from 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 earn a Master’s degree while enjoying savings achieved through a reduced course load.
Early Spring: Hiring Begins
Nevada Teacher Corps (NTC) will support you in securing a position that is the best fit for you, so that both you and your principal feel good about the match. Our staff will offer resources, support, and guidance, but all hiring decisions are made by school leaders or other school-based administrators. While Fellows cannot select or choose their first-year school site, due to district and principal hiring needs, NTC staff will keep in-mind Fellow hiring preferences during the spring/summer hiring season. Fellows may choose to transfer to a new school for their second year in the classroom, provided that the school meets NTC partnership criteria.
In your first year, NTC will help you navigate the school hiring and employment processes, and connect you with our network of principals. Our team will host job-search events, set up mock-interviews, and provide résumé and personalized support.
As a full-time employee of the district that hires you, you will earn the same starting salary as other first-year teachers in that district. The current starting salary for teachers in the Clark County School District is $50,115.
You will also be able to access the same comprehensive benefits as all new and fully licensed teachers in your district, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage, and discounts through the Clark County Education Association. Nevada also has one of the most generous state retirement systems in the country.
Upon graduating, you will be invited to join the TNTP Teaching Fellows Alumni Network. As a member of our alumni community, you will receive a regular newsletter with links to valuable professional development and career opportunities. More importantly, you’ll be able to connect with more than 33,000 Fellows across the country to share resources, talk through challenges, and discuss important education issues affecting classrooms like yours.