Nevada Alternative Route to Licensure Option for Post-Baccalaureate and MA Teaching Programs
Note: While we do our best to give you accurate and up to date information about your state requirements, we are not infallible. State requirements change frequently. It is your responsibility, and in your best interest, to double check certification and licensure requirements with your state’s Department of Education.
Effective November 2015, WGU Nevada was approved as a provider of Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) programs. Upon meeting eligibility requirements, teacher candidates (TC) enrolled in the programs below may apply to the Nevada Department of Education for a three-year conditional ARL teaching license. During that time, they can accept an offer of employment from a P-12 school district as a teacher and work while completing their program requirements, including demonstration teaching (DT).
In August 2018, Nevada passed a regulation which requires participants of ARL programs to teach “a minimum of two full academic years” and receive “no less than one effective or highly effective evaluation per academic year from the employer of record” prior to upgrading from the alternative license to the standard license. This means that ARL participants must finish two full years of teaching and have two "effective" or better employer evaluations before they are able to upgrade to the standard teaching license.
*Candidates enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching in Science (5-12) programs may only pursue the ARL option for Biological Science, including a passed content evaluation for Biology and passed Praxis demonstration teaching requirement for Biology.
The conditional license for the ARL pathway is available when all requirements listed below are met. Those pursing the ARL conditional license option are encouraged to complete all requirements 3 months prior to your anticipated teaching start date, to allow sufficient time to receive your conditional license from the Nevada Office of Educator Quality (OEQ) and be hired by your district. Requirements include:
The general intent is that these minimum requirements are completed within the first six months of enrollment in order to fill the critical need of empty positions in Nevada schools. You will continue to work as a teacher under the Conditional License until you have completed all remaining program requirements, including demonstration teaching. Upon graduation, you will then be eligible for the standard Nevada Teaching License.
WGU does not assist in finding a job and does not guarantee job placement. Students must apply for jobs following the School District's hiring process. This could include applying to the school directly or through the School District's Human Resources Department. Contact the District for information on how to apply for a teaching position.
After applying for a position, you must notify Licensure by e-mailing the name of the school, district and position for which you applied to firstname.lastname@example.org. Licensure will then contact the District to verify that you are enrolled in WGU's program and are eligible for a conditional license.
Changing Programs or Withdrawing From the Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) Program
If a student enrolled in an ARL program through an appeal decides to change programs or not continue to follow the program requirements associated with the ARL process, that student will be academically removed from their current program and WGU. After that removal, the student will be able to reapply for a different program offered at WGU for which they qualify via the standard readmission process.
Conditional License Application Instructions
Step 1: Work closely with your placement coordinator to notify them of your plans to complete demonstration teaching as a classroom teacher with an Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) conditional license. Work closely with the district that will hire you to keep them updated on the status of your ARL license. You should apply for your ARL license at least 3 months prior to your anticipated teaching start date to ensure it will be issued on time.
Step 2: Request official transcripts from every college you have attended. See WGU Transcript Request.
Step 3: If the Nevada Department of Education is not listed as a recipient on your Praxis score report, you will need to contact ETS and request that they mail an official score report directly to NV DOE. You may do this by calling 1-800-772-9476 or by submitting the Additional Score Report Request Form to ETS via fax or mail.
Step 4: When you are hired by your district as an Alternative Route to Licensure teacher, obtain an offer letter from your district to include with your ARL License application.
Step 5: When you have completed all eligibility requirements, write to Licensure at email@example.com to request a verification letter. The certification officer will return the letter to you to include in your application packet.
Step 6: Download and complete the Application Form from the Nevada Department of Education. In section 1, check the box for ARL. The form must be signed in front of a notary or in person at a Nevada Department of Education licensure office.
Step 7: It is strongly recommended that you travel in person to either the Northern or Southern Nevada licensure offices to turn in your application. Delivering your application in person will allow you to obtain a receipt to provide to your district verifying that your application is in process. District policies vary, so check with your district to determine whether this receipt is sufficient to begin teaching while your application is processed. If traveling to a licensure office is not possible, applications may be mailed to either licensure office listed on the application form.
Note: A receipt for your district is only issued in person and not by mail.
Compile the following documents:
Step 8: You must complete an additional background check process for the Department of Education as part of their licensure process. Complete the Licensure Background Check Process, noting that a live scan is significantly faster than the fingerprint card method. You will be provided with the necessary paperwork to complete a live scan after you submit your application. If you submit your ARL license application in person, you will receive your live scan paperwork immediately.
Step 9: During peak seasons (especially in the summer), your application may take up to twelve weeks to process. When you receive your conditional license, provide a copy to your district and to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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