Learn more about the process for becoming certified to teach in the Las Vegas Valley region.
Becoming Certified to Teach
Las Vegas corps members receive a three-year, non-renewable temporary certificate. In order to qualify for the temporary certificate, all corps members are required to:
- Pass both the Praxis I and Praxis II exams that are required for their placement
- Provide copies of their degree-conferred transcript from an accredited college or university
- Pay fee to the Nevada Department of Education
If you are already licensed to teach in another state, check out the Nevada Department of Education website for more information on reciprocity. It is possible to be fully-licensed in Nevada.
All corps members are required to pass the Praxis I and Praxis II exams in order to be fully-licensed teachers. Most corps members pass these tests in the spring before their arrival in Las Vegas to teach, which is highly recommended. Some pass it over the summer, but late-pass dates could delay licensing, eligibility for Americorps, and salary benefits.
After obtaining the temporary license, corps membes apply and enroll in a graduate-level teacher certification program at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). UNLV partners with us to provide in-state tuition costs for our teachers to earn their teacher certification.
While tuition and costs estimates change yearly, currently costs are approximately $11,000 over two years. The teacher certification program is a requirement for almost for all corps members to teach in Nevada (a few exceptions exist for teachers who already have an education degree). UNLV works to group corps members together for evening classes throughout the year.
Most corps members take out loans from UNLV Financial Aid to pay for these classes and use their AmeriCorps grant to pay off a substantial portion at the end of each school year.
Master's Degree Option
While it is optional, almost all corps members choose to complete a few additional classes beyond the teacher certification to earn their M.Ed. from UNLV. The full program costs to complete the M. Ed is approximately $13,000. It is possible for corps members to successfully earn a master of education at the end of their two-year commitment while some choose to complete it in 2.5-3 years.
Teach For America Training
Prior to your first year, all corps members will participate in a summer training program known as institute. During this hands-on program, you will attend sessions on topics such as the foundations of teaching, as well as teaching classes alongside fellow corps members. Learn more about summer institute.