Secondary Licensure

Secondary Certification Program: Phase I

Sierra Nevada College offers course work to provide eligibility for teaching single subjects at a secondary level


Each of the courses in the program focuses on, introduces or reinforces one of the Interstate New Teacher assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards. The INTASC standards follow logically and sequentially from the goals and outcomes of the program.  These performance-based standards require that, upon completion of the Teacher Education Program, the pre-service teacher will be able to:

  • Use the concepts, tools of inquiry, and structure of the disciplines taught, and create learning experiences to make them meaningful to students
  • Use the teaching strategies that develop and provide learning opportunities which support student learning and development
  • Understand how students differ in their approaches to learning; create instructional opportunities adapted to diverse learners
  • Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies
  • Create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation
  • Use knowledge of communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction
  • Plan instruction based on knowledge of subject matter, students, the community and supportive interaction
  • Understand and use formal and informal assessment strategies
  • Reflect on teaching
  • Foster relationships with colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community

Secondary Licensure Program Overview

The secondary licensure program consists of three semesters: two in coursework and one in student teaching. Complete course descriptions can be found in the College Catalog.   Field experience is an important part of the certification program and all courses require completion of a speceified number of hours of practicum and/or microteaching with students in a school setting.

Required Testing

Secondary certification requires students to pass the Praxis I or CBEST test before student teaching; Praxis II tests, Nevada School Law, Nevada Constitution, and U.S. Constitution befoe entering student teaching.  Student Teaching must be completed before entering 600 level courses.  For more detailed information on required testing click here.

Teachable Majors

To be eligible to enter the Secondary Certification program, the student must already have obtained a recognizable teachable major during their undergraduate studies.  If a student does not have a teachable major under his/her Bachelor’s Degree, he/she can take undergraduate courses at any undergraduate institution to make up for the credits needed.  Teachable Majors/Minors are those subjects taught normally in junior and senior high schools, such as:    For a complete list of teachable majors, minors, single subject majors, and more information, visit the Nevada Department of Education Available Licenses/Endorsements page under “Secondary (7-12) License”.