New Scholarships for Teacher Education
Additional scholarships are now available for students entering SNC Tahoe’s master’s degree in teaching programs, thanks to a $360,000 grant from the Nevada Department of Education’s Teach Nevada Scholarship program in response to a severe shortage of qualified Pre K-12 teachers in the state.
The scholarships will be awarded to new students who enroll in SNC’s combined Alternate Route to Licensure (ARL) – Master’s Degree in Teaching programs for spring or summer 2015 at the College’s Las Vegas, Reno, Incline Village or online locations. SNC also offers additional scholarships for ARL students, and teacher education students are eligible for other types of financial aid, including the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness program.
ARL programs attract college graduates from other backgrounds who are interested in the personal rewards, professional stability, and accessible educational requirements of teaching. Qualified students can be in a full-time, full-salaried teaching position after only one semester of courses plus testing requirements, and finish their MA in Teaching in a handful of additional semesters. With Nevada now ranking third highest in the nation for unemployment, the opportunity to train for positions in such high demand is particularly important.
The Department of Education has projected a nationwide gap of 1 million teaching vacancies over the next ten years, caused in part by the large numbers of retiring baby boomers. The shortage of new teachers in Nevada is particularly acute. If the Clark County School District (CCSD) had hired every new graduate from every teacher education program in Nevada this past May, they could not have filled all 2,600 vacancies for the current 2015-2016 school year.
Sierra Nevada College President Alan Walker said of the new grant: “Addressing the teacher shortage here in Nevada is a priority for SNC Tahoe, and we are thrilled to have the state of Nevada’s support to offer these additional scholarships to our graduate teacher education program.”
Upcoming Information Sessions about the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Sierra Nevada College:
(All sessions begin at 4 pm unless noted.)
Dates: December 9, January 6, February 10, March 9, April 13, May 4, June 8 (10am)
Sierra Nevada College Las Vegas
4300 East Sunset Road, Ste. E-1
Henderson, NV 89014-2267
Director of Graduate Admission and Recruiting