Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL Program) - Leads to teacher licensure
Have a bachelor’s degree and want to become an elementary or secondary teacher? The online ARL program is designed for students like you. WGU Nevada’s ARL program for elementary and secondary teaching provides an accelerated pathway for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree but do not have a teaching license. When you graduate from this accelerated program, you'll have completed a series of rigorous courses, in-person observations, and clinical experiences in a public school classroom that prepare you to be a highly effective teacher.
You will be allowed to teach in a Nevada school on a temporary license while you complete the requirements for a permanent teaching license.
Once you have completed these courses and requirements and passed the Praxis exams, you will be eligible to:
(1) Receive a conditional teaching license from the Nevada Department of Education and
(2) Be eligible for hire in Nevada schools.
The remaining courses required for standard license must then be completed within the three-year window provided by the Nevada Department of Education.
Note: WGU is the first exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure, a testament to the fact that WGU graduates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn.
Who the Program is For:
- Individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree and want to become an elementary or secondary school teacher.
- Unlicensed substitute teachers, career changers, retired military personnel, school paraprofessionals, and others with bachelor’s degrees who feel the call to teach.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
Licensure Program Areas
Listed below are the licensure program areas offered through the ARL Program. Guided by best practices and hands-on field experiences, you will quickly learn how to design effective and engaging lesson plans, use technology to teach, manage classrooms, and inspire students and their families to become lifelong learners.
- Elementary (PDF)
- Secondary Biological Science (PDF)
- Secondary Mathematics (PDF)
- Secondary English (PDF)
To be considered eligible for enrollment in any of these licensure areas, you must meet the appropriate content requirements. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to determine whether you have the necessary experience and required background for entry into your desired licensure area.
Our programs will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Demonstration teaching and the cohort seminar are offered twice each year, in the fall and spring. Click here to learn how this program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
These online degree programs require the completion of coursework to ensure you have the essential skills and knowledge you need to ultimately become a licensed teacher, as well as practice teaching in an actual classroom.
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
Foundations of Teaching Practice Integration
Instructional Planning and Presentation
Professional Behavior and Dispositions
Demonstration Teaching (practice teaching)
In-classroom experience is an invaluable part of becoming a highly qualified teacher. Your in-classroom experience will help you elevate the academic knowledge and teaching skills you’ve developed into a practical way of effectively and confidently tackling the challenges of your own classroom.