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Incline college offers new teaching program

Dr. Kenneth Hart, statewide executive director of the Teacher Education Program at Sierra Nevada College, announced the college has received approval to offer a Master of Arts in Teaching Program, beginning in spring 2005.

“We are looking for students to apply who have a desire to contribute their talents to the work of enhancing public education,” Dr. Hart said.

In this program, students will address issues in teaching and learning and become eligible for a Nevada State teaching license in either elementary or secondary education.

Sierra Nevada College, Nevada’s only private, four-year residential liberal arts college, has offered a fifth-year, post-baccalaureate teacher education certificate program for the past 15 years.

Two groups of students will be eligible to apply for the new M.A.T. program: Those who have completed the SNC fifth-year, post-baccalaureate teacher education certificate program in the past seven years, or who are currently licensed and teaching; and new students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and choose to apply for admittance into the stand-alone M.A.T. program.

Just as students in the accelerated, fifth-year post-baccalaureate program can complete the certification program in three consecutive semesters, new students can complete the M.A.T. program in five consecutive semesters. To accommodate students’ work schedules, classes are offered in the late afternoons and early evenings, as well as some weekends. Classes are held on the SNC campus in Incline Village, in Reno and in Las Vegas. Class size is limited to enhance each student’s learning and skills development.

“Our innovative faculty prepares future teachers to succeed in the classroom by using interactive methods and reflective learning. Many of our faculty hold advanced degrees and have local teaching experience, which helps students prepare for a successful teaching career,” Dr. Hart said.

The SNC Teacher Education Admissions Office is currently contacting people who graduated from the program within the past seven years to notify them of this opportunity. New groups of eligible students will be admitted to the program each semester, including summers. New students in Las Vegas or interested parties who have completed the SNC program and have not been contacted should contact Nadine Nielsen (702) 434-6599, nnielsen@sierranevada.edu. In Reno and Northern Nevada, call Mary Marinello (775) 831-7799, ext. 5005, mmarinello@sierranevada.edu.


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