Alternative Route to Licensure


    Washoe County School District was recently authorized by the Nevada Department of Education to host an Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) program, which allows teachers to work on provisional licenses while they complete the coursework required for full licensure. 

     News Story from April 2017 regarding WCSD's ARL Program

    ARL is available for high-needs teaching areas: Elementary Education, Secondary Math, Secondary Science, Early Childhood Education, Music, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Special Education. ARL candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree and may not have been previously licensed or have completed student teaching in the United States. 



    ARL Process

    Step 1 - Online Application

    Access WCSD’s Online Application System and fill out a Certified application. 

    If you don’t currently possess some type of license issued by a state Department of Education (i.e. Substitute teaching license), please enter “ARL” in all of the required fields on the licensing page so that the system recognizes there is a record entered.  Make sure you have four professional confidential references returned and have attached a copy of your transcripts to your application.  

    Once your application is complete:

    • Select the Jobs tab
    • Select View/Apply next to the Alternative Route to Licensure Program job posting
    • After reviewing the job specifications, click on Apply for the Job

    We will review applications for minimum qualifications when we are selecting a new cohort of program participants.  Apply by the end of September in order to complete Orientation and Pre-Service Training in the spring and become eligible for contract hire the following fall. Apply by the end of March in order to complete Orientation and Pre-Service Training in the fall and become eligible for contract hire the following spring. 

    Step 2 – Praxis Core or CBEST Exam

    All applicants must pass the Praxis Core or CBEST Exams in Reading, Writing and Math before being admitted into the ARL Cohort. 

    Step 3 – Interview with the ARL Coordinator

    Any applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be interviewed by our ARL Coordinator to assess program and teaching potential.

    Step 4 – Orientation and Pre-Service Training

    • Boot Camp – 120 hours of professional development training
    • School Based Experience – 120 hours of in-class observation and participation
    • Praxis Testing – Teachers must pass content-specific exams depending on what subjects they will be teaching


    Step 5 – Lesson Observation

    At this point, candidates will teach a lesson in a WCSD classroom and be observed by a School Leader and a Human Resources representative.

    Step 6 – Program Planning Meeting – Mentor Assigned

    Candidates will meet with WCSD’s Licensing Technician to complete a final review of transcripts and Praxis scores and to compile the ARL Program Plan-scheduling out the remaining requirements to be completed during the course of the three-year program.

    Step 7 – School Site Interviews

    At this point, candidates interview with School Leaders for specific positions.

    Step 8 – Apply for License

    Once a candidate is hired, WCSD applies for a conditional license on the employee’s behalf. 

    Step 9 – Ed Program Coursework/Begin Teaching

    ARL teachers work in the classroom for up to three years while they complete the coursework and testing requirements for complete licensure.  Once those requirements have been met, the teacher is issued a clear teaching credential.

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    Learn more about the Alternative Route to Licensure Program at an upcoming informational session.  RSVP Janet L Pulleyn, Ph.D.
    Upcoming Informational Sessions:

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 6-7 PM

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 6-7 PM

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 6-7 PM

    For more information about WCSD's ARL Program, please contact:

    Janet L Pulleyn, Ph.D.


    Additional ARL Providers  


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