Alternative Route to Licensure

  • Washoe County School District was authorized by the Nevada Department of Education to host the "pre-service portion" of the Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) program, which allows teachers to work on a provisional license while they complete the coursework required for full licensure. The "pre-service portion" consists of 120 hours of internship with a lead teacher combined with 120 hours Boot Camp instruction (from 4-8 PM).  The "pre-service portion" takes one semester to complete.  However, you have one full year to complete the "pre-service portion" if needed.  Please note that the "pre-service portion" is held twice a year - Fall semester and Spring semester.  At the end of the "pre-service portion," ARL students will teach a content area lesson under observation of the ARL Coordinator.  Upon successful completion of the "pre-service portion," ARL students can begin applying to unfilled positions in WCSD.  Please read below for more information.  

     News Story regarding WCSD's ARL Program

    ARL is available for high-needs teaching areas:

    Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education, Secondary Math, Secondary Science, Music (K-12 or 7-12), Physical Education, Spanish, French, German, and Mandarin Chinese.

    ARL candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher and may not have been previously licensed or have completed student teaching in the United States. 


    Step 1 - Online Application

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

    If you do not currently possess some type of license issued by the Nevada 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

    Step 2 – Praxis Core or CBEST Exam or have taken the SAT/ACT exam within the last 10 years

    All ARL students must pass the Praxis Core or CBEST or have taken the SAT/ACT exam within the last 10 years.  Upload the exam results on the "Attachments" page of your WCSD certified application.  

    Step 3 – Become a Guest Teacher (Substitute Teacher) in WCSD

    • Apply for a substitute teacher license with the Nevada Department of Education
    • Complete a WCSD Certified Application
    • Go to the "Jobs" tab in your WCSD Certified Application and search for the "Guest Teacher" posting.  Click "View/Apply" and "Apply."  
    • When you receive your substitute license and your WCSD Certified Application is complete, send an email to the and ask to be a substitute teacher in WCSD 
    • It takes 8-12 weeks to obtain a license from the Nevada Department of Education, so begin now!

    Step 4 – Contact the ARL Coordinator

    Contact the ARL Coordinator regarding your interest in completing the "pre-service portion" of WCSD's ARL program.  Dr. Janet Pulleyn, (775) 325-2075 or

    Step 5 – Orientation and "Pre-Service Portion" Training

    • Attend the Orientation - Mandatory
    • Internship – 120 hours of in-class observation and participation
    • 60-hour meeting - Meeting between the ARL Coordinator, ARL intern, and the lead teacher
    • Boot Camp – 120 hours of professional development training
    • Praxis Testing for Secondary Teachers – Secondary Teachers (Math, Science, Language, Physical Education and Music) must pass content-specific Praxis exams before they are allowed to go into our hiring pools and apply for positions

    Step 6 – Lesson Observation

    ARL students will teach a content lesson in a WCSD classroom and be observed by the ARL Coordinator.

    Step 7 - School Site Interviews and Hiring

    ARL students interview with school leaders for specific content area positions until hired.  

    Step 8 – Program Planning Meeting – Mentor Assigned

    ARL students will meet with WCSD’s Licensing Technician to complete a final review of transcripts, CBEST or 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 9 – Apply for License

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

    Step 10 – Educational Program Coursework/Begin Teaching

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

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    Upcoming Information Sessions:

    If you are interested in learning about WCSD's "pre-service portion" of ARL, please attend a mandatory Info Session.  Click on the link below for dates and Zoom link to attend:  

    Fall 2024 Cohort - The last day to apply is July 19, 2024.

    Spring 2025 Cohort - The last day to apply is November 29, 2024.

    ARL - FAQ - Many of your ARL questions are answered here.  

    For more questions, please email Ms. Leah Ramsey.

    ARL Providers 2024


Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web-Accessibility

  • The District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation in any of its educational programs/activities, employment, and employment opportunities.  For the District's full Notice of Non-Discrimination statement as well as methods to address questions and concerns please visit our Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility page.

    For more information, visit the Civil Rights Compliance Department page.

    El Distrito prohíbe la intimidación, la intimidación cibernética, el acoso, el acoso sexual, la discriminación y / o las represalias en cualquiera de sus programas / actividades educativas, empleo y oportunidades de empleo. Para obtener la declaración completa del Aviso de No Discriminación del Distrito, así como los métodos para abordar preguntas e inquietudes, visite nuestra página de Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility

    Para más información visite   Civil Rights Compliance Department page.