Education Teacher Preparation Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to Education Teacher Preparation's most commonly asked questions.

FAQ Questions


There are a wide variety of effective teaching styles. Some are content-centered and some are student-centered, but what connects the different styles is passion, a love of learning, willingness to try new things, organization, empathy, and cultural awareness.

Teaching is for you if you possess these qualities! Contact TMCC's Education Teacher Preparation Program to learn more.

Both! Start with TMCC's Academic Advisement, and then also make an appointment with UNR. That way you'll have the latest requirements and you'll keep the flow of communication accurate and cross-referenced.

PRAXIS and CBEST are tests required for teacher licensure, and for application to teacher education degree programs.

These tests assess competency in college-level reading, composition and mathematics, so it is a good idea to take these tests as soon as English 102 and Math 120 or Math 126 are completed. 

If you plan on teaching in a secondary STEM subject (math or science) and plan on transferring to UNR, you will complete the "Nevada Teach" program.

Please be sure to meet with TMCC Academic Advisement Office for more information regarding the Nevada Teach program.

Elementary teachers (K-8 grades) typically teach all subjects (language arts, math, social studies, and science) to one group of students.

Secondary teachers (7-12 grades) typically teach 1-2 subjects to different groups of students throughout the day. Teachers in middle schools may teach multiple subjects or single subjects, depending on the grades and structure of the middle school, and if the teacher holds an elementary or secondary teaching license.

Visit the Nevada Department of Education's Educator Licensure Office for more info.

Visit the Washoe County School District for up-to-date information about obtaining your substitute teaching license, and the Nevada Department of Education's Education Licensure Office is another excellent resource.

To get a teaching credential, one must conduct many hours of observation and practice in real classrooms. You will gather priceless ideas inside actual classrooms about subject matter, management, and lessons. The live classroom is where you experience deep learning so that you can become a great teacher.

Also, at local school site, you start the process of networking and connecting with teachers and administrators so that you can more easily get a local job.

After completing your degree at TMCC, you will need to continue your education in a bachelor’s level teaching program. Many of these programs require an application that must include verifiable experience working with children in a learning environment, as well as letters of recommendation from educators.