Education Teacher Preparation

Elementary school student


Education is a career that will give you the unique opportunity to profoundly impact the lives of children, to contribute to your community and to change the future. The need for teachers is great and continual and the teaching credential is a portable one that will be useful anywhere you live. Teachers have a family-friendly work schedule and a work environment that is never dull. TMCC offers you the opportunity to obtain an associate degree in elementary or secondary education which will prepare you to transfer to a four year institution to complete your bachelor’s degree in education.

Why Choose Education at TMCC?

In TMCC’s Education Teacher Preparation Program, you will be able to start a professional portfolio, satisfy requirements to enter UNR, NSC or other transfer institutions and complete a Bachelor’s degree, synthesize Nevada state educational standards, and gain multicultural education training.

TMCC’s Education majors offer several key advantages:

  • Our Education Teacher Preparation programs satisfy the first two years of requirements for both University of Nevada (UNR) and Nevada State University (NSU) and prepare you for completing your bachelor’s degree.
  • Most required courses are offered both in person and online so that you can choose the type of class that works best for your schedule.
  • TMCC offers a unique opportunity to participate in a special education course that is held at Marvin Picollo School which will give you hands-on experience in special education.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in practicum experiences in your lower division coursework which is unique to TMCC.
  • Our small class sizes ensure you have personalized attention and help when you need it and provide an ideal learning environment.

What Will I Study?

Whether you choose elementary or secondary education as your major, at the conclusion of your degree you will be able to demonstrate the scope of knowledge and skills based on the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards.

The INTASC standards are:

  • The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and the structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
  • The teacher understands how children learn and develop, and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social, and personal development.
  • The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
  • The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
  • The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation.
  • The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
  • The teacher plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, the community, and curriculum goals.
  • The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of the learner.
  • The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
  • The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support students' learning and well-being.