May 8, 2024 - May 8, 2024

Innovation in Educator Preparation: Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Programs at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Educator Preparation Programs have opportunities to strengthen partnerships and develop new preparation programs by participating in registered educator apprenticeships. The focus of this session is to explore innovation in educator preparation programming within registered teacher apprenticeships. 

This session features the statewide Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Currently with 500+ registered apprentices in the K-12 teacher occupation, the registered apprenticeship program at UNLV has quickly grown to become one of the largest programs in the country.  Dr. Kenneth Varner, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives in the College of Education, and Dr. Danice Hayes, Dean of College of Education, will describe UNLV’s role as the statewide sponsor; their  innovative recruiting strategies for underrepresented populations for different pathways; their competency-based condensed coursework; how the program is currently funded at no cost to apprentices; and the extensive support system that has been in place for multiple years and resulted in a 92% graduation rate. 

This session builds on the CCNetwork Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Program (R-TAP) Professional Learning Series, which brought together state and local education and labor leaders to learn with and from guest speakers and one another about designing, implementing, funding, and sustaining R-TAPs. Participants learned about sources of education and labor funds that can be used to fund components of R-TAPs for apprentices entering at various points in the teacher pathway as well as those to support underserved, and under-represented future teachers.