Sierra Nevada College to offer Master of Arts in Administration program
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — In response to what teachers are saying they need in order to respond to employment trends in education, Sierra Nevada College is launching a new route to qualifying for administrative roles in Nevada’s public school systems.
In the next decade, a high percentage of school administrators in the state of Nevada are expected to retire, while the demand both in Nevada and nationwide for teachers is expected to continue to rise through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This could mean that many teachers in Nevada’s school districts will consider entering an administrative role; however, these positions require a specific state certification on their teaching license that is not required for teaching positions.
Teachers have several options for acquiring this added certification, Locally, Sierra Nevada College offers a certificate program as well as a Master of Education that focuses on Administrative Leadership, both of which meet the state requirements for school administrators.
However, this spring, SNC is launching a third option, a Master of Arts in Administration, which many in the state’s educational community hope will help ramp up the number of qualified applicants for the positions being vacated by retirees.
The new MAA will appeal to Nevada’s teachers for two specific reasons. Certificate programs in administration typically take four semesters to complete, but they are ineligible for financial aid; while the MEd is eligible for aid, it can take up to seven semesters to complete.
An MAA takes less time than the MEd (around five semesters), and students are eligible for financial aid to complete the program. The MAA at SNC is a hybrid program, meaning some courses are completed online and some are completed face-to-face at SNC’s campuses in Reno and Las Vegas.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; the first classes will start in January.
This article was submitted to the Bonanza by Sierra Nevada College, the private four-year college based in Incline Village. Visit sierranevada.edu to learn more.