The Rural Education Initiative seeks to encourage talented teacher candidates to student teach in Nevada rural school districts and eventually become a teacher in a Nevada rural school district. The value of the stipend is $500-$800 for the semester of student teaching. Stipend recipients are expected to complete student teaching in a Nevada rural school district and then apply and work at a rural school district after graduating. If selected as a Rural Teaching Scholar, the recipient will receive half of the stipend at the start of student teaching and the remaining half when they successfully complete student teaching and is expected to work in a Nevada rural school district.
Eligible Applicants Must Meet the Following Criteria:
- Be enrolled in a teacher preparation program at the University of Nevada, Reno College of Education.
- Be already placed in a student teaching experience within a Nevada rural school district.
- Pursue a career as a full-time teacher in a Nevada rural school district after graduation and securing a Nevada teaching license.
- Have completed all requirements for their undergraduate degree except for their student teaching experience.
Preference will be given to the teacher candidates in any of the following high need areas:
- Special Education
- Cultural/linguistic diversity
- Willingness to teach in one of the rural school districts (especially small rural school districts with less than 1,000 students) that are located 50 miles or more from major metropolitan areas and outside of the Truckee Meadows region of Nevada.
Definition of Nevada Rural School District: For the purpose of this stipend, and Nevada school district with a student enrollment of 6,500 students or less is defined as a rural school district. Preference for student teaching placement will be given to those school districts that are also located 50 miles or more from major metropolitan areas and outside of the Truckee Meadows region of Nevada.