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Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway
Elko, Nevada 8980

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GBC Offers Alternate Route to Licensure Program Offers Path to Reduce Teacher Shortage

Great Basin College’s Alternate Route to Licensure (ARL) Program offers a specialized path to teaching licensure for students. Students who are enrolled in the program have completed a bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited institutions. While enrolled, students teach full-time, and upon graduation can apply for traditional teaching licenses. Students must remain continually enrolled in the program while teaching and must finish the program within three years. There are 44 students enrolled in the ARL program this semester.

“At a time of great need for teachers, Great Basin College is thrilled to offer alternate paths,” said Dean Mary Doucette. “The ARL Program allows educated professionals from many different backgrounds to change course, find a new passion, and educate the next generation.”

To be eligible for the ARL Program, students must provide official transcripts showing proof of graduation with a bachelor’s degree, pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam, submit to a fingerprint background check by the Nevada Department of Education, and complete an admissions interview.

Elko County School District is also offering incentives for this program and will reimburse employee tuition and registration expenses for courses taken through the GBC ARL Program before May 15, 2023. There are 23 students currently enrolled in the ARL program and employed with the Elko County School District.

Individuals with questions or interest in the ARL Program are encouraged to contact Brian Zeiszler at or Denise Padilla at

Great Basin College, “The Gold Standard in the Silver State”, celebrates students while offering associate and bachelor’s degrees in academic, career, and technical education areas. GBC serves students enrolled online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. Branch campuses also serve the communities of Battle Mountain, Ely, Pahrump, and Winnemucca. Satellite centers are located in nearly 20 communities across rural Nevada. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California.

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Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway
Elko, Nevada 89801

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Great Basin College, "The Gold Standard in the Silver State", offers associate and baccalaureate level education in academic, career and technical fields. Welcoming over 4,000 students annually from all corners of the country, both online and at our various campuses and centers, GBC's presence extends across two time zones and spans more than 86,000 square miles throughout Nevada. A leader in rural higher education, GBC takes pride in developing students who are well-prepared to meet the demands of industry and who contribute to the success and prosperity of the local economy.

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