CCSD and Reducing Barriers to Teacher Certification

The Clark County School District (CCSD) is working with, a leading online education platform, to provide test prep scholarships for aspiring teachers.

Through’s Keys to the Classroom, CCSD will receive donated licenses to comprehensive, cost-free materials and resources to help future teachers prepare and pass their certification tests.

The multi-year agreement aims to remove barriers for aspiring educators preparing to take certification tests to earn their teaching credentials. The teacher test prep licenses will be distributed through CCSD’s existing support staff and substitute teachers in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) College of Education’s Paraprofessional Pathways Project (PPP). This program provides a vital pipeline for CCSD through a fast-tracked pathway to a Bachelor of Science degree in education and teacher licensure.

“As we continue working to place qualified teachers in every classroom, CCSD strives to reduce barriers for aspiring teachers,” CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara said. “This agreement gives aspiring teachers in the District’s pipeline additional resources to support them on their path to earning their teaching license.”

A recent CCSD survey of aspiring teachers found passing the required PRAXIS tests to be one of the most significant barriers to attaining their teacher certification. Keys to the Classroom will allow Clark County Schools to continue to advance its recruitment efforts across the county and state while providing opportunities to accelerate the certification process for many prospective teachers.

“Keys to the Classroom seeks to reduce testing barriers so educators of all backgrounds and ethnicities can access the teaching profession,” said Dana Bryson, senior vice president of social impact at “CCSD’s diverse student population requires a diverse teaching corps, and we hope that Keys to the Classroom can play a part in bringing more teachers to the district by removing testing barriers.”

Through Keys to the Classroom, partners with education departments, school districts, colleges of education and education-focused nonprofits to help aspiring educators prepare and pass their credentialing exams. Keys to the Classroom is currently in 14 states, and has committed to donating over $3 million in test prep materials. Across the nation, hundreds of teacher cadets are currently enrolled in Keys to the Classroom, including 50 percent who identify as people of color. Keys to the Classroom was recently honored by Tech and Learning with an Award of Excellence for Primary Education.

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