Frequently Asked Questions
Directions: Below are Frequently Asked Questions for the Advising Center. Click on a question to view the answer.
- What Undergraduate/Bachelor's degrees are offered through the College of Education at UNLV?
- What is a pre-major?
- What is the maximum number of credits I may take per semester?
- What is my class standing?
- How do I know which catalog I should follow?
- I am currently a UNLV student in a major other than Education. How can I change my major?
- What is a minor and do I have to have one?
- Do transfer courses from CSN and other institutions affect my overall GPA at UNLV?
- I received a low grade in one of my courses. What will happen if I repeat it?
- How many hours of "study time" are required for my college courses?
- What does "withdrawal" mean?
- Where can I get information on Financial Aid?
- What if I attempt to register and the class is full?
- How may I obtain important messages and announcements from the College of Education Advising Center?
- Can a misdemeanor or felonious conviction affect my ability to obtain teacher licensure?
- What is a practicum or field experience?
- What if I am scheduled to graduate in August?
- How do I initiate my graduation application and apply for student teaching?
- What if I already have a bachelor's degree?
- Early Childhood Education (Grades pre-K-2 or non-license option)
- Elementary Education (Grades K-8)
- Human Services
- Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)
- Special Education (Grades K-12)
Freshmen may take a maximum of 17 credits per semester. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may take a maximum of 18 credits per semester. Summer term maximum credits are: Summer Session I allows a maximum of 3 credits, Summer Session II allows 6 credits, and Summer Session III also allows 6 credits. If you wish to enroll in a four-credit course, and a three-credit course in sessions II or III, an overload petition is not necessary. Students who wish to exceed the maximum number of credits during any given semester must petition for a credit overload. Petitions may be picked up in the COE Undergraduate Advising Center (CEB 221).
Class standing is determined by the number of semester credits which a student has completed:
- Freshman: 0-29 semester credits
- Sophomore: 30-59 semester credits
- Junior: 60-89 semester credits
- Senior: 90+ semester credits
You may follow the catalog of your year of enrollment in your baccalaureate-level program or your year of graduation. If you changed your major, you may choose the catalog of your latest change of major or the catalog of your year of graduation. Whichever catalog is used, it cannot be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.
Please call our office at 702-895-1537 to schedule an advising appointment. You must have a 2.75 GPA to change your major to Education.
A minor is an approved area of study requiring fewer courses than a major requires. A minor is not required.
No, your overall UNLV GPA is calculated based on UNLV grades only. However, transfer credits of C- and below are not acceptable into the Elementary Education program.
Students are strongly encouraged to repeat any grades below "C." A student may repeat any UNLV course once at UNLV and not have the original grade computed in the GPA. Courses that are initially taken at UNLV must be repeated at UNLV in order to have the initial grade omitted from the computation of the GPA. (When a repeat course is completed more than once, only the original grade is omitted from the GPA).
In order to earn A's and B's, a typical student must spend twice as much time out of class (studying, writing papers, doing homework, making flashcards, etc.) as he/she spends in class. For example, a student taking 12 credits during a given semester spends approximately 12 hours/week in class. Therefore, it is recommended that he/she spend twice that amount of time (24 hours) studying and working on various course-related material.
Withdrawal is the act of officially leaving the University. Students may drop individual courses without withdrawing from the University, however, a "W" may be assigned to the UNLV transcript. Failure to attend class does not constitute a withdrawal. Students who do not officially drop will be assigned an F grade for that class. Final drop dates for individual courses may be located in the semester schedules.
For information on Financial Aid, including information regarding the Millennium Scholarship, contact Financial Aid & Scholarships (SSC 232, 702-895-3424).
Registration information can be found at the Advising Center Registration.
In addition to meeting with your advisor every semester, please periodically check the bulletin boards in the Carlson Education Building (most are located near the elevators). Also, the College of Education Advising Center will send you important messages and announcements via your UNLV e-mail address. You may activate your account at http://rebelmail.unlv.edu. We strongly encourage you to check your UNLV e-mail and WebCampus accounts on a regular basis.
Misdemeanors or felonious convictions may prohibit teachers from obtaining licensure. Call the Nevada State Department of Education at 702-486-6455 for details.
Every major in the College of Education has some type of practicum or field experience. Most teacher licensure programs contain more than one practica or field experience in which students go into a classroom for a specified amount of time each week. Usually, students present lesson plans and perform other teacher-related commitments. Majors which do not lead to teacher licensure also have some type of internship or field experience.
Since there is not a graduation ceremony in August, students will participate in the December ceremony and complete their remaining courses in the summer. For more information regarding the graduation ceremony, please call the Graduation Office at 702-895-1799, or view http://commencement.unlv.edu.
Once you have completed 90 credits, are in good academic standing, and are a full-major, you can initiate your graduation application through MyUNLV. Students will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar. This process takes approximately 3-4 weeks. If you are student teaching the following semester, you will need to complete your student teaching application with an advisor by the specified deadlines (October 15th for Fall student teaching and April 1st for Spring student teaching).
There are several options for students interested in pursuing a career in Education who already possess a Bachelor's degree in another field: The first option is to earn a second Bachelor's degree in Education. For further information contact the College of Education Undergraduate Advising Center 702-895-1537). Various other alternatives are listed below. Please pay careful attention to the prerequisites for each of the programs below.
- Call 702-895-1536 for information regarding the Graduate Licensure Program (GLP).
- Call 702-895-5994 for information regarding post-baccalaureate opportunities in Educational & Clinical Studies (includes School Counseling and Special Education).
- Call 702-895-3253 for information regarding post-baccalaureate opportunities in Educational Cognition, Research, & Development (includes Educational Psycology and School Psychology).
- If you already have a teaching license and are interested in endorsement information, contact the Nevada State Department of Education at 702-486-6455.