Early Childhood ARL Program

Interested in teaching individuals with disabilities or young children? Then the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies' Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) program is a great way to seek your degree and pursue your teaching dream. The ARL program is a fast-paced program where you have the possibility of receiving your conditional teaching license in the state of Nevada after one semester (based on successful completion of licensing requirements) and you will receive your Master's degree within a year. In order to apply you must be willing to seek a Masters' degree or license in one of the following areas in special education: Early Childhood or Early Childhood Special Education. Lastly, you must have a passion for working with individuals with disabilities or young children.

The UNLV ARL program is designed for you to take 9 credit hours of courses in your first semester that are designed to provide you with an introduction to special education/early childhood education, students with disabilities or young children, and pedagogical practices that you will implement in your teaching practice. In addition to these courses, you will engage in a series of observation and clinical practices in a public school environment for a total of 45 hours in the first semester. After successful completion of these classes and activities, you will be recommended for a conditional license (valid for 3 years) to the Nevada Department of Education. You will then be eligible for hire in schools in Nevada. You will continue courses in order to complete the criteria for a standard teaching license.

Candidates must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply to the UNLV ARL program:

  1. Hold a Bachelor's degree in a field other than education.
  2. Pass the Praxis Core (Reading, Writing, and Math) or the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
  3. Be accepted to the UNLV Graduate College.

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in applying for the UNLV ARL program please follow the steps listed below:

  • Step 1: Complete the ARL Application form by November 15 for the spring program, April 15 for the summer program, or July 15 for the fall program.
  • Step 2: Participate in an interview on the UNLV campus.
  • Step 3: Once accepted into the ARL program you will participate in a formal orientation where you will be given information about program deadlines and guidelines.