Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What Undergraduate/Bachelor's degrees are offered through the College of Education at UNLV?
  2. What is a minor and do I have to have one?
  3. How do I schedule an appointment to meet with a College of Education Advisor?
  4. What is a pre-major?
  5. How do I apply for Financial Aid? Scholarships and Grants?
  6. I need more information about how to apply for the TEACH grant.
  7. Where can I find information on the Praxis exams?
  8. What is the maximum number of credits I may take per semester?
  9. What is my class standing?
  10. What are the upcoming dates for the Career Fair?
  11. How do I know which catalog I should follow?
  12. I am currently a UNLV student in a major other than Education. How can I change my major?
  13. Do transfer courses from CSN and other institutions affect my overall GPA at UNLV?
  14. I received a low grade in one of my courses. What will happen if I repeat it?
  15. How many hours of "study time" are required for my college courses?
  16. What does "withdrawal" mean?
  17. What do I do if I'm having course registration issues or I'm attempting to register and the class is full?
  18. How may I obtain important messages and announcements from the Education Student Services Center?
  19. Can a misdemeanor or felonious conviction affect my ability to obtain teacher licensure?
  20. Who do I contact for a verification or recommendation to be completed by the institution?
  21. Where can I find the contact information for my professors, specific colleges, or departments?
  22. What is a practicum or field experience?
  23. Where can I find information about International Student Teaching?
  24. Where can I find more regarding the student conduct policies at UNLV?
  25. What if I am scheduled to graduate in August?
  26. How do I initiate my graduation application and apply for student teaching?
  27. What Graduate Assistant positions are available?
  28. What if I already have a bachelor's degree?

1. What Undergraduate/Bachelor's degrees are offered through the College of Education at UNLV?
  • Early Childhood Education (Grades pre K-2 or non-license/administrative option)
  • Elementary Education (Grades K-8)
  • Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)
    Secondary Education Teaching Fields:
    • Art
    • Biological Science
    • Earth Science
    • English
    • General Science
    • Math
    • Physical Science
    • Social Studies
  • Special Education (Grades K-12)
  • Human Services

2. What is a minor and do I have to have one?

A minor is an approved area of study requiring fewer courses than a major requires. A minor is not required.


3. How do I schedule an appointment to meet with a College of Education Advisor?

New and prospective students: Please call our office at 702-895-1537 to schedule your first advising appointment.

Continuing students: Contact the ESSC at 702-895-1537 to schedule your advising appointment. We suggest you always book your appointments early each semester, especially if you need to meet an application deadline.


4. What is a pre-major?

All students in the College of Education are initially admitted as pre-majors. Once you meet all of your full-major requirements (every major has different requirements), you will either submit a formal application or be automatically switched over to full major, depending on your program of study.


5. How do I apply for Financial Aid? Scholarships and Grants?

Contact a Financial Aid representative at 702-895-3424 or visit the UNLV Financial Aid website.


6. I need more information about how to apply for the TEACH grant.

Read more about the TEACH grant at the UNLV Financial Aid website.


7. Where can I find information on the Praxis exams?

You can find all of the information you need on the ETS website.


8. What is the maximum number of credits I may take per semester?

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 4 credits, Summer Session II allows 7 credits, and Summer Session III also allows 7 credits. Students who wish to exceed the maximum number of credits during any given semester must submit a credit overload form. If your cumulative UNLV GPA is a 3.0 or higher, you will be automatically approved. If your GPA is below a 3.0, you will need to submit a petition to the Education Student Services Center to request permission to overload. The petition form may be picked up in the COE Student Services Center or downloaded:

Petitions should be submitted directly to the Education Student Services Center.


9. What is my class standing?

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

10. What are the upcoming dates for the Career Fair?

You can contact a Career Services representative at 702-895-3495 for specific questions, or refer to the UNLV Career Services website.


11. How do I know which catalog I should follow?

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, your advisor may change your catalog year if it is in your best interest to do so. Whichever catalog is used, it cannot be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.


12. I am currently a UNLV student in a major other than Education. How can I change my major?

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 anything in the College of Education. If your GPA is below 2.75, you will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor one time to review the program requirements, develop a graduation goal sheet, and discuss a plan to raise your GPA. Once your GPA has reached at least a 2.75, you may come back in for additional advising and officially change your major.


13. Do transfer courses from CSN and other institutions affect my overall GPA at UNLV?

No, grades do not transfer; only your credits transfer to fulfill the requirement. Your overall UNLV GPA is calculated based on UNLV grades only. However, transfer credits of C- and below are not accepted into the Elementary Education program and these courses must be repeated.


14. I received a low grade in one of my courses. What will happen if I repeat it?

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 their GPA, though both grades will still show on your transcript. 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). If you end up retaking the class at a different institution, that retake may still be applied to your program requirements, however, only your initial grade at UNLV will count toward your GPA. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to repeat courses only at UNLV.


15. How many hours of "study time" are required for my college courses?

In order to earn A's and B's, a typical student must spend twice as much time outside of class (studying, writing papers, doing homework, making flashcards, etc.) as they spend 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.


16. What does "withdrawal" mean?

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; you must officially drop the course through the Student Center in MyUNLV. Students who do not officially drop will be assigned an F grade for that class. You may only withdraw from a course up until a certain point in the semester, and these dates are posted on every semester schedule and listed on your front page in MyUNLV.


17. What do I do if I'm having course registration issues or I'm attempting to register and the class is full?

Registration information can be found at the Advising Center Registration page.


18. How may I obtain important messages and announcements from the Education Student Services Center?

The Education Student Services Center utilizes WebCampus as an advising tool; all COE majors are broken down into a different course section. If you are not currently enrolled in your specific College of Education section, you must request to be added ASAP! Our office will send you important messages and announcements via WebCampus regarding, but not limited to: scholarship information, important deadlines and due dates, praxis information, office hours changes, upcoming events, state licensing updates, and other important major-related information. Please note all web campus announcements are automatically forwarded to your RebelMail. If you need to get ahold of your advisor, please call the office or email them directly; do not message through WebCampus, as those inboxes are not monitored regularly. In addition to WebCampus, be sure to check your UNLV e-mail on a regular basis, as we send important information to your RebelMail such as advising appointment confirmations and reminders, full major information, academic progress and status updates, etc. If you have not already done so, you may activate your account at http://rebelmail.unlv.edu/. In addition to meeting with your advisor every semester and consistently checking your RebelMail and WebCampus, please periodically check the bulletin boards in the Carlson Education Building (most are located near the elevators).


19. Can a misdemeanor or felonious conviction affect my ability to obtain teacher licensure?

Misdemeanors or felonious convictions may prohibit teachers from obtaining licensure. Call the Nevada State Department of Education at 702-486-6455 for details.


20. Who do I contact for a verification or recommendation to be completed by the institution?

Undergraduate: Contact Education Student Services Center at 702-895-1537
Graduate: Contact College of Education Dean's Office at 702-895-3375


21. Where can I find the contact information for my professors, specific colleges, or departments?

You may visit the UNLV Employee Directory website for instructors' email addresses, office phone numbers and office locations, as well as the contact information and locations for individual colleges or departments on campus at: https://www.unlv.edu/directories. Your instructors' contact information is typically listed on your syllabus as well, so don't forget to refer to that when trying to reach them!


22. What is a practicum or field experience?

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 or other work environment for a specified amount of time each week. Students in education-related majors present lesson plans and perform other teacher-related duties and commitments. Majors which do not lead to teacher licensure also have some type of internship or field experience.


23. Where can I find information about International Student Teaching?

International Student Teaching is a valuable experience which every student should consider if you meet the minimum requirements! Visit the International Student Teaching page for program requirements, information on the application/interview process and deadlines, costs, and more specific information regarding the various programs and locations we offer with the International Programs office.


24. Where can I find more regarding the student conduct policies at UNLV?

You can refer to the UNLV Office of Student Conduct site for department contact information, rules and policies at UNLV, and various forms.


25. What if I am scheduled to graduate in August?

Since there is not a graduation ceremony in August, students will participate in either the May or 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.


26. How do I initiate my graduation application and apply for student teaching?

Once you have completed 90 credits, you will start receiving emails regarding applying for graduation. However, you will need to wait to apply through MyUNLV until the semester before you graduate, just as long as you are in good academic standing, and are a full-major. Upon applying, 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 online student teaching application with an advisor by the specified deadlines (October 1st for Spring student teaching and March 1st for Summer and Fall student teaching).


27. What Graduate Assistant positions are available?

If you are starting a Master's program at UNLV, you may be eligible for a Graduate Assistantship! These are a great way to help off-set the cost of graduate school and receive valuable hands-on experience related to the field you wish to pursue. Please contact each department within te College of Education separately to inquire about their Graduate Assistant openings and application/interview process: http://education.unlv.edu/masters/. You can also find more information regarding general Graduate Assistant information and application information through the UNLV Graduate College at https://www.unlv.edu/graduatecollege/ga.


28. What if I already have a bachelor's degree?

There are several options for students interested in pursuing a career in Education who already possess a Bachelor's degree: The first option is to earn a second Bachelor's degree in Education. Various other alternatives are listed below. Please pay careful attention to the prerequisites for each of the programs below.

  • Call the Education Student Services Center at 702-895-1537 if you have a Bachelor's degree in anything except education and would like to pursue teacher licensure through the following programs: Alternative Route to Licensure, Teach for America, or Troops to Teachers. You can also view information online at the licensure page
  • Call 702-895-1540 for information regarding post-baccalaureate opportunities in Teaching & Learning
  • Call 702-895-3205 for information regarding post-baccalaureate opportunities in Education & Clinical Studies
  • Call 702-895-3253 for information regarding post-baccalaureate opportunities in Education Psychology & Higher Education

If you already have a teaching license and are interested in endorsement information, contact the Nevada State Department of Education at 702-486-6455.