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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) College of Education (COE) provides numerous routes to teacher licensure for candidates. All programs are research-based as well as steeped in the pedagogical practices that support the academic achievement of all students. The variety of programs offered through the COE are designed to meet the needs of enrollees at different stages in their professional and personal lives through a variety of course work and field experiences. The Education Student Services Center (ESSC) and COE faculty provide continuous support to candidates as they matriculate through programs.

Alternative route to licensure (ARL) program (see below), candidates who hold a bachelor's degree, and pass all requirements successfully, are eligible for a conditional teaching license from the Nevada Department of Education (DOE). Successful candidates can begin teaching after one semester of course work. ARL program course are at the graduate level and meet highest academic standards.

The COE faculty offer coursework for students in external ARL programs that include Troops to Educators, Teach for America, and Clark County School District.

For all traditional and ARL teacher education programs listed below, contact the Education Student Services Center (ESSC) at education.advising@unlv.edu.

Teacher Preparation Program Options

The COE offers the following options for becoming licensed as a teacher:

For those who have completed, or are currently completing, an associate's degree in any discipline:

Note: Students can transfer earned credits from an associate's degree program into one of the traditional bachelor's degree options (see below)

Program When can I begin? How soon can I be hired as a teacher upon enrolling? Admissions Requirements
Early Childhood (Birth Through Second Grade) 2+2 Program Spring, Summer, Fall ECE PRE K-2: After completion of a four-year program that includes three semesters of coursework including two field experiences and student teaching, candidates can apply for a teaching license. Passing scores required for Praxis Core and Praxis II (Content Area of Text) are required for licensure.


ECE NON-LICENSE (Administration Option): completion of a four-year degree and two field experiences.
ECE PRE K-2: Pass Praxis Core and a 2.75 GPA

ECE NON-LICENSE (Administration Option): Attempted Praxis Core upon admission and a 2.75 GPA
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For those who want to earn a bachelor's degree:

Program When can I begin? How soon can I be hired as a teacher upon enrolling? Admissions Requirements
Early Childhood Education (Birth Through Second Grade) Traditional Program Spring, Summer, Fall ECE PRE K-2: After completion of a four-year program that includes three semesters of coursework including two field experiences and student teaching candidates can apply for a teaching license (Passing scores required for Praxis Core and Praxis II (Content Area of Text) for NDE licensure).

ECE NON-LICENSE / Administration Option: includes completion of a four-year degree and two field experiences.
ECE PRE K-2: Pass Praxis Core and a 2.75 GPA.

ECE NON-LICENSE / Administration Option: Attempted Praxis Core on admission and a 2.75 GPA
Elementary Teacher Education (K-8 Licensure) Traditional Program Spring, Summer, Fall Undergraduate four-year program, After course requirements and 800 hours of field work candidates are eligible for a teaching license Three semesters of college core, 2.75 GPA, pass PRAXIS Core, submit essay, complete education coursework, pass PLT, PRAXIS II exam at end of program.
Secondary Teacher Education (7-12 Licensure) Traditional Program Spring, Summer, Fall Undergraduate four-year program, After course requirements and 800 hours of field work candidates are eligible for a teaching license Three to four semesters of college core, 2.75 GPA, pass PRAXIS Core, complete education course work, pass PLT, PRAXIS Content exam at end of program.
Special Education (K-12 Generalist Licensure) Traditional Program Spring, Summer, Fall Undergraduate four-year Bachelor's degree; after course work and three field experiences candidates are eligible for a teaching license Three to four semesters of college core, 2.75 GPA, pass PRAXIS Core, complete education course work, pass PRAXIS II on completion of program.
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For those who have a bachelor's degree in any discipline, and want to obtain an endorsement or a certificate in a specific teaching area:

Note: Endorsement only without a certificate can be obtained see ECE/ECSE faculty for details.

Program When can I begin? How soon can I be hired as a teacher upon enrolling? Admissions Requirements
Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education - Infancy (Birth to 3 years) Certificate Program Spring, Summer, Fall After completion of 27 credit hours (18 hours of coursework, 9 hours of fieldwork) Bachelor's Degree, 2.75 GPA and pass the Praxis Core.
Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education - Preschool (3 to 8 years) Certificate Program Spring, Summer, Fall After completion of 27 credit hours (18 hours of coursework, 9 hours of fieldwork) Bachelor's Degree, 2.75 GPA and pass the Praxis Core.
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For those who have a bachelor's degree in any discipline other than Education, and want to earn a master's degree through an ARL program:

Program When can I begin? How soon can I be hired as a teacher upon enrolling? Admissions Requirements
Early Childhood Education (Birth Through Second Grade) ARL Program Spring, Summer, Fall After one semester: 9 credit hours of coursework and 45 hours of observation/participation at the UNLV/CSUN Preschool; candidates can apply for a conditional license Bachelor's Degree, 2.75 GPA, Passing scores on the PRAXIS Core.
Early Childhood Special Education (Birth to 8 years) ARL Program Spring, Summer, Fall After one semester: 9 credit hours of coursework and 45 hours of observation/participation at the UNLV/CSUN Preschool; candidates can apply for a conditional license Bachelor's Degree, 2.75 GPA, Passing scores on the PRAXIS Core.
Special Education (K-12 Generalist) ARL Program Spring, Summer, Fall After one semester: 9 credit hours of coursework and 45 hours of fieldwork candidates can apply for a conditional license Bachelor's Degree, 2.75 GPA, PRAXIS Core and PRAXIS II passing scores. Face-to-face and online delivery of coursework. Field experience mentor support during first year of teaching
Elementary Education (K-8 Licensure) ARL Program Spring, Summer, Fall After one semester: 9 credits of coursework and 150 hours of field work; candidates can apply for a conditional license (1) Hold at least a Bachelor's degree in a field other than education, whose overall undergraduate or graduate GPA is 3.0 or higher; (2) Pass the Praxis Core (Reading, Writing, and Math); (3) Be accepted to the UNLV Graduate College
Secondary Teacher Education in English, Math, Science, or Social Studies (6-12) ARL Program Spring, Summer, Fall After one semester: 9 credit hours of coursework and field experience; candidates can apply for a conditional license (1) Hold at least a Bachelor's degree in a field other than education, whose overall undergraduate or graduate GPA is 3.0 or higher; (2) Pass the Praxis Core (Reading, Writing, and Math); (3) Be accepted to the UNLV Graduate College; (4) Applicable only to candidates seeking Secondary licensure: Must pass Praxis 2 in appropriate subject areas (eg., English, Math, Science, etc.). Students may be enrolled in the 9 credit coursework for conditional licensure while fulfilling Praxis 2 requirements. NOTE: Students applying for conditional licensure with the Nevada Department of Education must have met Praxis 2 requirements and the 9 credit coursework for conditional licensure.
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For those who have a bachelor's degree and want to earn a traditional master's degree:

Program When can I begin? How soon can I be hired as a teacher upon enrolling? Admissions Requirements
Career and Technical and Postsecondary Education (7-12+) M.Ed./M.S. Program Spring, Summer, Fall After 12 credits hours of coursework and field experiences, candidates are eligible for an endorsement in Business and Industry/CTE Workforce Education license Bachelor's degree in any discipline, GPA 3.00 in undergraduate coursework.
Early Childhood Education (Birth Through Second Grade) M.Ed. Program Spring, Summer, Fall After 36-42 credit hours of coursework and field experience. Courses offered in four-week units; Friday (4 to 8 pm) and Saturday (8am to 4pm) or face to face/online format evenings throughout the semester. Eligible for teaching license (Passing scores required for Praxis Core and Praxis II (Content Area of Text) for NDE licensure) Bachelor's Degree, 3.00 GPA, Pass PRAXIS Core on admission.
Early Childhood Special Education (Birth to 8 years) M.Ed. Program Spring, Summer, Fall After 36 credit hours of coursework and field experience. Courses offered in four-week units; Friday (4 to 8 pm) and Saturday (8am to 4pm) or face to face/online format evenings throughout the semester. Eligible for teaching license (Passing scores required for Praxis Core and Praxis II (Content Area of Text) for NDE licensure) Bachelor's Degree, 3.00 GPA, Passing scores on the PRAXIS.
Educational Technology (K-12) M.Ed. Program Spring, Summer, Fall After 37 credit hours of coursework and field experience. Bachelor's degree in any discipline, GPA 3.00 in undergraduate coursework.
Elementary Education, Elementary Mathematics Education, Elementary Science Education, or Elementary Social Studies Education (K-8) M.Ed./M.S. Program Spring, Summer, Fall After 37 credit hours of coursework and field experience. Bachelor's degree in Education, GPA 3.00 in undergraduate coursework.
Literacy Education (K-12) M.Ed. Program Spring, Summer, Fall After 37 credit hours of coursework and field experience. Bachelor's degree in any discipline, GPA 3.00 in undergraduate coursework.
Multicultural Education (K-12) M.Ed./M.S. Program Spring, Summer, Fall After 37 credit hours of coursework and field experience. Bachelor's degree in any discipline, GPA 3.00 in undergraduate coursework.
Secondary Education, Secondary Mathematics Education, Secondary Science Education, Secondary Social Studies Education (7-12) M.Ed./M.S. Program Spring, Summer, Fall After 37 credit hours of coursework and field experience. Bachelor's degree in any discipline, GPA 3.00 in undergraduate coursework.
Special Education (Graduate K-12 Generalist, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities) M.Ed. Program Spring, Summer, Fall Graduate two-year Master's program, 30 hours of licensure coursework and six hours of graduate coursework. Candidates select program area. GPA 3.00 in undergraduate coursework, pass PRAXIS tests required for licensure. Eligible for special education teaching license on completion of program.
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For all traditional and ARL teacher education programs listed below, contact the Education Student Services Center (ESSC) at education.advising@unlv.edu.