All individuals interested in applying for a Nevada teacher license must satisfy the Nevada Department of Education’s prerequisites for new teachers. Applicants should hold an accredited bachelor’s degree, complete a state-approved teacher preparation program, demonstrate subject matter competency, and provide proof of teaching experience. Several universities and colleges offer Nevada teacher education programs that culminate in a bachelor’s degree as well as alternative certification programs for individuals who already possess baccalaureate degrees.
Four of the colleges and universities that offer teacher education programs are the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; the University of Nevada, Reno; Nevada State College; and Great Basin College. All of these teaching schools in Nevada offer programs that prepare students to receive a Nevada teaching license and are approved by the Department of Education. Read on to find out more about the programs at each school.
According to the UNLV College of Education website, the department of teaching and learning delivers K-12 teacher education programs that prepare teachers for educational opportunities at the local, state, national, and international levels. The College offers undergraduate degree programs designed to qualify those preparing to apply for Nevada teacher certification. UNLV also offers an alternative certification program called Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL) that prepares career-changers with non-education bachelor’s degrees to enter the teaching profession.
The College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno offers teacher preparation programs and specialized licenses or endorsements for undergraduate and graduate students. Students can also receive endorsements such as special education and elementary education. Post-baccalaureate students can earn teacher licensure and specialized endorsements through master’s degrees, professional certificates, or endorsement sequences such as English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).
Founded in 2002, Nevada State College is the newest institution of higher learning in the state of Nevada. Education students at NSC are offered small class sizes, mentoring, and a personal approach to learning as described on NSC’s School of Education website. The School offers educators-to-be three elementary education degrees, five degrees in secondary education, and majors in speech pathology. NSC School of Education students also participate in classroom observations and extensive student teaching opportunities.
Great Basin College offers a variety of programs in education for students seeking to qualify for teacher certification. The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education prepares students for state certification as an elementary school teacher. Students wishing to teach high school can earn a degree in secondary education with any one of 10 endorsements, such as mathematics or business education. The school also offers a post-baccalaureate teaching certificate in elementary or secondary education which enables students who possess a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education to become eligible for licensure to teach in Nevada.