Nevada Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

All Nevada teachers are required to complete a state teacher preparation program from an accredited school in order to work as a teacher in the state. This guide to teacher preparation programs provides key information to help you research options for pursuing a teaching degree in Nevada. There are several colleges and universities that offer degree programs that prepare students to become teachers or advance in an already-established teaching career. In order to find the right teaching school in Nevada for your career goals, this page contains lists of top-rated teaching programs, a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. Whether you are a first-time college student or are looking to start a new career as a teacher, use this guide to help you find the best program for your individual needs.

Quick Facts

  • There are 9 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Nevada.1
  • 4 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.*1
  • 4 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
  • 4 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • No schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.2
  • No schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020.3
  • 2 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019.4
  • 1 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019.5
  • 1 not-for-profit teacher program is accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.

*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Nevada

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • University of Nevada-Reno (#110 tie)
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas (#143 tie)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas (#205 tie)

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Nevada

Comparison of Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Nevada according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Nevada Department of Education for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2017-2018 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
Great Basin CollegeNo64%562186%$12,230
National University-NevadaNo672560%
Nevada State CollegeNo16%18%2457396%$15,136
Sierra Nevada CollegeNo1933281%$28,679
Touro UniversityNo
University of Nevada-Las VegasNo28%21%1,23925793%$11,582
University of Nevada-RenoYes90118592%$16,230
Western Governors University-NevadaNo3961996%

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of Nevada Las Vegas: The UNLV College of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs in educationally related disciplines and career pathways. The College of Education houses the departments of Educational and Clinical Studies, Educational Psychology and Higher Education, and Teaching and Learning. The undergraduate programs are among the most popular on the entire UNLV campus. Students receive very close advising within the department once they certify as Education majors. Students begin field observation experiences as early as their sophomore year in order to help them decide if education is the right career field for them. All of the programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Northwestern Commission on Colleges and Universities. UNLV students are highly encouraged to visit the College of Education Advising and Placement Center on a regular basis to stay on top of changing requirements.

University of Nevada-Reno: Located in Reno, The University of Nevada College of Education offers dozens of majors for educational disciplines and career pathways. Students who desire careers in teaching, administration, counseling, curriculum, educational technology and more will find something for them at the College of Education. The programs range from undergraduate offerings that educate aspiring educators to graduate degrees for existing professionals. Programs include Counseling and Educational Psychology, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Equity and Diversity in Educational Settings, and Special Education. The Nevada College of Education is accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, and The National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Nevada

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

College of Southern Nevada*
700 College Dr
Henderson, NV 89002
(702) 651-3000

Student Review: “My general experience with the education program at the college of southern Nevada was fairly exceptional. There were a few areas that had its faults, mind you. First I will describe the cons of CSN’s education program, which is completely subjective. Some of the classes I had to take were utterly worthless. For example, EDU 280, or cultural diversity, was a class that had a fantastic teacher, who had a terrible book. There was a limited resource (the book for the class), as there was only one book since the class had started…5 years ago… The subject matter was “exposing” us to different cultures in a derogatory way. If anything, this class perpetuated racism and made stereotypes something of not fiction. Other classes like EDU214 or EDU with technology had us do things that were not technological “advanced” and I felt that it was also a waste of time. Other than that, EDU202, 210, and others were fine and taught a lot. Teachers were responsive and professional. Each professor was extremely competent for their respective position. One thing I would like to say is that the school still does not do enough to prepare future educators to become subs. There are little qualifications to become a sub and no classes to prepare for it.” -Student at College of Southern Nevada

Great Basin College
1500 College Pky
Elko, NV 89801
(775) 738-8493

National University-Nevada
2850 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy Ste 300
Henderson, NV 89052
(702) 531-7800

Nevada State College
1300 Nevada State Dr
Henderson, NV 89002
(702) 992-2000

Sierra Nevada College
999 Tahoe Blvd
Incline Village, NV 89451

Touro University Nevada
874 American Pacific Dr
Henderson, NV 89014

University of Nevada-Las Vegas
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(702) 895-3011

Student Review: “I was able to get in to UNLV’s Special Education program through a partnership with the Clark County School District. Our version of the program was accelerated and allowed us to do our last two years of the degree and student teaching in one calendar year. It was a very intense program but included all of the rigor, papers, projects, and assignments that a traditional track would. I enjoyed getting through all of the curricula quickly. One drawback of the program was that we had several professors several times within the course of months. This probably would have happened in a traditional course but over the course of four years. Overall, I was very happy with the experience and enjoyed getting the head start on teaching.” -Sariah T., student at University of Nevada-Las Vegas

University of Nevada-Reno
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 784-1110

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-best-college-values-college-finder/index.php#Tile
3. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2020 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2019.
4. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
5. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
6. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
7. National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Preparation Program Review: https://www.nctq.org/review/home
8. US Department of Education 2018 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx