Nevada Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to teacher preparation programs provides key information to help you research options for pursuing a teaching degree in Nevada. 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, and there are several colleges and universities in the state that offer these teaching programs. Continue reading to find lists of top-rated teaching programs, a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews of Nevada schools. Whether you are a first-time college student or are looking to start a new career as a teacher, use this guide to start on your way to your teaching degree in Nevada.

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For not-for-profit schools with teacher degree programs.

Comparison of Nevada Schools with 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 (NDOE) 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.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2018-2019 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education reports under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our Nevada traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.

Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, 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).

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?5Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment6Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment6Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6Net Price1
Great Basin CollegeNo512295%4621100%$9,079
National University NevadaNo7810N.Av.
Nevada State CollegeNo3059084%$14,360
Sierra Nevada CollegeNo1422989%10424100%$30,338
Touro University NevadaNo$9,900
University of Nevada, Las VegasNo1,40627094%594191N.Av.$11,834
University of Nevada, RenoYes15115092%$16,359
Western Governors University NevadaNo9309396%33N.Av.$7,290

  • — indicates none or not applicable.
  • N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Nevada

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2023

  • University of Nevada, Reno (#100 tie)
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (#121 tie)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2022

  • University of Nevada, Reno (#90 tie)
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (#108 tie)

Select Nevada Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) College of Education is located in the city of Las Vegas and offers undergraduate and graduate programs related to education. Undergraduate students can receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Human Services, Secondary Education, and Special Education or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Secondary Education. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree and are seeking an alternative route to licensure (ARL) can pursue a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in a subject area of their choice. For those seeking non-teaching degrees, a variety of graduate degrees and certificates are offered in School Counseling, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Policy and Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Higher Education. The Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation and Assessment and the Master of Science (MS) in Educational Psychology are offered in an online format for students who require more flexibility. Two dual degrees are also offered for students interested in the intersection between education and law: a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Psychology and a Juris Doctor (JD) as well as a PhD in Higher Education and Juris Doctor (JD).

University of Nevada, Reno

Located in Reno, the University of Nevada College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in education and related fields. Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees are offered in Human Development and Family Science; Integrated Elementary Teaching; and Secondary Education (with topic specialties in multiple categories as part of the “NevadaTeach” program). Bachelor of Art (BA) degrees are offered in Secondary Education (also with multiple specialties as part of the “PackTeach” program). Students who are already teachers may be interested in graduate degrees offered, like Human Development and Family Science; Counseling and Educational Psychology; Educational Leadership; Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education; Equity and Diversity in Education; Reading, Curriculum, and Instruction; or Human Development and Family Science. For students who are seeking more flexibility, the Reading, Curriculum, and Instruction and Equity and Diversity in Education master’s degrees are offered completely online. In addition, several Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees are offered, including Educational Leadership; Counselor Education and Supervision; Equity, Diversity, and Language Education; Information Technology in Education; Human Development and Family Science; Literacy Studies; Special Education and Disability Studies; and STEM Education. The COEHD also offers several certificates for current teachers seeking Reading Specialist, TESOL, or other endorsements.

Schools with Associate Degrees in Education

While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.

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

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

Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Blvd
Reno, NV 89512
(775) 673-7111

Student Reviews

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

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

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2023: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. US Department of Education 2020 Title II Report: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx