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.
- There are 9 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Nevada.1
- 3 schools offer an associate’s degree in education.1
- 4 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
- 4 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
- No schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2022.2
- 2 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2023.3
- 2 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2022.4
- 1 educator preparation provider (EPP) is accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.
For not-for-profit schools with teacher degree programs.
Table of Contents
- Teacher Preparation Program Comparison
- Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs
- Select Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
- Schools with Associate Degrees in Education
- Student Reviews
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 School||CAEP Accred.?5||Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment6||Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6||Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6||Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment6||Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6||Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6||Net Price1|
|Great Basin College||No||51||22||95%||46||21||100%||$9,079|
|National University Nevada||No||78||10||—||—||—||—||N.Av.|
|Nevada State College||No||305||90||84%||—||—||—||$14,360|
|Sierra Nevada College||No||142||29||89%||104||24||100%||$30,338|
|Touro University Nevada||No||—||—||—||—||—||—||$9,900|
|University of Nevada, Las Vegas||No||1,406||270||94%||594||191||N.Av.||$11,834|
|University of Nevada, Reno||Yes||151||150||92%||—||—||—||$16,359|
|Western Governors University Nevada||No||930||93||96%||3||3||N.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
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).
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
Great Basin College*
1500 College Pkwy
Elko, NV 89801
Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Blvd
Reno, NV 89512
College of Southern Nevada
700 College Dr
Henderson, NV 89002
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154
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