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 a list of accredited teacher preparation programs as well as 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.

School Facts:

  • There are 12 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Nevada.1
  • Seven colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: University of Nevada-Reno, 54%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Western Nevada College, 33%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Sierra Nevada College, $27,501.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: College of Southern Nevada, $6,404.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Nevada*: $14,773-$24,720.2
  • One school ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 200): University of Nevada-Reno (189).
  • One school ranked in Forbes Top Colleges List (top 600): University of Nevada-Las Vegas (521).
  • One teacher program is accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

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: 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, Special Education and many more. 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.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

Over 1,100 US college programs were evaluated and rated by The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) (Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report). According to the evaluation results, no programs in Nevada made the “honor roll” rating of 3 stars or higher. Read more about the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report.

The following teacher preparation programs in Nevada received the highest ratings by the National Council on Teacher Quality:

    University of Nevada – Reno (Graduate Elementary)
    University of Nevada – Las Vegas (Undergraduate Secondary)
    University of Nevada – Las Vegas (Undergraduate Elementary)
    University of Nevada – Las Vegas (Graduate Elementary)
    Great Basin College (Undergraduate Elementary)
    Nevada State College (Undergraduate Secondary)

The following reviewed schools were cited as problematic (no stars):

    Great Basin College (Undergraduate Secondary) 0stars
    Nevada State College (Undergraduate Elementary) 0stars
    University of Nevada – Las Vegas (Graduate Secondary) 0stars
    University of Nevada – Las Vegas (Graduate Special Education) 0stars
    University of Nevada – Reno (Graduate Secondary) 0stars

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • University of Nevada, Reno

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Nevada

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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.

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

University of Nevada-Las Vegas
4505 S Maryland Pky
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 curriculum quickly. One drawback of the program was that we had several professors several times within the course of months. The 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. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-education/