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Our Mission

As an HSI & AANAPISI College of Education, we prepare learners to address contemporary challenges by:

  • Advancing equity and access through innovative scholarship, practice and advocacy
  • Enhancing our communities through collaborative outreach and engagement
  • Delivering high-quality services, educational programs, and initiatives that promote social justice and well-being. 

Our Community-Embedded Vision

Our Tier I college is aligned with UNLV’s Top Tier 2.0 UNLV’s strategic plan by:

  • Actively identifying and addressing issues within our community
  • Working side-by-side with community stakeholders to develop innovative solutions
  • Engaging strategically with Nevada schools, school districts, and other community entities using a DEIJ lens— therefore developing next-generation practices that advance education and mental health outcomes nationally and internationally.

Core Priority Areas

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Building and sustaining a diverse workforce in critical shortage areas and future career opportunities

We are developing, supporting, and innovating a Nevada workforce in key shortage areas such as education and mental health, while cultivating leaders for future careers in Nevada. As a college within a minority-serving institution, we value ensuring access to higher education opportunities for diverse students of all ages and life stages.

By using a framework that focuses on local-level innovative workforce development solutions that can be applied globally, we engage in activities and scholarship that:

  • Enhance recruitment, preparation, retention, completion, and career mentorship of PK-20 educators and education professionals (e.g., teachers, school psychologists, counselors, leaders, higher education practitioners)
  • Lead innovative and student-centered academic programs, microcredentials, and other professional development experiences that produce graduates for Nevada’s future careers
  • Offer early college opportunities for Nevada high school students to earn dual credit and be college ready
  • Inform policy statewide to advance college and career readiness initiatives for all Nevada workforce sectors

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Optimizing equitable access to high-quality educational and mental health supports and outcomes

We value community collaborations that support high-quality education and mental health services at all stages of life. We leverage the scholarly and practitioner expertise of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community stakeholders via initiatives that:

  • Provide culturally responsive services in areas such as mental health, special education, literacy, and bilingual education
  • Consult with schools and community partners statewide to support to their education and mental health priorities
  • Offer resources to PK-20 educators and other school professionals to guide individualized learning
  • Participate in legislative, professional, and social advocacy efforts to advance policy and practices that equitably serve all Nevadans

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Expanding and advocating for high-quality early childhood education across Nevada

We are proud to be home to a nationally accredited early childhood education center, the CSUN/UNLV Preschool at the Lynn Bennett Early Childhood Development Center. We advocate for increasing high-quality early childhood education services that are inclusive and culturally responsive by participating in initiatives that:

  • Grow the physical and programming blueprint of the CSUN/UNLV Preschool through a fundraising campaign
  • Serve as a premier academic training and research center for UNLV students and faculty
  • Partner with community leaders and lawmakers to expand access to effective and inclusive early childhood education services
  • Engage in policy efforts statewide that promote services and scholarship that prepares future generations of children for PK-20 classrooms

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Leading in community responsive dialogue that optimizes equity through education and mental health policy

We are driving the conversation regarding education and mental health practice, training, and scholarship by actively engaging in and forging innovative policy pathways.

Our multiple research centers, labs, offices, and institutes are dedicated to scholarship and best practices in areas such as literacy, autism spectrum disorders, mental health, learning analytics, assessment and evaluation, educational policy, and multicultural, STEM, and early childhood education. Faculty-led research fosters a vibrant culture of scholarship within the college by strengthening collaborations with local, state, and national partners, providing research opportunities for graduate students, and laying the foundation for equity-based practice in a variety of educational disciplines.

We are dedicated to informing and partaking in policy-related efforts that:

  • Develop resources and documents to inform lawmakers and their staff about the latest policy implications and needs in education, mental health, and the Nevada workforce more generally
  • Host community forums, such as the annual Summit on Nevada Education, Scholarship in Practice Lecture Series, and the annual Ed Expo, to move conversations in education and mental health toward next-generation practices
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Offering A Unique Student Experience

Our College resides within the culturally diverse Las Vegas community, which is also home to one of the largest school districts in the United States. This provides a unique learning environment to prepare students in PK-20 education and other community settings (e.g., mental health, collegiate and professional sport). We also offer national and international immersive opportunities to help students grow beyond the boundaries of southern Nevada.

The college is composed of four academic departments that offer undergraduate, master's, doctoral, certificate, and stackable credentialing programs:

We are proud to be home to multiple accredited degree programs, including:

Our Education Student Services Center provides advising and career development services to ensure retention, progression, and completion of undergraduate students in the college, along with those working towards initial teacher licensure in alternative routes to teacher licensure programs

Research Centers, Labs, Offices, and Institutes

The college boasts multiple research centers, labs, offices, and institutes dedicated to scholarship and best practices in areas such as literacy, autism spectrum disorders, mental health, learning analytics, assessment and evaluation, educational policy, and multicultural, STEM, and early childhood education.

Connect With Us

The college produces the following e-newsletters to share news, events, and opportunities with our stakeholders.

The CORE / Ed Spotlight

The CORE contains updates and announcements for education leaders and community stakeholders. It is sent out every other month. Each quarter, Ed Spotlight focuses on faculty, student, and alumni achievements as well as media highlights.

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EduAction is a bimonthly e-newsletter for more than 23,000 alums of the College of Education. Sign up to receive this publication and other alumni updates.


EdExchange is our student-focused newsletter featuring news, events, and other important information such as scholarship and employment opportunities and enrollment reminders. Sign up to receive this publication every other month along with other important updates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students.