Alternative Route to Licensure

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About the Program

UNLV’s Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) programs provide a fast track into teaching for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree outside of education. These comprehensive programs offer the ability to receive a conditional teaching license in the state of Nevada after one semester (based on successful completion of licensing requirements) and continue through the Nevada standard licensing requirements and Master of Education (M.Ed.) requirements for early childhood education, special education, and curriculum & instruction.


Available concentration areas include:

  • Early childhood education (birth-2nd grade)
  • Elementary education (K-8th grade)
  • Secondary education (7th-12th grade, teaching fields English, math, science, social studies)
  • Special education (K-12th grade).


Benefits of the ARL program include:

  • Expedited track to a full-time teaching position
  • Credits that count toward teaching licensure requirements and a master's degree
  • Excellent job prospects in Nevada and Clark County School District
  • Ability to teach in CCSD, private schools, and charter schools
  • License reciprocity options for states outside of Nevada

Teaching & Learning Programs

Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

The UNLV ARL programs for elementary and secondary teaching are designed for you to take 9 credits of coursework in your first semester which provides you with preparation in pedagogical practices, literacy instruction and classroom management. You will also have the opportunity to engage in a series of observation and clinical practices in a public school environment for at least 150 hours in your first semester.

The Conditional Licensure Certificate for Secondary Teaching program of 12 credits is designed to provide courses that address the knowledge and skills needed for secondary teachers. The certificate provides candidates an opportunity to meet conditional licensure requirements so that they are eligible for hire in Nevada.

Early Childhood, Multilingual & Special Education Programs

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education or Special Education

Interested in teaching individuals with disabilities or young children? Then the Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual & Special Education's Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) program is a great way to seek your degree and pursue your teaching dream. The ARL program is a fast-paced program where you have the possibility of receiving your conditional teaching license in the state of Nevada after one semester (based on successful completion of licensing requirements) and you will receive your Master's degree within a year. In order to apply you must be willing to seek a Master’s degree or license in one of the following areas in special education: Early Childhood or Early Childhood Special Education. Lastly, you must have a passion for working with individuals with disabilities or young children.