Structure of the Program
Professional Development Semester
The ECE-ARL program is designed for completion in four semesters (approximately 15 months). In the first semester (professional development), students complete three classes (9 credit hours or 135 contact hours), the Praxis Core or the California Basic Educational Skills Test, and a one credit hour class which is a 45-hour practicum experience under the direction of a licensed early childhood education teacher.
If students complete the coursework, testing, and practicum requirements in the first semester, then they are eligible for an ARL certificate that allows students to apply for a provisional license in the state of Nevada through the Nevada Department of Education. This license is valid for three years and allows for ECE-ARL completers to then apply for employment as an early childhood education teacher in any public school in the state of Nevada.
Completion of Licensure Courses
Following the initial professional development semester, students will continue taking three courses per semester for the subsequent three semesters in order to complete the coursework criteria for a standard teaching license in the state of Nevada.
In their final semester of courses, ECE-ARL students will complete a comprehensive exam that covers material learned throughout their Master’s program.
Additional Licensure Requirements
Once ECE-ARL students complete all coursework requirements, they will also need to pass any additional state licensing exams and teach for two years satisfactorily in an early childhood education placement before applying for their standard teaching license. ECE-ARL students are encouraged to see the Nevada Department of Education licensure requirements in early childhood education for additional information.