Elementary Education

Alternative Route to Licensure

After successful completion of the first 9 credits and 150-hour practicum (CIE 601, CIL 542, CIE 508) and passing the appropriate licensure exams, you will be eligible for your ARL certificate and may apply for a conditional license (valid for three years) through the Nevada Department of Education. You will then be eligible for hire in Nevada schools once meeting these as well as state and school district requirements. You will continue courses in order to complete the criteria for a standard teaching license and M.Ed.

Admission Deadline

  • Fall - June 1
  • Spring - November 1

Contact Info

Education Student Services Center
Phone: 702-895-1537
Email: tl.arl@unlv.edu

Admission/Application

Candidates are admitted for the Fall semester (June 1 application deadline) and Spring semester (November 1 application deadline). Once the Graduate College and department’s supplemental applications are submitted, you are able to monitor the status of your application in the Grad Rebel Gateway. Upon admission to the Graduate College and Department of Teaching & Learning, be sure to call the Education Student Services Center to schedule your initial advising appointment and be on your way to becoming a successful Rebel Teacher!

Candidates must submit two applications to be considered for admission:

  • Graduate College Application (submitted through the Grad Rebel Gateway portal)
    • When applying please make sure you pick the following: Application Type - Degree or Certificate Application; Level of Study - Masters; Program of Study - Curriculum & Instruction M.Ed; Concentration - Elementary Education ARL
  • Department Supplemental Application
  • Passing Praxis Core or CBEST, PDF of scores emailed to tl.arl@unlv.edu. Test scores need to be no older than 5 years. If submitting GRE scores, be sure to attach the Praxis Core Waiver to the email.
  • Letter of Intent (Uploaded in Grad Rebel Gateway)
  • Unofficial transcripts for every institution attended (official transcripts required upon admission into the program)
  • Contact information for two professional references to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf

Eligibility

Candidates must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Curriculum & Instruction M.Ed. Elementary Education ARL program:

  1. Completed Bachelor’s degree. If degree is in Education, students are only eligible for this program if the education degree does not lead to a standard teacher license.
  2. Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, or at least a 3.0 within your last 60 credits completed.
  3. Pass the Praxis Core or the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). Test scores need to be no older than 5 years. If submitting GRE scores, be sure to attach the Praxis Core Waiver to an email to tl.arl@unlv.edu.
  4. Be accepted to the UNLV Graduate College.

Program Requirements

Every student completes the program requirements at a different pace; with a wide variety of face-to-face and online classes offered throughout the fall, spring, and summer semesters, you have the luxury to design your own personalized M.Ed. program pace and sequence based upon your lifestyle! Continuous enrollment must be maintained unless a student submits a Leave of Absence (LOA) form in the Grad Rebel Gateway portal. Students have up to six years to complete their degree requirements.

Please see Graduate College Catalog for additional academic policies.

Field Experiences

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers high-quality field experiences that are supervised by experienced clinical faculty and mentor teachers. Our field experiences allow teacher candidates to observe, assist, tutor, and instruct in varied classroom contexts. These experiences integrate applications of theory from coursework and are aligned with the school-based curriculum. It allows for teacher candidates to develop, practice, demonstrate, and reflect upon the academic components of their preparation. Our field experiences will provide the teacher candidate with real responsibilities, the opportunity to make decisions, and develop skills to analyze student needs and adjust practices using student performance data, all while receiving continuous monitoring and feedback from mentors and clinical faculty. If you are the Teacher of Record in an elementary education classroom in the same semester that you are registered for a field experience, you will be able to apply your work experience in lieu of a traditional practicum or student teaching placement. Practicum and student teaching credits will not only assist in obtaining your standard Nevada teaching license, but will also ensure license reciprocity in states outside of Nevada!

Field Experience Deadlines for Current Students

In addition to registering for your practicum or student teaching credits in MyUNLV, students must also submit an online application the semester prior to starting their field experience in the Field Experience Portal.  

  • Apply by October 8 for a Spring field experience

  • Apply by March 1 for a Fall and/or Summer field experience