Graduate Conditional Licensure Certificates

Alternative Route to Licensure

The Department of Teaching & Learning offers two Conditional Licensure Certificates to choose from; Elementary Teaching program and a Secondary Teaching program. Both certificates require 12 credits of coursework and are designed to provide courses that address the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for elementary or secondary teachers. The certificates provide candidates an opportunity to meet conditional licensure requirements so that they are eligible for the Nevada conditional teaching license and for hire in Nevada schools. This conditional license is valid for three years in Nevada. Students who pursue the Graduate Conditional Licensure Certificates will not be eligible for a standard Nevada license without completing the additional licensing requirements or ARL-track M.Ed. programs. The 12 credits completed in the certificate programs may be applied to fulfill requirements in the ARL-track M.Ed. programs.

Admission Deadline

Fall - June 1

Spring - November 1

Summer - March 15

Contact Info

Education Student Services Center
Phone: 702-895-1537



Candidates must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Graduate Conditional Licensure Certificate for Elementary or Secondary Education:

  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 licensure in Nevada.
  2. Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, or at least a 2.75 within your last 60 credits completed.
  3. Pass the Praxis Core or California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). If you complete the CBEST, a Praxis Core Waiver Form must be submitted to
  4. Be accepted to the UNLV Graduate College

Certificate Requirements