Secondary Education

Alternative Route to Licensure

After successful completion of the first 9 credits and 150-hour practicum (CIS 602, CIS 603, CIS 604) and passing the appropriate licensure exams (Praxis Subject Assessment content exam), 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 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

Summer - March 15

Contact Info

Education Student Services Center
Phone: 702-895-1537
Email: kristin.dellasala@unlv.edu

Admission/Application

Candidates are admitted for the Fall semester (June 1 application deadline), Spring semester (November 1 application deadline), and summer term (March 15 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 submission in Grad Rebel Gateway
  • Department Supplemental Application
  • Passing Praxis Core or CBEST, PDF of scores emailed to kristin.dellasala@unlv.edu. If submitting CBEST scores, be sure to attach Praxis Core Waiver to email.
  • Passing Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam in either English, Mathematics, Social Studies, or Science (Biological Science, General Science or Physical Science). Email PDF scores to kristin.dellasala@unlv.edu.
  • Letter of Intent (Uploaded in Grad Rebel Gateway)
  • Unofficial transcripts for every institution attended (official transcripts required once admitted into 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. Secondary 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). If you complete the CBEST, a Praxis Core Waiver Form must be submitted to kristin.dellasala@unlv.edu.
  4. Pass Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam in either English, Mathematics, Social Studies, or Science (Biological Science, General Science or Physical Science). Email PDF scores to kristin.dellasala@unlv.edu.
  5. Be accepted to the UNLV Graduate College

Secondary Education – Teaching Fields

Students will have the opportunity to select a specific teaching field in which they will specialize! Listed below are the current secondary licensure program areas offered through the Department of Teaching & Learning. You will be required to select one teaching field as your concentration area and will take subject-specific methods courses for this teaching field throughout your M.Ed. program. Students who wish to pursue multiple teaching fields can select one for their program of study, and will have the option to add teaching field endorsement areas through the Nevada Department of Education upon initial licensure.

Teaching Field Options

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Biological science
    • General science
    • Physical science
  • Social Studies

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.

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!

Please see our Field Experiences & Placement site for additional information.

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