Is PPP Right for You? The Answer Is “Yes” if You’ve:

  • Earned 60+ college credits or an associates degree from an accredited institution
  • Are currently employed as a paraprofessional or school support professional in a CCSD or Nevada charter school
  • Are interested in working in early childhood education (birth-2nd grade), elementary education (K-8), or special education (K-12)
  • Are comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic learning environment

About the program

PPP was initiated in 2020 by UNLV College of Education Dean Danica G. Hays and UNLV President Keith Whitfield. Since its inception, both Clark County School District and the Nevada Department of Education have committed funding to help expand the reach of this pathway to licensure. So far, the program has admitted and supported more than 100 students on their journeys to become licensed, full-time teachers in Southern Nevada schools.

What makes PPP different?

Cohort Model

In our cohort approach, a group of 75-100 students advance through the program together, building relationships and nurturing communities of learners. When we prepare diverse educators in supportive groups, we can leverage each student’s rich and unique experiences and support each other along the way.

Accelerated Curriculum

This program moves fast – students may complete their degree and begin a full-time teaching career in about a year.

Built for Working Professionals

Rather than semester-long classes found in traditional undergraduate programs, program courses are offered in a variety of online and in-person formats tailored to meet student needs by program area. The balance of online and in-person class formats are tailored to the needs of working professionals while maintaining a quality learning experience. 

Professional Development

The program offers world-class professional development, offering new perspectives and ideas with guest speakers, workshops, and other learning opportunities outside of the classroom.


Microcredential courses, which allow teachers to learn and demonstrate specific skills like English language learning, STEM education and data analytics, are available to help you stay on top of our constantly evolving educational landscape.

Mentoring and Induction

Thanks to a partnership between the Clark County Education Association, the Public Education Foundation, CCSD, UNLV, and other partners, we’ll provide support services and mentoring for your first three years as a classroom teacher. 

Financial Assistance Available

Depending on your situation, you may be eligible to have your program costs covered once you are admitted to UNLV and accepted into the PPP program.

How to Apply

You must complete each step outlined below in order for your application to be considered. Applications will close March 11, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (PST) and no late applications will be accepted.

Prepare your Materials

Please ensure you have the following documentation to be uploaded with your application. Admission consideration may be delayed or denied without submitting these documents:

  • Official transcripts
    • Official transcripts must be received by UNLV no later than March 18, 2022 or your application will not be considered. Unofficial transcripts will not be considered.
    • Please note that transcripts may take several weeks to arrive and be processed. You can request transcripts be sent to UNLV before the rest of your application is complete.
  • Up-to-date immunization records
  • A short introduction video
    • After you have submitted your application to UNLV, you will receive an email with a supplemental application to complete which will include an introduction video. Instructions will be included in the supplemental application.

Submit your Application

  • Fill out this interest form online, choosing Fall 2022 for your expected enrollment term dropdown menu.
  • Check your email and create a password to create your account.
  • Log in to your account and begin the New Degree Seeking Application, making the following selections:
    • Term: Fall 2022
    • Major Choice: one of the following:
      • Early Childhood Education PRE
      • Elementary Education PRE
      • Special Education PRE
    • Complete the rest of the application with your information and submit.
  • Watch your email for a message with a link to complete a PPP supplemental application.
  • Complete and submit the supplemental application by March 11, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (PST).
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Already have a bachelor’s degree? No worries! The Alternative Routes to Licensure program may be an option for you.


Have questions about the program? Fill out this contact form.

Have questions about applying? Please contact UNLV Admissions Counselor Laura Jule.