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

  • Earned 60+ college credits or an associates degree from an accredited institution
    • Transcripts will be reviewed by the College of Education's Education Student Services Center (ESSC) to evaluate any missing General Education requirements applicants will be required to complete for admission into PPP.
  • Are currently employed as a paraprofessional or school support professional in a CCSD or Nevada charter school
  • Gotten permission from school administration to complete the program and conduct student teaching hours in the classroom
  • 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 160 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 November 14, 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 November 28 at 11:59 p.m. PST 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

Records showing that you have received the required immunizations will be required after you’re admitted.

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 Interest Form & Application to UNLV

Step 1: Carefully review the eligibility criteria to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications for acceptance to the program.

Step 2: Submit your interest form to UNLV. Choose “Fall 2023” in the Expected Enrollment Term dropdown menu on the first page.

Step 3: Check your email and create a password. Once you’ve created your account, follow the link and begin your application to UNLV. On the Term and Major page, choose “Fall 2023” for Term and EITHER “Early Childhood Education PRE,” “Elementary Education PRE,” or “Special Education PRE” for Major Choice. Complete the rest of the application with your information.

NOTE: Application to UNLV does not guarantee acceptance to the University and/or to the PPP program. An admissions counselor will review your application and transcripts to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications, and College of Education advisors will review your supplemental application to determine if you are eligible to participate in PPP.

Complete Your PPP Supplemental Application

After you submit your initial application to UNLV, you will be emailed a link to complete a supplemental application specific to the PPP Program. Your application will not be considered without completing and submitting the supplemental application and required documentation (i.e., official transcripts, FASFA/Alternate Need Determination form, required vaccination records, and introduction video).

Applications close November 14, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. and no late applications will be accepted. Please remember that the PPP application is a multi-step process — You must complete each step in order for your application to be considered.

Once you have submitted your application please refrain from contacting the NV-EPIC team. Applicants will be notified of (conditional) acceptance or denial to PPP Cohort 3.0 by December 23, 2022.

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Already have a bachelor’s degree? No worries! The Accelerated Alternate Route to Licensure (A-ARL) program may be an option for you.


Questions about PPP Admissions? The NV-EPIC Team manages the PPP program. Learn more about NV-EPIC online.

Have questions about applying to UNLV? Please contact UNLV Admissions.