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

There is no active application process for the Paraprofessional Pathways Project at this time. Please fill out this form to be notified when active recruitment for the next cohort of PPP begins.

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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.