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Top School in Reno for a Teaching Degree

Few schools in the Reno area have top ranking teaching programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for teaching, as well as tuition and degree information.

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School and Ranking Information

Only two schools within ten miles of Reno have programs related to teaching. One of the schools is a community college that primarily offers associate degrees and certificates. The top school, however, is a well-known 4-year school with both undergraduate and graduate offerings. Based on rankings and available programs, the following school is the top school in the area for studying teaching:

  • Winner: A 4-year public research institution, the University of Nevada - Reno is situated in the heart of Reno, NV. The school was recognized as a top public school in 2015. Its College of Education offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees programs that prepare students for careers as teachers and school administrators.

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School Info Chart

Category University of Nevada - Reno
Rankings Tied for #110 in Top Public Schools (2015); #135 among Graduate Education Schools (2014); Tied for #42 Best Online Graduate Education Program (2014)*
Location Reno, NV
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015) $6,415 (in-state), $20,325 (out-of-state)*
Teaching Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate**
Teaching Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 138**
Most Popular Teaching Degree Level in 2013 Master's**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 51%**
Noteworthy Only college in Nevada with National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs accreditation***

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Nevada - Reno

University of Nevada - Reno

  • Programs focus on practical implementation of educational theories
  • Intimate involvement in the Reno education and outreach community gives students teaching experience
  • A variety of specialized research centers, including the Center for Learning and Literacy, Learning and Resources Center and Office of Field Experiences

University of Nevada - Reno's College of Education aims to equip students with an understanding of teaching techniques and the specific subject knowledge they'll need to become successful educators. The college offers degree programs in areas such as elementary education, secondary education, special education and educational leadership. Students have access to a variety of specialized research centers, including the Center for Learning and Literacy, the Learning and Resources Center and the Office of Field Experiences.

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program provides students with a broad base of knowledge in academic disciplines and teaching techniques. Throughout the course of the program, students can pursue their K-8 teaching credentials and choose whether or not to advance their studies through graduate-level programs in elementary education.

The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education program emphasizes the academic discipline that students plan to teach, as well as educational psychology theories and leadership skills they'll need to conduct effective lessons. The curriculum covers human development, instructional technology and special needs students.

The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Elementary/Special Education program includes a 20-week teaching internship. It helps students qualify for a dual Nevada teacher license. The program prepares students to teach elementary subjects to students in grades K-12, as well as both elementary and secondary subjects to special needs students in grades K-12.

The Master of Education in Higher Educational Administration program primes students for careers as school principals, superintendents and other educational leaders. Students will gain insights into college teaching and expertise in college administration. Graduate students are required to complete an internship, a thesis and a comprehensive examination.

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed to promote research skills and an understanding of educational administration. This program consists of a significant core of seminars and coursework. Doctoral students will select 12 credits of coursework in an emphasis area and take a comprehensive examination. Topics covered in the program may include decision-making techniques, organizational theory and personnel management.

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