Top University in Las Vegas for Prospective Teachers

Jan 02, 2019

Students interested in studying teaching and school administration in Las Vegas, NV, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

To qualify for a Nevada teaching license, students must earn a minimum of a bachelor's degree and complete a teacher education program and student teaching experience. At least four schools near Las Vegas have programs related to education. The top three schools offer a variety of concentrations for aspiring teachers and school administrators. Based on rankings and program offerings, the following three schools are the top schools in the area for education:

  • Winner: University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) is a 4-year public school. It is the only one of the three schools to have a nationally ranked graduate education program. It's also the only school to offer education programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.
  • Runner Up #1: Nevada State College (NSC) is also a 4-year public school. It features education programs at the undergraduate level. The school is the most affordable of the three.
  • Runner Up #2: Touro University Nevada is a 4-year private school. The school only has graduate education programs. Touro has a low student to faculty ratio.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Nevada - Las Vegas Nevada State College Touro University Nevada
Ranking 155th for graduate education programs in 2012, nationwide* N/A N/A
Location Las Vegas, NV Henderson, NV (12 miles from Las Vegas) Henderson, NV (8.5 miles from Las Vegas)
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $6,705 (undergraduate, in-state)
$20,615 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$5,500 (graduate, in-state)
$19,410 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$4,498 (undergraduate, in-state)
$14,773 (undergraduate, out-of-state)**
$30,899 (graduate)**
Education Program Levels Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees Bachelor's degrees Master's degrees
Education Certificates and Degrees (all levels) Awarded in 2011-2012 755** 50** 68**
Most Popular Education Program in 2011-2012 Bachelor's in Elementary Education and Teaching (95 awarded)** Bachelor's in Elementary Education and Teaching (32 awarded)** Master's in Education - General (68 awarded)**
2011 Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 39%** 22%** N/A
Noteworthy College of Education hosts the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders and the UNLV Center for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education, among other centers
Has full approval from the Nevada State Department of Education Office of Teacher Licensure
Has a partnership with the Clark County Center for Teaching Excellence

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

Winner: University of Nevada - Las Vegas

  • Offers more than 50 education-related degrees
  • In 2011, education was the university's fourth most popular major, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • UNLV had an 81% acceptance rate for 2012-2013, according to NCES figures

UNLV's School of Education has 66 full-time faculty members and a full-time student enrollment of 358. The School of Education offers a variety of programs for aspiring teachers and administrators at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Some of the major options include elementary education, secondary education, music education, higher education, curriculum and instruction, educational psychology and gifted education. The School of Education at UNLV encourages students to collaborate with each other as well as with faculty, community members and professionals.

Runner-Up #1: Nevada State College

  • Education is NSC's second most popular major, with 25% of students pursuing education degrees, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • NSC had a 95% institution pass rate for the Praxis for the traditional teacher preparation program for 2011-2012, based on an ETS report
  • For the 2010-2011 school year, 85% of first-time undergraduates received financial aid, according to NCES

In the fall of 2012, 673 students were enrolled in NSC education programs. The college's School of Education offers a bachelor's program in elementary education with bilingual education and special education concentrations and a bachelor's program in secondary education with concentrations in English, history, biology, environmental and resources science, and mathematics. Additionally, NSC features teaching endorsement programs for TESL, bilingual and technology education. Along with offering classes that average about 20 students, the School of Education provides students with mentorship and field experiences through relationships with more than 150 schools in the Clark County School District.

Runner-Up #2: Touro University Nevada

  • School of Education faculty members have served as teachers and administrators in the local public school system
  • Student-faculty ratio is 11:1, according to NCES
  • Touro accepts students of all faiths, while observing the traditional Jewish calendar

Touro University Nevada offers several graduate-level options for those interested in teaching and school administration. Students can pursue a Master of Education (MEd) and concentrate their studies in areas like school administration, curriculum and instruction, literacy and language, secondary education and special education. Endorsement programs for autism and teaching English as a second language are available. Through a partnership with Knowledge Delivery Systems, some of the university's MEd concentrations can be pursued online. Additionally, the university has partnered with the Center for Teaching Excellence to offer advanced studies certificates in a variety of areas, like differentiated classroom, high stakes testing, teacher leadership and technology. Students in Touro University Nevada programs have the chance to complete research projects, practicums and/or internships.

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