Early childhood education courses are often part of a degree program. Students in Nevada may choose to earn an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree in the field; certificates are also offered by some schools. These programs can last from one to four years, and students may choose to specialize within a subfield of childhood education in some programs. It is not uncommon for students in education programs to have the opportunity of student-teaching or completing work experiences in the field as part of their curriculum. Some programs may prepare students for teaching licensure. Read an overview of the public and private schools offering courses in early childhood education and learn what degree programs and certificates are available.
College of Southern Nevada
The College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas is a large institution that serves over 35,000 undergraduate students each year. The education department offers programs in early childhood, elementary, secondary, special and paraprofessional education. Students in the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education program can learn about curriculum planning, psychology and other aspects that deal with the growth of young children. Additional courses include art, music, literature, and language development. The school also offers Associates of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education in two concentration areas. The Director emphasis is for students who want to direct an early childhood education or preschool program. The Early Care and Education emphasis is for students seeking the necessary skills to work in an infant/toddler or preschool setting.
Great Basin College
More than 3,000 students attend Great Basin College's Elko campus each year. The institution several associate's degrees in early childhood education and more than 20 courses in early childhood education. The Associate of Applied Science programs are designed to help students learn the necessary skills to work with small children and contribute to their developmental education. There's a general track and one emphasizing infant and toddler education. Classes in these programs cover language and literacy, professionalism, child guidance and diversity. Graduates of the Associate of Arts program have the option of continuing their education in a 4-year college or university program. This school also offers certificate programs in early childhood education and infant/toddler education.
Truckee Meadows Community College
Reno's Truckee Meadows Community College offers an Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Students enrolled in this program have the option of continuing their studies at the University of Nevada to pursue a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. The associate's degree program includes courses in communication, language, child development, music, art and literature. The school also offers an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education program with areas of emphasis in administration of early care and education programs, infant/toddler, and preschool. The school also offers four, stackable skills certificates in early childhood education. Students may earn these professional development certificates as they work toward an AA or AAS degree, or outside of the degree programs.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
In 2011, the U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Nevada in Las Vegas 12th in its listing of most popular universities. The university offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in early childhood education through the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies. The bachelor's degree programs have a licensure and non-licensure route and feature courses on teaching communication, behavior management, play theory and developmental assessment. The master's degree program has tracks in birth to 3 years of age and birth to 8 years of age. There is also a master's degree program in special education available with an emphasis in early childhood education.
University of Nevada, Reno
The Reno campus of this university serves more than 18,000 students each year. Its College of Education offers a range of bachelor's and master's degree programs. The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Elementary Teacher Education program has an emphasis in early childhood education available. Course offerings explore topics like technology in the classroom, Nevada school law, socialization, geography, special education curricula and educational psychology. This degree program allows students to become eligible for the state's kindergarten to eight grade teaching license.
Western Nevada College
Carson City's Western Nevada College offers a Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Education. This program provides students with academic knowledge and skills for employment in a variety of child care settings. The program requires 30 credit hours, including nine hours of general education requirements. WNC students can also study education and early childhood education with the goal of transferring to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in education.
In Nevada, prospective early childhood education teachers can obtain licensure in the birth to 2nd grade category. The Nevada Department of Education requires applicants to have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited institution and have completed 35 semester hours of core coursework. Alternatively, teachers licensed at another level (e.g. elementary) may obtain an early childhood Nevada teaching license by showing proof of current licensure and verifiable work or student teaching experience.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Early Childhood Education Degree Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|College of Southern Nevada||4-year, public; large city|| Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education
Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education (Director)
Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education (Early Care and Education)
| $2,805 (in-state)
|Great Basin College||4-year, public; remote town|| Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education Pattern of Study,
Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education,
Associate of Applied Science in Infant/Toddler Education,
Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Education,
Certificate of Achievement in Infant/Toddler Education
| $2,805 (in-state)
|Truckee Meadows Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education,
Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education - Administration of Early Care and Education Programs,
Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education - Infant/Toddler,
Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education - Preschool,
Early Childhood Educator Certificates 1-4
| $2,805 (in-state)
|University of Nevada, Las Vegas||4-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education; Licensure & Non-Licensure,
Master of Education in Early Childhood Education,
Master of Education in Special Education - Early Childhood Education
| $6,943 (in-state undergrad)
$20,853 (out-of-state undergrad)
$5,500 (in-state graduate)
$19,410 (out-of-state graduate)
|University of Nevada, Reno||4-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Integrated Elementary Teacher Education - Early Childhood Education|| $6,902 (in-state)
|Western Nevada College||4-year, public; fringe rural||Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Education|| $2,805 (in-state)
Source: *NCES College Navigator