Teaching Degrees in Las Vegas with School Options

Nov 06, 2018

Las Vegas Schools with Teaching Degree Programs

Students interested in earning a teaching degree in the Las Vegas area have a range of schools to consider. Read about three of these schools, all of which are 20 minutes or less from the downtown area. There's also a table comparing school statistics, as well as a brief paragraph discussing another nearby school option.

  • The University of Nevada at Las Vegas, which is 2.6 miles from downtown, offers a variety of bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in elementary education, special education, early childhood education, curriculum and instruction, and more.
  • Students at the College of Southern Nevada, which is located 11.4 miles from downtown Las Vegas, can earn an Associate of Arts (AA) in Elementary Education, Secondary Education or Special Education.
  • Finally, students can attend the Health and Science Center at Touro University, which can be found 15.8 miles from downtown. Its School of Education offers a MEd in School Administration and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction.

Comparison of Schools

Check out the table below for information on tuition rates, school types, graduation rates and more.

University of Nevada - Las Vegas College of Southern Nevada Touro University Nevada
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 30,471 33,914 1,414
Campus Setting Midsize city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (for 2017-2018)* Undergraduate:
$7,665 in-state,
$21,853 out-of-state
$5,776 in-state,
$19,964 out-of-state
$3,285 in-state,
$10,063 out-of-state
Undergraduate: $40,637
Graduate: $46,262
% of First-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 93% 74% 44% (grant or scholarship aid)
72% (federal student loans)
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017)* 81% Open admissions N/A
Retention Rates for First-Time Students (2016-2017)* 74% for full-time students; 48% for part-time students N/A N/A
Overall Graduation Rate (students beginning in 2011)* 42% 9% (21% transfer-out rate)* N/A

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

The University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) was founded in 1954 and hosts a student body of about 30,000. There are over 250 student organizations, with a student-faculty ratio of 21 to 1. The school's College of Education has 3 separate departments devoted to clinical studies, educational psychology, and teaching. Numerous bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees are available in each area. Along with the ones listed below, there are also two more Ph.D. programs, one in higher education and one in teacher education.

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

The elementary education program is available through the College of Education's Department of Teaching & Learning. Required coursework provides students with an understanding of relevant developmental theories and educational techniques for elementary school students. Courses include child psychology, literacy, educational assessments, and language acquisition. Several credit hours of student teaching practice are also required. Students seeking the BA degree must complete additional foreign language courses.

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education

This degree program prepares students for careers as licensed teachers of students in grades 6-12. Since teaching jobs at these grade levels are usually subject-specific, participants are required to select a field of teaching, with the option to choose a second field as well. Choices include art, biology, math, or a foreign language. Total credits required vary by program. Two additional foreign language courses are needed for the BA degree.

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Students enrolled in UNLV's Early Childhood Education BS program learn to educate and care for students who are younger than elementary school age, generally infants and toddlers. Relevant coursework focuses heavily on instructional methods for children in this age range, with required course topics including play theory, children's literature, and curriculum development. Students can choose between a non-licensure and a traditional curriculum.

Bachelor of Science in Special Education

This degree program provides students with an in-depth understanding of the behavioral and educational needs of students with emotional or developmental disabilities. Courses cover needs assessment and instructional methods for K-12 special education environments; 120 credit hours are required, as are field experiences and student teaching seminars.

Master of Science in Educational Psychology

This 34-credit-hour program is offered by the Department of Educational Psychology & Higher Education. It's designed for teachers and special education professionals interested in using psychology to enhance their teaching abilities at the elementary and secondary school levels. Courses in learning and development, research methods, and specialty electives are included, with participants required to maintain a 3.0 GPA. In addition, students must complete a culminating experience of their choice, such as a thesis, a comprehensive examination, or an internship and professional paper.

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

The MEd program prepares students for the task of teaching children in daycare, preschool, and pre-kindergarten through the second grade. It's offered by the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies, and the curriculum exceeds state educational and licensing requirements for teachers working with children in this age range. Fieldwork is required, and participants also develop an understanding of working with special needs children.

Master of Education in Special Education

The master's degree program in special education was designed by the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies for baccalaureates who want to specialize in either early childhood or special education. Students develop a curriculum based on their licensure needs. Available areas of emphasis include autism, early childhood special education, generalist and intellectual disabilities. At least 36 credit hours must be completed over the course of 6 years to earn the degree.

Master of Education/ M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction

This 37-credit curriculum requires students to complete basic studies in instruction, research, and classroom management. Participants will take part in three credits of research and three of educational foundations. A culminating experience is required. The M.S. requires 39 credit hours, six of which must be dedicated to writing the thesis.

PhD in Special Education

Offered through the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies, the PhD in Special Education program prepares graduates for careers in research and evaluation with research centers and schools. Requiring at least 72 credit hours, the curriculum is divided into core courses, research course work, leadership studies or exceptionality studies, an internship, a seminar in writing proficiency, and a dissertation.

Core courses include the study of trends, philosophical perspectives, and leadership in the field of special education. In addition, students are expected to complete courses in statistics, experimental design, and research methods. They can conduct research through a variety of departmental facilities, including the Lynn Bennett Early Childhood Education Center.

Students can also pursue this terminal degree in combination with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree offered by the William S. Boyd School of Law. If pursued concurrently, each degree program requires fewer credit hours. Student must apply separately to each school for admission to the program.

PhD in Learning Sciences

The PhD in Learning Sciences program prepares graduates for careers in research and development at schools, community colleges, universities, and federal agencies. Offered through a collaborative effort by the Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education and the Department of Teaching and Learning, this program focuses on how learning environments are enhanced or altered by technological advancements.

Students must complete 67 credit hours of coursework, including courses in research methods, statistics, learning, and educational technology. A doctoral dissertation and publication are required.

PhD in Curriculum and Instruction

This program requires completion of at least 60 total credit hours in both a major and minor concentration area of the student's choosing; options include cultural studies, educational technology, and science instruction. The curriculum also includes a mandatory block of research-related courses, a research internship, and a dissertation. Students are expected to complete the program within 3-6 years and, upon graduation, are prepared for academic research careers at postsecondary institutions.

College of Southern Nevada

The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is a community college located in the heart of Las Vegas, with 3 main campuses throughout the region and more than 180 degree and certificate options. Its nearly 34,000 students can earn associate's degrees in numerous areas, including elementary education. The School of Education, Behavioral, and Social Sciences provides degree options through the Department of Education. In addition, this school offers some students the opportunity to gain experience in early childhood education through an accredited model school for children ages 1-6.

Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education

The early childhood program prepares you to enter an entry-level career with a pre-k or early childhood school. This 2-year degree can also be used to transfer to a 4-year college to complete a bachelor's degree. This will prepare you to work with kids from six months old until kindergarten. There is also a lab school on campus that allows you to get hands-on experience.

Associate of Arts in Elementary Education

Completion of this 2-year, 60-credit AA degree program prepares graduates to either embark upon careers as teaching assistants or transfer to a bachelor's degree program in education. In addition to 35 required credit hours of general education coursework, students must complete 25 credits of elementary education courses in areas like cultural diversity, number concepts for teachers, state school law, and instructional technology.

Associate of Arts in Secondary Education

This 60-credit program prepares students for transfer to a 4-year bachelor's degree program or for a career as an instructor assistant or substitute teacher. Classes review the secondary school system, diversity in education, and Nevada school laws. Roughly 34 credit hours are dedicated to general education requirements, while 26 credit hours meet special program requirements. There are three areas to concentrate on: humanities & fine arts, life & physical science or social sciences.

Associate of Arts in Special Education

The special education emphasis at CSN allows for an individualized education on the similarities, differences, and educational needs of children who are either gifted or disabled. Field experiences and observations are incorporated into the 60-credit-hour curriculum, which students must complete within 2 years. Along with general education requirements, students must fulfill special program requirements, including courses on technology in the classroom, educational psychology, and cultural diversity. Graduates are prepared for positions as paraprofessionals or substitute teachers, although many choose to transfer to a bachelor's degree program elsewhere to become certified teachers.

Touro University

Located in Henderson, Touro University Nevada is a health and science center that houses the College of Health and Human Services as well as the College of Osteopathic Medicine. It is part of the Touro College and University System, first established in 1970 as a Jewish-sponsored institution in New York City. At the Nevada campus, the School of Education offers several master's degree programs.

Master of Education in School Administration

This 36-credit-hour program meets school administrator licensing requirements mandated by the State of Nevada. Students can expect courses in leadership, curriculum development, educational law, and communication. Internships, research projects, and classroom training must all be completed to earn this degree.

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction School Counseling

This 36-credit degree program offers students a concentration in curriculum & instruction school counseling. This program is set up as cohort programs, so you'll keep the same fellow students in all your courses. The curriculum & instruction program required 600 internship hours and should take 2 years to complete. This program is also offered wholly online (except for the internship).

Doctor of Education

This program's focus is on education administration and leadership. Meant for current teachers and health professionals, this program can be completed online. This program does require two week-long residencies on campus to engage students with each other and the faculty.

Other School Options

A fourth school also offers teaching programs in the Las Vegas area. Nevada State College, about 19 miles from the city's downtown, is a 4-year public school with about 4,200 students. It features 4 elementary education and 9 secondary education bachelor's degrees with a variety of concentrations. Other options include speech pathology, speech & language and teacher education programs.

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