MISSION

The Nevada Educator Preparation Institute & Collaborative (NV-EPIC) is committed to the intentional recruitment, meaningful engagement, and long-term retention of Nevada educators through community-focused and research-informed approaches drawing on accelerated pathways to licensure coupled with meaningful mentoring and induction. NV-EPIC supports both the UNLV College of Education’s Paraprofessional Pathways Project (PPP) and an accelerated offering of the alternate route to licensure Master of Education program (A-ARL). NV-EPIC is able to achieve its mission through generous funding support from the Nevada Department of Education.

WHY THIS WORK MATTERS

The journey of becoming a teacher can be complicated, emotional, and often a convoluted endeavor. This journey may be even more treacherous for those looking to enter the education workforce later in life, after pursuing another career, as well as for those individuals who have been historically marginalized. Understanding this, NV-EPIC supports the UNLV College of Education’s curricular programming through carefully cultivated partnerships that recognize and celebrate the varying backgrounds that have shaped our students’ experiences, and draw on the richness of Nevada’s many educational partners.

In addition to supporting UNLV’s licensure pathway programs, NV-EPIC also offers the following:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & Microcredentialing

Not everything will be learned in the classroom—UNLV’s or your school’s. The program offers world class professional development included in the program to give you new perspectives and ideas about how teachers move Nevada forward. NV-EPIC compliments PPP by offering free microcredential courses in partnership with the Clark County School District (CCSD) designed to provide you with the tools and resources you need to be effective in a constantly evolving educational landscape.

Continued mentoring & Support

Developed in partnership between the Clark County Education Association (CCEA), the Public Education Foundation (PEF), CCSD, UNLV, and other partners, PPP and NV-EPIC will support you with mentoring and induction for your first three years as a classroom teacher after the program ends. Why? Because your success as a teacher moves all Nevadans forward.

Funding Available

Costs never seem to stop rising. Gas prices, grocery prices, and even the price of your morning cup of coffee are skyrocketing. Thanks to funding from the Nevada Department of Education, 75% or more of your cost can be covered to complete this program.

You may be a good fit for one of UNLV’s NV-EPIC supported programs if:

Graduate-Level A-ARL

  • You are not a licensed teacher
  • You have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • You are interested in working in early childhood education (birth-2nd grade), elementary education (K-8), or special education (K-12)
  • You are comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

Undergrad-Level PPP

  • You have earned 60+ college credits or an associates degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • You are currently employed as a paraprofessional or school support professional in a Nevada public or charter school
  • You have permission from school administration to complete the program and conduct student teaching hours in the classroom
  • You are interested in working in early childhood education (birth-2nd grade), elementary education (K-8), or special education (K-12)
  • You are comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
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