Are you ready to move Nevada Forward?

The UNLV College of Education’s Paraprofessional Pathways Project provides a  fast-track, high-quality pathway for paraprofessionals and school support professionals to earn a Bachelor of Science in Education  and complete qualifications for teacher licensure in a single academic year. We even have funding through the Nevada Educator Preparation Institute & Collaborative (NV-EPIC) to support the cost of your program. The UNLV College of Education, along with various community partners, is also building a network of support committed to your success.

The Paraprofessional Pathways Project (PPP) was initiated in 2020 by UNLV College of Education Dean Danica G. Hays and UNLV President Keith Whitfield. Since its inception, both Clark County School District and the Nevada Department of Education have committed funding to help expand the reach of this pathway to licensure.

Is the UNLV PPP program right for you? If you answer YES to ALL of these questions, you may be a good fit.

  • 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 CCSD or Nevada 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 learning environment

Already have a bachelor’s degree? No worries! We have another program to help you achieve your goals. Click here for more information.

What makes PPP different?

Cohort model

The program uses a cohort approach, which values relationship building and nurturing a community of learners. Why? Because the best way to move Nevada forward is to prepare diverse individuals with other diverse individuals who bring rich and unique experiences to the table. The goal is to develop a community of educators to serve our communities .

ACCELERATED CURRICULUM TO MEET THE NEEDS OF WORKING PROFESSIONALS

PPP moves fast! But the program provides a high-quality experience tailored to the needs of working professionals that doesn’t sacrifice quality, time with your family, or take you away from your other responsibilities. Program courses are offered in a variety of online and in-person formats tailored to meet student needs by program area.

Professional Development & Microcredentialing

Not everything will be learned in the classroom—UNLV’s or your school’s. The program offers world class professional development 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. So, funding has been secured to cover program costs for those who are both admitted to UNLV and accepted into the PPP program.

Cohort 3.0 Applications Opening Soon

Thanks for your interest in UNLV’s NV-EPIC-supported PPP program. Program applications will be accepted on a rolling deadline. Please check back for our next application cycle.

If you’d like to be notified when we begin accepting Cohort 3.0 applications, fill out the form below to be added to the waitlist — we’ll notify you when applications are live.

Questions? We’re here to help!

Send us a message via the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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Apply, Accept & Welcome Phases

BY MAY 2022

Depending on your situation, you are eligible to apply to the PPP Program at various times throughout the year.

Completed Praxis / CBEST

General Education Requirements

NV-EPIC staff review applications on rolling deadlines. Once you’ve accepted your admission, NV-EPIC program staff will also help get you connected to UNLV resources like your ACE ID, RebelMail, and Slack.

Students will be expected to attend mandatory in-person (Zoom for non-Clark County) Orientation in May 2022. 

Program Phase

june 2022 to july 2023

First stop is Bridge where you’ll complete your first nine credits of coursework in June with in-person sessions Saturday that month. Student’s performance in Bridge is the final metric for program admission. 

Students officially accepted into Cohort 2.0 must be committed to dedicating a solid year of your life to completing coursework and other professional development opportunities. For many students, that will mean having mandatory, in-person (or via Zoom for those outside of Clark County) Saturday classes as much as every week.

But don’t lose sight of the goal!

When you’re done, you’ll have 1) earned a Bachelor of Science from UNLV and 2) completed all of your coursework requirements to apply to be a fully licensed educator in a Nevada school!

Mentoring Phase

july 2023 to july 2026

This program offers three years of continued support for program students through direct mentoring and professional development opportunities.

During this phase NV-EPIC program staff is also available to help students stay on task to complete their final requirements for licensure from the Department of Education (i.e., content area exams, endorsements, etc). 

A-ARL Elementary

Summer 1 • 2022

Bridge Courses

First 9 credits needed for licensure; One (1) in-person Saturday for each course held in June

  • CME 705
  • ESP 710
  • ESP 701
Bridge Wrap-UP
  • June 25 | 11am-1pm

Fall 1-4 • 2023

Four-Week Courses with one (1) in-person Saturday per course (TBD).

August 29 – September 23

  • CIL 501
  • CIE 508

September 26 – October 21

  • CIE 533

October 24 – November 18

  • CIE 543

November 21 – December 16

  • CIE 553

Spring 1-4 • 2023

Four-Week Courses with one (1) in-person Saturday per course (TBD).

January 17 – February 10

  • CIE 509

February 13 – March 10

  • CIL 542

March 13 – April 7

  • CIL 543 or CIL 621

April 10 – May 5

  • ESP 730

Summer • 2023

TBD only if needed. Four-Week Courses with one (1) in-person Saturday per course.

  • Courses TBD

Bridge Out Components; three (3) in-person Saturdays in July.

  • July TBD
  • July TBD
  • July TBD

A-ARL Special Education

Summer 1 • 2022

Bridge Courses

First 9 credits needed for licensure; One (1) in-person Saturday for each course held in June

  • CME 705
  • ESP 710
  • ESP 701
Bridge Wrap-UP
  • June 25 | 11am-1pm

Fall 1-2 • 2023

Eight-Week Courses with weekly in-person Saturdays per course unless noted as fully online.

August 29 – October 21

  • ESP 708
    (Sat 9-11am)
  • ESP 737i
    (Sat 11:30am-1:30pm)

October 24 – December 16

  • ESP 733
    (Sat 9-11am)
  • ESP 734
    (Sat 11:30am-1:30pm)

Spring 1-2 • 2023

Eight-Week Courses with weekly in-person Saturdays per course unless noted as fully online.

January 17 – March 10

  • ESP 709
    (Sat 9-11am)
  • ESP 719A
    (Sat 11:30am-1:30pm)

March 10 – May 5

  • ESP 724
    (Sat 9-11am)
  • ESP 730
    (Sat 11:30am-1:30pm)
  • EPY 702 (Fully Online)

Summer • 2023

TBD only if needed. Four-Week Courses with one (1) in-person Saturday per course.

  • Courses TBD

Bridge Out Components; three (3) in-person Saturdays in July.

  • July TBD
  • July TBD
  • July TBD

A-ARL Early Childhood

Summer 1 • 2022

Bridge Courses

First 9 credits needed for licensure; One (1) in-person Saturday for each course held in June

  • CME 705
  • ESP 710
  • ESP 701
Bridge Wrap-UP
  • June 25 | 11am-1pm

Fall 1-2 • 2023

Eight-Week Courses with weekly in-person Saturdays per course unless noted as fully online.

August 29 – October 21

  • ECE 709
    (Sat 9-11am)
  • ECE 706
    (Sat 11:30am-1:30pm)

October 24 – December 16

  • ECE 756
    (Sat 9-11am)
  • ECE 741
    (Sat 11:30am-1:30pm)

Spring 1-2 • 2023

Eight-Week Courses with weekly in-person Saturdays per course unless noted as fully online.

January 17 – March 10

  • ECE 711
    (Sat 9-11am)
  • ECE 772
    (Sat 11:30am-1:30pm)

March 10 – May 5

  • ECE 712
    (Sat 9-11am)
  • ECE 728
    (Sat 11:30am-1:30pm)
  • EPY 702 (Fully Online)

Summer • 2023

TBD only if needed. Four-Week Courses with one (1) in-person Saturday per course.

  • Courses TBD

Bridge Out Components; three (3) in-person Saturdays in July.

  • July TBD
  • July TBD
  • July TBD

PPP Elementary

Summer 1 • 2022

Bridge Courses

First 9 credits needed for licensure; One (1) in-person Saturday (8am – noon) for each course held in June

  • EDU 280
  • EDU 214
  • EDSP 411
Bridge Wrap-UP
  • June 25 | 9-11am

Fall 1-4 • 2023

Four-Week Courses with one (1) in-person Saturday per course (TBD).

August 29 – September 23

  • EDRL 471
  • EDEL 323

September 26 – October 21

  • EDEL 405
  • EDEL 408

October 24 – November 18

  • EDEL 433
  • EDEL 453

November 21 – December 16

  • EDEL 443
  • EDRL 442

Spring 1-4 • 2023

Four-Week Courses with one (1) in-person Saturday per course (TBD) + Student Teaching Requirements (full semester)

January 17 – February 10

  • EPY 303
  • EDSP 432

February 13 – March 10

  • EDRL 474

March 13 – April 7

  • EDSP 464

April 10 – May 5

  • ECE 250

Student Teaching – 16 weeks

  • EDEL 481

Summer • 2023

Four-Week Courses with one (1) in-person Saturday per course.

  • EDEL 443
  • EDEL 442

Bridge Out Components; three (3) in-person Saturdays in July.

  • July TBD
  • July TBD
  • July TBD

PPP Special Education

Summer 1 • 2022

Bridge Courses

First 9 credits needed for licensure; One (1) in-person Saturday (8am – noon) for each course held in June

  • EDU 280
  • EDU 214
  • EDSP 411
Bridge Wrap-UP
  • June 25 | 9-11am

Fall 1-2 • 2023

Eight-Week Courses with weekly in-person Saturdays per course unless noted as fully online.

August 29 – October 21

  • EDSP 453 (Sat 9-11:45am)
  • EDSP 411 (fully online; first four weeks only)
  • EDSP 423 (fully online; second four weeks only)

October 24 – December 16

  • EDSP 481 (Sat 9-11am)
  • EDSP 287 (field work; pre-student teaching)
  • EDSP 488 (fully online)
  • EDSP 414 (fully online; first four weeks)
  • EDSP 471 (fully online; first four weeks)

Spring 1-2 • 2023

Eight-Week Courses with weekly in-person Saturdays per course unless noted as fully online + Student Teaching Requirements (full semester)

January 17 – March 10

  • EDSP 461 (Sat 9-11:45am)
  • EDSP 431 (fully online; first four weeks only)
  • EDSP 462 (fully online; second four weeks only)

March 13 – May 5

  • EDSP 466 (Sat 9-11:45am)
  • EDSP 431 (fully online; first four weeks only)
  • EDSP 474 (fully online; second four weeks only)

Student Teaching – 16 weeks

  • EDSP 491 (field work)
  • EDSP 492 (fully online; student teaching seminar)
  • EDRL 470 (Sat noon-2pm)
  • EDRL 480 (field work; ELAD Practicum)

Summer • 2023

Four-Week Courses with one (1) in-person Saturday per course.

  • EDSP 465 (8 weeks; fully online)
  • EDSP 451 (Sat 9-11am; first four weeks only)
  • EDSP 464 (Sat 11am-1pm; first four weeks only)
  • EDSP 432 (fully online; second four weeks only)
  • EDSP 475 (fully online; second four weeks only)

Bridge Out Components; three (3) in-person Saturdays in July.

  • July TBD
  • July TBD
  • July TBD

PPP Early Childhood Education

Summer 1 • 2022

Bridge Courses

First 9 credits needed for licensure; One (1) in-person Saturday (8am – noon) for each course held in June

  • EDU 280
  • EDU 214
  • EDSP 411
Bridge Wrap-UP
  • June 25 | 9-11am

Fall 1-2 • 2023

Eight-Week Courses with weekly in-person Saturdays per course unless noted as fully online.

August 29 – October 21

  • ECE 431 (Sat 9-11:45am)
  • ECE 250 (fully online; first four weeks only)
  • ECE 251 (fully online; second four weeks only)

October 24 – December 16

  • EDP 471 (Sat 9-11am)
  • ECE 299 (field work; infant/toddler practicum)
  • ECE 483 (field work; pre-student teaching)
  • ECE 441 (fully online; first four weeks)
  • EDRL 471 (fully online; first four weeks)

Spring 1-2 • 2023

Eight-Week Courses with weekly in-person Saturdays per course unless noted as fully online + Student Teaching Requirements (full semester)

January 17 – March 10

  • EDSP 473 (Sat 9-11:45am)
  • ECE 453 (fully online; first four weeks only)
  • ECE 456 (fully online; second four weeks only)

March 13 – May 5

  • EDSP 474 (Sat 9-11:45am)
  • ECE 454 (fully online; first four weeks only)
  • EDRL 474 (fully online; second four weeks only)

Student Teaching – 16 weeks

  • ECE 491 (field work)
  • ECE 492 (fully online; student teaching seminar)
  • EDRL 470 (Sat noon-2pm)
  • EDRL 480 (field work; ELAD Practicum)

Summer • 2023

Four-Week Courses with one (1) in-person Saturday per course.

  • EDSP 475 (Sat 9-11am; first four weeks only)
  • ECE 463 (fully online; first four weeks only)
  • ECE 457 (fully online; second four weeks only)
  • EDRL 475 (fully online; second four weeks only)

Bridge Out Components; three (3) in-person Saturdays in July.

  • July TBD
  • July TBD
  • July TBD
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