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 .


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 Spring 2023

Thanks for your interest in UNLV’s NV-EPIC-supported PPP program. Program applications are accepted once per year in early spring. 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 waiting list — we’ll notify you when applications are live.

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