Moving Nevada Forward

The UNLV College of Education believes in the power of providing high-quality, fast-track and alternative educational experiences and preparing diverse and community-embedded educators programs for the intentional betterment of the lives of individuals, children, and families across the state of Nevada.

The College’s Nevada Forward (NV|Forward) initiative has developed innovative, fast-track programs that provide high-quality teacher education to future educators.

Interested in teaching in Nevada?

Whether you’re just starting your higher education journey or ready to take the next step to becoming an educator in the state of Nevada, NV|Forward has a pathway to meet your needs at little-to-no out-of-pocket cost* to you. Each of our programs have been carefully designed to meet students’ needs as working professionals.

*Pending funding availability

Are you looking for a:

  • Faster path to an undergraduate or graduate degree in early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special education?
  • Program that meets all requirements for teacher licensure through the Nevada Department of Education (NDE)?
  • Program that offers a team dedicated to supporting you from day one into your first three years in the classroom?
  • Way to achieve your career goals without incurring student loan debt or out-of-pocket costs?
  • Course schedule built to accommodate your busy schedule?

One of UNLV’s Nevada Forward apprenticeship programs may meet your needs!

Paraprofessional Pathways project

A one-year fast track for individuals employed as a paraprofessional or school support professional in a Nevada school who want to earn a bachelor’s degree and meet NDE teaching license requirements.

Accelerated Alternate Route to Licensure

A one-year intensive, classroom-embedded master’s degree program for individuals who have already earned a bachelor’s degrees (in non-education fields) who are interested in becoming educators.

A Multi Dimensional Initiative

In addition to its foundational teacher preparation programs, NV|Forward is dedicated to advancing the field of education through extracurricular initiatives tailored for traditional route students, prioritizing community-centric, high-quality professional development experiences, and contributing scholarly research on teacher preparation and retention to the forefront of educational discourse.

Nevada Institute on Teaching & Educator Preparation (NITEP)

Supporting emerging educators with hands-on and community-embedded fellowship opportunities.


Events that connect pre- and in-service educators with next-practice research findings and experts across the education spectrum.

research on Effective Teacher Preparation & Retention

Supporting projects that examine unique and novel pedagogical approaches and educational engagements.