The Nevada Institute on Teaching & Educator Preparation (NITEP) is a state-funded program designed to prepare fellows for success in a variety of educational settings, with a focus on the educational needs within the Las Vegas community. Our goal is to provide each NITEP Fellow with new and innovative experiences around education research, training, and preparation that go above and beyond what you receive in your pre-service coursework and practicum. As a result, you should be equipped to be a skilled practitioner and leader in K-12 education in Nevada.

Each NITEP fellow receives approximately 60 hours of enhanced learning opportunities each academic year to support their knowledge and skill development as an emerging educational leader. The NITEP program takes a multifocal approach, providing enhanced preparation of pre-service teachers through programming, community engagement, participation in research, and knowledge dissemination.


Investing in the intellectual curiosity, professional development, and long-term retention of community-focused, research-informed Nevada educators. 


For all Nevada educators to be community-focused, research-informed, and equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively teach all Nevada students.

Program Components

The NITEP Fellowship program consists of three main components offered each semester of the program, as well as optional opportunities to participate on educational research projects with faculty.

educational engagement pathways (EEPs)

EEPs provide hands-on experiences with fellows, teachers, families, and the communities they serve to ensure our future educators are prepared for the realities of 21st century educational delivery for diverse populations, particularly within southern Nevada. EEPs also seek to provide educators with best practices and strategies to support mental health and wellness to keep teachers in classrooms and from burning out. 

Community engagement pathways (CEPS)

Fellows are being trained not only to be leaders in the classroom, but also on the UNLV campus and within larger Nevada communities. CEPs are specially designed opportunities for fellows to engage in meaningful service learning. by building relationships and working with students and families in the communities in which they live and work.

Professional Development

In an effort to provide future educators with experiences that help them continue their pursuit of knowledge, fellows are offered professional development resources during and after their fellowships with Educators LEAD Professional Development Days, Global Professional Development Conferences in Concepción and Santiago, Chile, and access to microcredential courses that build their toolkits and qualify them for advancement within the school district’s system.

(Optional) research fellowship

Gain experience conducting research in the field of education that seeks to identify or validate unique, innovative, promising, or novel pedagogical practices or approaches for diverse learners. Accepted fellows receive an additional $2,500 stipend for committing 30 hours to the project in addition to mentorship by the project’s research faculty over the course of the year.