The Accelerated Alternate Route to Licensure program, better known as A-ARL, is an innovative fast-track for individuals who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field who interested in teaching in Nevada. Learn more about what makes this program so unique.

Let us help you get ready!

Join Us for a Virtual A-ARL Info Session

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 4 to 5pm

Should I apply?

You should apply if you:

  • Are interested in working in early childhood, elementary, or special education and are not already a licensed teacher (unlicensed substitute teachers may apply).
  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a non-education field.
    – You must have a minimum 2.75 Cumulative GPA or a 3.0 GPA over the last 60 credits (two years).
  • Are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment

Watch a video to learn more about the Admissions Requirements and Process!

Note: Academic programs may have additional application requirements. 

*Applicants not currently employed in a school setting may be admitted under the condition that they begin working in a school setting by the time the program before the start of the next K-12 school semester.

Apply for the Accelerated Alternate
Route to Licensure program

Submit applications for Elementary education by Monday, April 15, 2024. Applications for special education and early childhood education are due Monday, Apr. 15.

Here’s how to apply:

Gather your information

In order to complete your application efficiently, we recommend that you have the following items before starting.

  • Unofficial transcripts* from each post-secondary institution you have attended showing all of your:
  • Degrees and dates they were awarded
  • Coursework and grades
  • Contact information of two individuals who can complete a recommendation form about you.

In addition, applicants for the elementary education program should have a statement of intent.

Complete the online application for admission to UNLV’s Graduate College

Watch this step-by-step video to help with your application process!

Start your online application:

Log in to the UNLV Grad Rebel Gateway.

  • If you do not already have a Grad Rebel Gateway account, click “New User” and create an account. 

Click on “Admissions” at the top navigation bar. 

Select the Active Application in the table (App-ID-xxxxx).

Complete each application section (listed on the left side), including your:

  • Personal Data
  • Address
  • Application Type
  • Select “Degree or Certificate Application”
  • Under Program of Study select the following:
  1. Level of Study: Masters
  2. Program of Study choose one of the following 
  3. Early Childhood Education, M.Ed.
  4. Elementary Education, M.A.T.
  5. Special Education, M.Ed.
  6. Term of Admission: Summer 2024
  • Program Questions
  • You will be asked, “Are you interested in teaching in Nevada and are NOT currently a licensed teacher?” Select “Yes.”
  • Academic History
  • Financial Information
  • Recommendation
  • Emergency Contact
  • Parents’ Education Level
  • Graduate Assistantship (do not apply for a GAship)
  • Submit Application

Complete the acknowledgements and pay the $95 application fee.

  • Active duty military personnel stationed in Nevada may request a fee waiver by emailing gradadmissions@unlv.edu.
  • McNair Scholars may also submit a verification letter by a McNair Advisor or program representative to gradadmissions@unlv.edu.

You should see a new screen that says “Congratulations, your application was successfully submitted.”

  • Click “Finish”
  • The next screen will give you your application confirmation number. A confirmation will be sent to your email. 


After you’ve applied to the UNLV Graduate College

Please take note and follow through on the program-specific requirements, including:

  • Early childhood education applicants must submit a 350-400-word letter of application/intent that discusses your desire to work in this area and career plans.
  • Elementary education program applicants must submit the following in Grad Rebel Gateway
  • Two references
  • A statement of intent
  • Passing Praxis or CBEST scores
  • Special education program applicants must submit a 350-400-word letter of application/intent that discusses what areas (e.g., grade levels, developmental challenges) you’d like to focus on.

Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Alternate Need Determination Form if you are not a U.S. citizen.

Check your Application Status

  • Log in to your application on Grad Rebel Gateway. Your application status will be updated as we receive documents, the Graduate College completes their evaluation, and the department reviews your application.
  • You will receive an email when final decision letter is ready for viewing. 


Admissions Decisions

If you apply by the program-specific deadline, you should receive a decision on your admission to UNLV within two weeks of the application deadline. If you are not accepted to the Accelerated Alternate Route to Licensure program, you may be eligible to continue your education journey through one of the regular Alternate Route to Licensure program or traditional graduate program paths.


After you’ve been admitted
  • Submit your official transcripts from each institution you’ve attended in  Grad Rebel Gateway.
  • If you are currently taking courses, request your current transcript and the transcript after final grades are posted.
  •   Submit your immunization records (required if you are registering and attending in-person classes) before the start of classes.
  • You will receive emails regarding the May orientation session (via Zoom).