Fast Track Your Teaching Career

The NV|Forward Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program, better known as the Paraprofessional Pathways Project or PPP, is an innovative fast-track for individuals working in support roles in Nevada public schools who are interested in teaching in Nevada. Learn more about what makes this program so unique.

Work full-time while completing your degree

Designed for working paraprofessionals and school support professionals in Nevada public and charter schools, students complete their degree while earning a paycheck.

Zero out-of-pocket cost for students*

Thanks to generous grant funding, we are proud to offer our program at no cost to students who qualify. 

*Pending continued funding availability.

Accelerated coursework and program flexibility

In as little as one year, students complete all required coursework to earn a degree and complete the requirements to apply for educator licensure in Nevada. 

Continuous support services

Students receive concierge support and success coaching to help smooth the path along the way to reaching their academic goals.

Do I qualify?

You may qualify for PPP if you:

*Applicants who have not completed the required general education coursework may be admitted in the pre-apprenticeship PPP program under the condition that they complete the core coursework before beginning the PPP apprenticeship program.  

**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.

PPP Apprenticeship Timeline


Apply to unlv ppp program

All students regardless of general education status apply to Paraprofessional Pathways Project (PPP) Apprenticeship Program.

See below application deadlines.


Application & Transcript Review

All students’ transcripts and prior coursework (if applicable) are reviewed during the application process. Your transcripts cannot be reviewed without applying.

Completed within approx. 3-4 weeks of submission — Students are asked to keep an eye on their emails for updates!


Employment in a nevada school 

PPP students must be employed in a Nevada public or charter school as a paraprofessional or school support professional for the duration of their Apprenticeship Program

PPP students must secure employment during their first semester of coursework.


Complete Coursework

Depending on the courses needed and academic program, PPP students will be enrolled in 4- and 8-week blocks of courses to complete all program and licensure requirements.

Typically, 3-4 semesters of coursework to complete — Our team enrolls you in everything you need!


Graduate & Apply for licensure

When all courses have been completed successfully, students graduate with a bachelor’s degree in their program area and can apply for a provisional license with the Nevada Department of Education.


Teach in a Nevada school!

Students who successfully complete their PPP Apprenticeship will be eligible for licensure and EMPLOYABLE in their subject areas. Many of our students continue working as teachers of record in the schools they served in as paraprofessionals. 

Apply for the PPP Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program

Cohort 8 • Spring 2025 start
Deadline to apply:
October 1, 2024

Documents Due October 15

Program acceptance emails sent to students no later than December 1.

Cohort 9 • Summer 2025 start
Deadline to apply:
March 1, 2025

Documents Due March 15

Program acceptance emails sent to students no later than May 1.

Cohort 10 • Fall 2025 start
Deadline to apply:
June 1, 2025

Documents Due June 15

Program acceptance emails sent to students no later than August 1.

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:

  • Information on your high school and any previous colleges you’ve attended. 
  • Your most recent SAT and/or ACT scores (not required). 

Complete the online application for admission to UNLV

Start your online application with UNLV Admissions:

Choose one of the options in the Undergraduate Admissions section.

  • If you have never attended any college or university, choose the first-year option.
  • Click on the “UNLV Application” option at the bottom of the page. 
  • If you have attended any college or university other than UNLV, choose the transfer option.
  • Click “Apply Now” in the middle of the page. 
  • If you have attended UNLV, choose the returning option.
  • Click “Apply Now button” on the right side of the page. 

You will be taken to a Welcome page. 

  • If you do not already have an account, select “Create Profile.”
  • Complete the fields in the profile section and click Create Your Profile. 
  • If you already have a profile, log in to the system with the credentials you used to create your account.

You should then see the Application homepage. 

  • Select “Start a New or Continue with Your Application” at the bottom of the screen. 

You will be taken to the Rebel Success Hub.

  • Select “Start a PPP Application” on the right side of the screen (white button). DO NOT select the red button.
  • A pop-up screen will appear with a Paraprofessional Pathways Application Notice.
  • Read through the requirements, click the box acknowledging the requirements and then click accept.

You will see an application detail page explaining the steps.

  • Click Save and Continue.

On the Application Type screen, select one of the following:

  • I am currently attending high school or secondary school.
  • I have graduated from high school or secondary school or earned a high school equivalency credential.

Once you’ve selected one of the above answers, another question will populate. Select the following: 

  • I will be enrolling in classes at UNLV in a degree or certificate program.

Another question will populate, select the answer that best describes your situation:  

  • I have taken or am currently taking college-level classes other than AP, IB, or tech prep courses.
  • Select this option only if you’ve received any grade on a college-level course on any of your transcripts.
  • I have not taken any college-level classes other than AP, IB, or tech prep courses.
  • Select this option only if you have not received a grade for a college-level course on any transcripts.

Depending on your answer to the above question, additional questions may appear. Select the answer(s) that best describe your situation. Once all questions are completed, click “Save and Continue.”

A Term and Major section will then appear.

  • Select your desired start semester 
  • Select one of the following based on the track you wish to complete:
  • Early Childhood PRE
  • Special Education PRE
  • Elementary Education PRE

Complete the rest of the instructions as directed in the online application.

  • Personal Information
  • Educational Details
  • Review and Submit

Complete the acknowledgements and pay the $60 application fee.

  • If you meet one or more of the following criteria, you may request an application fee waiver.
  • Received an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver
  • Received a NACAC application fee waiver
  • Enrolled or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program
  • Enrolled in a TRiO or GEAR Up program (e.g., Talent Search, upward bound)
  • Family receives public assistance
  • Ward of the state or an orphan
  • Live in federally subsidized housing, a foster home, or houseless

Upload documentation to verify your waiver eligibility.

  • You will be notified whether you are eligible.

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 UNLV

You’ll receive two emails from ITHelp with your NSHE ID and your password. Take note of this information for future use. 

  • If you do not receive these emails or if you don’t know your NSHE ID or password, contact the UNLV Office of Information Technology at 702-895-0777.

Use your NSHE ID an password to log in to

  • Take note of any additional documentation required from you under the Tasks tile.
  • Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities you have ever attended by document deadline outlined above . Your application will be considered incomplete and unable to review until all transcripts are received. 
  • If you are requesting transcripts from CSN, NSU, UNR, or other college within the Nevada System of Education, choose the “NSHE to NSHE” option so transcripts are sent free of charge.
  • Electronic versions of your transcripts are preferred. 
  • If you are currently taking classes, ask the college/university to send your current transcripts as well as your transcripts after grades are posted. 
  • Submit your immunization record (required if you are registering and attending in-person classes) before the start of classes.
  • Complete the Federal Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) to access possible federal financial aid. Be sure to add UNLV on the form as the school you plan to attend. 
  • If you are not eligible to complete a FAFSA, complete an Alternate Need Form.

Admissions Decisions and Appeals

Watch this video to help you understand what happens after you’ve applied to UNLV!

*You should receive notice that you have been accepted to the program no later than 1.5 months after the deadline has closed.*

If you are accepted by UNLV, your application will proceed to the college’s Education Student Services Center (ESSC) to be reviewed for admission to the College of Education. 

  • If you are admitted to the college, your application will to to the NV|Forward team to be reviewed for admission to the Paraprofessional Pathways Project (PPP) Apprenticeship Program.
  • You will receive a conditional acceptance letter or denial in two weeks.
  • After you’ve been admitted

If you are not accepted you have the following appeal options:

After you’ve been admitted to UNLV

After you’ve been accepted into the program, the NVForward Team will evaluate your transcripts and assign you to one of two paths:

Apprenticeship Track (PPP)
This means that you have completed an associate’s degree and/or the 60 credits of university-required core coursework.

  • You will receive emails via your RebelMail email regarding the orientation session (via Zoom).
  • You will be registered in all courses you need. Please do not attempt to register yourself.  

Pre-Apprenticeship Track (Pre-PPP) – Rebel Start Academy
This means that advisors identified additional credits of university-required coursework. 
Once you have completed these credits, you are eligible to begin in the apprenticeship track

  • The NV|Forward Team will be in touch to help you register for special accelerated courses that can help you complete the core requirements. Please do not attempt to register yourself.  
  • You will receive emails regarding the your required orientation session (via Zoom).

Admission to UNLV does not guarantee admission to any NVForward program. 

Are you a current UNLV student currently enrolled in Fall 2024 or Spring 2025 courses?

Please do not fill out the application. Instead, fill out this form!

If you are a current UNLV student, watch this video to help you with the application process.

Admission to UNLV does not guarantee admission to any NVForward program.