Frequently Asked Questions

Program Application

  • How do I apply to the Teacher Preparation Program?
    All students seeking a degree or certification will need to apply for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program before registering for initial 300 and 400 level education courses.
  • Do I have to have a certain GPA to be admitted to the School of Education?
    The School of Education requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher to be accepted into the program.
  • Where do I turn in the program application?
    The program application can be submitted in-person or by mail to:

    Location

    School of Education
    1300 Nevada State Drive #200, 3rd floor
    Henderson, NV 89002

    Mailing Address

    Nevada State College
    School of Education
    1300 Nevada State Drive, MS 1006
    Henderson, NV 89002

Praxis Exams

  • Am I required to take the Praxis exams?
    Yes, the Praxis CORE is a prerequisite for all 300-400 level education courses and for Teacher Preparation Program admission. The Praxis Subject Assessments must be taken prior to applying for student teaching. More information on the Praxis exams can be found on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.
  • What are the Praxis CORE and Subject Assessment exams?
    The Praxis CORE and Subject Assessments are exams that states use as part of their teaching licensing certification process. Nevada requires all teachers to have passed the Praxis CORE and Subject Assessments before being hired as a full-time teacher. The Praxis CORE tests measure basic academic skills. The Praxis Subject Assessments measure general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills. More information on the Praxis exams can be found on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.
  • I am in a permanent teaching position; do I need to provide my Praxis scores?
    Students who hold a permanent teaching position in the state of Nevada can either provide a copy of their Praxis CORE scores or a copy of a current Nevada teaching license.

Fingerprinting

  • Do I have to be fingerprinted to be admitted to the Teacher Preparation Program?
    No, you do not need to be fingerprinted for program admission.
  • Do I have to be fingerprinted for student teaching?
    Yes, Clark County School District requires all prospective student teachers to be fingerprinted prior to placement.
  • I am a substitute teacher and was fingerprinted by the Clark County School District. Do I have to be fingerprinted again?
    Yes, the Clark County School District requires a separate fingerprint report.
  • What if I have a Sheriff's Card, have been fingerprinted by my employer or have been fingerprinted by the police department, do I have to be fingerprinted again?
    Yes, the Clark County School District requires a separate fingerprint report.
  • Why do I have to be fingerprinted again? Doesn't the Clark County School District keep my fingerprints?
    Fingerprints are sent to the FBI. The FBI issues a single report to the Clark County School District, and prints are destroyed. It is a regulation that anyone entering Clark County School District in a capacity where they can be left alone with students is fingerprinted; no matter how many divisions they work with/for.

Field Experiences

  • What are field experiences?
    Field experience activities are designed to be developmental. Field experiences will consist of classroom observation, individual tutoring, small group work and large group instruction in local elementary and secondary schools.
  • Do I have to participate in field experiences?
    Yes, NSC requires from 5 to 20 hours of field experiences in specific education courses. All education majors will participate in a planned series of field experiences, at an assigned school, as an important part of their training. Field experiences begin with the first education course and conclude with student teaching. This enables education students to receive guidance and feedback as they apply educational theory and practice in school settings.
  • How do I receive an observation placement for my class?
    The School of Education submits an observation placement request to the Clark County School District at the beginning of each semester. Your instructor will distribute the assignments once the Clark County School District finds a suitable placement.
  • After I am assigned to a school, can I change my observation placement to a school closer to my home?
    No, observation placements are assigned by the Clark County School District.
  • How soon should I contact my school once I receive my observation placement?
    It is extremely important that you contact your assigned school immediately. Even if you are not planning to do the observation right away.
  • I am a full-time teacher. Do I need to observe in a school?
    No. Current full-time teachers are not required to complete observations; however they should complete reflection sheets on their own teaching as a replacement assignment.
  • I am a long-term substitute teacher. Do I need to observe in a school?
    Yes. Long-term subs may observe in their own schools, with written permission from the administration, but not in their own classrooms.

Student Teaching

  • How do I apply for student teaching?
    All Teacher Preparation majors will need to complete a student teaching application one semester prior to the internship.
  • Do I have to have a certain GPA for student teaching?
    The School of Education requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher to student teach.
  • Where do I turn in my student teaching application?
    The student teaching application can be submitted in-person or by mail to:

    Location

    School of Education
    1300 Nevada State Drive #200, 3rd floor
    Henderson, NV 89002

    Mailing Address

    Nevada State College
    School of Education
    1300 Nevada State Drive, MS 1006
    Henderson, NV 89002

  • I submitted a student teaching application. What if I do not pass all my required classes prior to my student teaching or my GPA falls below a 2.5?
    Your student teaching application will be denied and your placement cancelled. You will need to reapply for student teaching once all classes are complete and/or your cumulative GPA is a 2.5 or higher.

Education Courses

  • Where will the education classes be held?
    Nevada State College currently has two classroom buildings.
    • LAS building - 1300 Nevada State Drive #100, Henderson, NV 89002
    • NSE building - 1300 Nevada State Drive #200, Henderson, NV 89002
    Most college core classes are offered at the LAS building while education courses are offered at the NSE building.
  • When will Nevada State College education classes be offered?
    Nevada State College education classes are offered in a variety of formats including online, hybrid, accelerated, day, and evening times.
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