Elementary Education Overview

Why Study Elementary Education at NSC

Elementary Education lays the foundation of a successful society by giving children the chance to reach their highest potential both as learners and productive citizens. In the near future, our elementary students will be expected to compete academically on a global scale. The School of Education Teacher Preparation Program at Nevada State College is prepared to meet that challenge by producing educators who will lead the way in the most advanced educational strategies, teaching methods and academic research.

What makes our program unique is the immediate placement of teacher candidates in the elementary classroom and instruction in innovative, research-based teaching methods. Courses are conducted at partnership schools where Nevada State students are continually exposed to veteran educators demonstrating the best practices for student learning.

Our teacher candidates are instructed in teaching methods such as guided reading, Thinking Maps and Words Their Way and then given opportunities to exercise these methods under the careful guidance of college faculty.


A degree in Elementary Education from NSC will prepare you to take leadership roles in advancing research and scholarship, strengthening schools and improving education policy.

Interesting Classes

  • Teaching Literature
  • Literacy Instruction I and II
  • Foundations of Education
  • Preparing Teachers to Use Technology

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Navarrete is an Associate Professor in the School of Education. She has worked in higher education for 19 years, in faculty and administrative positions, preparing effective teachers to work in both urban and rural settings. Her professional interests and experiences are in disability education, sociocultural and linguistic competence in teacher education, family engagement, and global and comparative education. Dr. Navarrete's professional experiences include involvement in community partnerships, professional organizations, and scholarly activities. She actively participates in Las Vegas community initiatives involving the Latina/o community.

Dr. Roberta Kaufman's areas of research interest include the education of Native American students who are gifted; the impact of immigrant populations in rural school districts; the preparation of special educators to work with non-native speakers of English, and coaching novice special educators in urban school districts. On a personal level, Dr. Kaufman enjoys traveling and trying new foods. She is fascinated by art, architecture, and music that is culturally representative of a group of people.

Dr. Amanda VandeHei has worked in elementary education in Las Vegas, Nevada for ten years teaching first, second, fourth and fifth grade. She received her in Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research interests include teacher education and pedagogy, teacher racial identity, critical literacy, and multicultural education

Where Alumni Work

Here are some of the places where NSC grads in Elementary Education work and study:

Elementary Education B.A. Employment

  • Carson City School District
  • Churchill County School District
  • Clark County School District
  • Douglas County School District
  • Lyon County School District
  • Mineral County School District
  • Pershing County School District
  • Washoe County School District

Field Experience

Field experiences are a requirement of all undergraduate education majors. ALL education majors in Nevada State College Teacher Preparation Program must participate in a planned series of field experiences as an integral part of their training. Field experiences begin with the first education course and culminate with student teaching. This enables pre-service teachers to receive guidance and feedback as they apply educational theory and practice in school settings in a timely fashion. Opportunities to gain first-hand experience are provided throughout the program through courses held at partnership schools, Saturday student workshops, and CCSD arranged field work placements.

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