At Nevada State College, students who declare a "Pre-Education" course of study, with the intention to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Science in one of our Education degrees are admitted to NSC as a pre-major in their relevant degree path. For example, students who want to pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education are admitted as Pre-Elementary Education majors. These majors allow students to pursue courses required for their degree, while simultaneously working on all pre-requisites needed to apply for the Teacher Preparation Program and transition into the full degree. This page is designed to provide you all the information you may need as you begin your undergraduate pursuit of a career in Education. For the most up-to-date information, we already recommend speaking with the School of Education or visiting their homepage here.
If you are interested in teaching younger children in an elementary setting, the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is the degree for you! This degree prepares you for licensure to teach grades K-8 in the state of Nevada. Additionally, you can add on the Special Education Concentration. By adding this concentration, you will be prepared for licensure to teach grades K-8, as well as, for the General Resource Room Endorsement for grades K-12.
If you are interested in teaching at the middle school or high school level, the Bachelor of Arts or Sciences in Secondary Education is the degree for you! This degree requires you to select the concentration you would like to teach out of the following five options: Biology, English, History, Mathematics, or Physical Sciences. If you choose Biology, Mathematics, or Physical Sciences, you are earning a Bachelor of Science degree. If you choose English or History, you are earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. Each of these degrees prepare you for licensure to teach grades 7-12 in your respective area of study within the state of Nevada.
Additionally, if you are interested in taking courses to help you achieve an endorsement in technology, you can add on the Educational Technology minor. There are other endorsements available and related coursework to help you reach those endorsements, but they do not correlate to a specific degree or minor. For more information on these, please contact your Advisor or the School of Education. Please find detailed degree sheets for each of these degree, concentration, and minor options on our Degrees page.
Most students can complete an education degree in four years if taking all pre-requisite courses in order and taking an average of 15 credits per semester. Some concentrations in the Secondary Education degree and the Special Education concentration may require some summer coursework or an additional semester. Depending on your entering Math and English placement, which courses you choose in the Core Curriculum, and how quickly you pass the Praxis Core or CBEST exam (information on these exams below) will all determine the likelihood of being able to graduate in four years.
If you have transfer credits from any other institutions the only way to know how many of the credits will transfer into your degree program is to apply to NSC and have your official transcripts sent to us. The time frame for application processing is typically 4 - 6 weeks. This time frame starts when we have received all of your official transcripts from all of your previous schools. Once you have been accepted into the school you will be able to sit down with a Pre-Education Advisor to review your transfer credits and your path to application to the Teacher Preparation Program. Once you have applied and requested your transcripts you are welcome to call our Admissions & Recruitment Office to determine if we have received your transcripts. (702)992-2170
To get a general idea of what courses are likely to transfer into NSC feel free to use our Transfer Equivalency Database.
The majority of schools that we will accept credits from are listed on here. Search the school you are transferring credits from and then enter the course designation from your transcript - for example ENG 112. This will show you how that class transferred to NSC in the past. Using this in tandem with the attached degree sheet for your major will allow you to perform your own unofficial credit evaluation and get an idea of what coursework will be likely to transfer into the degree. If a specific course or school is not listed on the database this simply means that no one has previously attempted to transfer credits from that school or that particular course. It does not mean that NSC will not accept these credits. All information provided on the Transfer Equivalency Database is unofficial.
If you are currently attending an institution other than NSC, we have several Transfer Coordinators available to speak with you about the transfer process. Appointments can be made by following this link.You can also contact the Office of Admissions at (702)992-2170.
All Pre-Education students, regardless of concentration, will need to meet the below requirements before applying for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program. Once admitted, you will no longer be a “pre” major, but will be a full “Elementary Education” or “Secondary Education” major. You will also receive a Faculty Advisor who will guide you on your remaining coursework, requirements, student-teaching, and licensure paths at this time.
Requirements for program admission:
The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test measures basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. It is designed to assess the academic skills necessary for the field of education. 39 out of the 50 states in the U.S. use the Praxis Core exam as a requirement in their teacher education programs.
The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) also measures basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. It is also designed to assess the academic skills necessary for the field of education. 3 out of the 50 states in the U.S. accept the CBEST exam for meeting licensure (California, Oregon, and Nevada).
A Pre-Education or Pre-Speech Pathology major who has completed ENG 102, MATH 120, and the Praxis Core Literacy and Math Lab courses is encouraged to take the Praxis Core (or CBEST) exam. If the pre-major has not completed the Praxis Core/CBEST upon the completion of 60 credits, a hold will be placed upon their enrollment status. The pre-major student will be required to meet with their academic advisor. The student will be required to either complete the examination or petition with the Academic Advising Center for a 30 credit extension. If the 30 credit extension is approved, at the completion of 90 credits, the pre-major student will be restricted from taking any additional courses until the Praxis Core/CBEST is completed and/or the student changes their declared major. Two exceptions to the 60 credit hour rule are noted:To meet the requirements for admission into the Teacher Preparation Program, Pre-Education students must pass one of these exams. Please note the differences in scoring, cost, test structure, and websites below.
Yes! Please download the attached brochure below. This lists all the free resources you have access to as an NSC student. Additionally, your major likely requires EDU 163 and EDU 164. These are one credit lab classes that prepare you for the Reading/Writing (EDU 163) and Math (EDU 164) components of the Praxis Core exam.