Pre-Education at NSC - Nevada State College

Pre-Education at NSC

So You Want To Be A Teacher?

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.

WHAT PATHS ARE INCLUDED IN EDUCATION?

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.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO EARN A DEGREE IN EDUCATION?

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.

What if I Have Transfer Credits For Education?

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 I Am Interested In Transferring, What's Next?

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.

What Are The Requirements For Admission To The Teacher Preparation Program?

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:

 

What Is The Praxis Core (Or CBEST) Exam?

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).

When Should I Take The Test?

A Pre-Education or Pre-Speech Pathology major who has completed ENG 102MATH 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:  

  1. Pre-majors who have declared a second major/degree. The cap would then be increased to match the required credits required for the additional declared major/degree.
  2. A pre-major who has added a minor to their declared pre-education major. The cap would then be increased to match the credits required for the additional declared minor. A student who adds additional minors beyond the first declared minor will not receive an additional credit hour extension.
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.

Praxis Core

Scoring: The following scores are considered passing for each of the three subtests: You must meet these minimum scores to pass.  If you do not meet the minimum score in any given area, you will need to retake that subtest (you do not need to retake the entire exam if you pass a section or two sections).

Cost: Praxis Core exams are only offered as computer-based tests.  They can be taken year round and are offered by appointment at centralized testing centers.  It can be taken as three separate tests on separate days ($90 each) or as one combined test ($150).  Fees are subject to change, check the ETS website for updates.

Time and Structure: Maximum test length is 5 hours.

Reading Section: 56 questions – 85 minutes

Math Section: 56 questions – 85 minutes (You will not be able to bring in your own calculator.  You will be provided an online calculator at the testing center).

Writing Sections (2 parts):   Registration: For more information and to register for the exam, please visit www.ets.org/praxis

CBEST

Scoring: The following scores are considered passing for each of the three subtests and the overall exam: *The scores for each of the three sections range from 20 to 80.  The minimum passing score in any section is 37, as long as the total score also reaches 123.  Scoring the minimum in each section will not provide a passing score (37 in each area provides a total of 111).

Cost: CBEST exams are offered as computer-based or paper-based tests.  They can be taken year round and are offered by appointment at centralized testing centers.  CBEST is taken as one combined test.  If taken separately, the fee is the same as if taken as a combined test ($102 each subtest computer-based).  The combined test (all three subtests in one session) costs $102 computer-based or $41 paper-based.  Fees are subject to change, check the CTC website for updates.

Time and Structure: Maximum test length is 4 hours.

Reading Section: 50 questions

Math Section: 50 questions (You will not be able to bring in your own calculator and you will not be provided one.  This Math exam is completed calculator-less).

Writing Sections: 2 essays

There are no time limits for each individual subtest, the 4 hours is your time to choose how long you will spend on each section.

Registration: For more information and to register for the exam, please visit http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com

Are There Any Resources Available To Help Me Pass The Praxis Core (Or CBEST) Exam?

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.  

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