School of Education Mission & Vision | Nevada State College

School of Education Mission & Vision

Our Mission

The Mission of the Nevada State College School of Education is to prepare educators and speech language pathologists to support children, youth, and adults by utilizing evidence-based approaches and providing high quality field and clinical experiences. We are committed to promoting:

  • Creative, critical, reflective, responsive, and collaborative professionals
  • High quality research and evidence-based practices
  • Cultural, linguistic, physical, and cognitive diversity
  • Justice, equity, and inclusivity
  • Partnerships with families, PK-12, higher education, and the community
  • Civic engagement and advocacy

Our Vision

Nevada State College School of Education prepares professionals to advance justice and equity through improving the education and well-being of young children, adolescents, and adults towards supporting a diverse and inclusive society.


What an exciting time for the Nevada State College School of Education! In the finest tradition of NSC (which challenges our campus to BE BOLD, BE GREAT, and BE STATE), our School of Education has gone “all in” for helping to locally grow more of Nevada’s PK-12 teachers and speech-language pathologists.

Our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan reflects our continued commitment to building robust undergraduate and graduate level curricula offerings for students, developing a cohesive organizational culture for our faculty/staff, and forging innovative partnerships. With the current construction of the new Glenn and Ande Christenson School of Education, we are poised to rapidly expand various aspects of School of Education activities.

Our new Speech Language Clinic and Early Childhood Education Center will provide critical resources for the local community. Additionally, with the only Master’s program in Speech Language Pathology in southern Nevada, we are excited by the prospect of continuing to continue to build and grow the program.

This plan encompasses a multitude of areas. For example, we outline strategies for creating seamless articulation agreements that will make it possible for graduates of two-year preparatory programs throughout our State (CSN, WNC, and TMCC) to complete affordable and accessible four-year teaching degrees via face-to-face or distance-based coursework.

Similarly, we provide directives that serve as evidence of our long-standing commitment to work in collaboration with school districts throughout the State as well as in the Clark County School District. Over the next five years, we will activate our commitment to serving as partner and coursework provider for CCSD’s alternative route to licensure program (ALTA). Another prominent component of NSC’s planned future is the continued expansion of our Teacher Academy Pipeline Project (TAPP) so that it is inclusive of even more high schools. As is known by many, our TAPP program is a large-scale initiative that provides high school students with an accelerated pathway to a college degree and to their first PK-12 teaching position!

Finally, as we launch several new degree programs such as our Early Inclusive Childhood Bachelor’s degree program, we also continue to elevate the quality of our elementary, special education, bilingual education and secondary education programs that prepare graduates for successfully working in 21st century classrooms. We urge you to review our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan and, in the process, discover why NSC is the 2nd fastest growing college in the United States. Our new Strategic Plan also outlines our broad plans for serving our highly unique student body – one which, through the efforts of those who have gone before us, is now one of the most diverse campuses within the United States! Go Scorpions!

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Dennis Pothoff

Dean, School of Education

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