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New Student FAQ

What majors are offered through the College of Education?

  • Integrated Elementary Teaching Program (IETP) is a Bachelor of Science degree for Kindergarten through 8th grade, focusing on all subject areas. Students will also choose one endorsement area of either Early Childhood Education (ECE), Special Education (SPE) or English Language Acquisition & Development (ELAD).
  • Secondary Education can either be a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts for 7th through 12th grade. Students will choose a teaching major from a variety of options. Please visit the University's course catalog to view the many degrees we offer.
  • Nevada Teach (NVTC) is a Bachelor of Science degree for 7th through 12th grade. NVTC allows any student interested in teaching a math or science to gain a dual degree. Please visit the NevadaTeach website for program offerings.
  • Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) is a non-teaching licensure program for those who do not want to become a teacher in a more traditional sense, yet want to work with children, adolescents, and families. There are a multitude of options for use of this degree in a variety of fields including, but not limited to, social services, non-profits, family law and juvenile justice, and other education settings.

What if I'm not certain that I want to be a teacher?

Deciding to be a teacher or human development and family studies professional is an important decision. Many students who desire to be a teacher may be unsure of who or what they want to teach, because of this you may begin as a pre-education major. This will allow you to explore some classes for a semester or two before deciding on your teaching path. Our Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) program is also a good alternative if you do not want to be a licensed teacher as this allows students to work with individuals or families in other capacities. If after talking to your academic advisor and taking some classes you are still unsure, we recommend you visit with the Undecided and Exploratory Advising Center for assistance.

How do college classes differ from high school classes?

College classes differ in several ways. Most classes are not daily and you will have classes in several different buildings. College classes last only one semester, and may be worth anywhere from 1-5 credits or "credit hours." The number of credits for a class depends on how many hours per week that you will meet for that class. If a class is worth three credits, for example, you will meet three hours per week for that class. Be aware: you will then be expected to spend two hours preparing for each hour in class. That's how 15 credit hours of courses is considered a full load - you should be scheduling 30 more hours for homework or a total of at least 45 hours per week on school!

What classes should I take?

Your first semester as a new freshman, you will be enrolled in classes based on your ACT/SAT test scores, AP/IB credits, and any other transfer credits you may have received, and the degree requirements for the program you are declared when you apply to the university. For your second semester, you will have an advising hold, requiring you to meet with your academic advisor who will assist you in determining the classes you need to take.

How many credits should I take?

You will need to take at least 15 credits per semester in order to graduate in four years. You will want to talk to the financial aid department about any financial aid or scholarship requirements. Regular contact and ongoing discussion with your academic advisor will help you to make adjustments if necessary. Keep in mind, the College of Education offers a variety of classes during Wintermester and Summer Session. Please meet with your academic advisor if you are interested in learning more about these opportunities.

How do I register for classes?

Your first semester you will be automatically enrolled in classes. During orientation, you will learn how to add classes to your planner and shopping cart through your MyNEVADA account. Your academic advisor will show you where you can find tutorials and other guides to help you register. A great resource is always the University's MyNevada Help page, you can find many tutorials to help you navigate the system.

Are there classes that I am not allowed to take?

Some classes will require placement tests (English and Math) and others have pre-requisites that need to be met before taking the class. Your academic advisor will help you determine which classes you can enroll in for your major.

What's the difference between the class schedule and the course catalog?

The class schedule contains meeting times and deadlines for only one semester. The course catalog, which is a much more detailed, contains information about every class and degree offered at the University of Nevada, Reno.

What should I do if I'm transferring in credits?

Official records of AP/IB exams and/or transcripts from other colleges should be sent to Admissions and Records. For transfer students, meeting with an academic advisor in the College of Education is required. All College of Education transfer students have an academic hold on their accounts until they meet with an academic advisor. Depending on where you are transferring credit from, some courses will require a syllabus to determine whether the course is acceptable. Schedule an appointment with an academic advisor and be prepared to bring your transcripts with you if you have not previously submitted an official copy to Admissions and Records.

Is applying for the Teacher Education Program different than applying for the university?

Yes! When you apply to the University of Nevada, Reno, you will enroll as a pre-education major. Once you have completed most, if not all, of your pre-education classes you will apply for the Teacher Education Program through the College of Education. We strongly recommend working closely with your academic advisor in the College of Education to ensure you are on track with your desired goal. Your academic advisor will talk to you about the right time to apply as well as the other requirements necessary for the program.

How do I make an appointment with an academic advisor in the College of Education?

Making an appointment to meet with an academic advisor is an important first step! Go to the College of Education Advisement Center website. From there, choose the picture on the left: "Schedule an Appointment". Follow the directions to make your advising appointment.

Where do I find the Teacher Education Application?

Visit the College of Education Advising Resources website. Under "IETP and Secondary" you will find the Teacher Education Application. The application should be printed and returned to the College of Education Advising Center will all other documentation required. Teacher Education Application deadline is always March 1st and October 1st of every semester.

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