FAQs

For clarification or additional questions, please contact Dr. Robert J. Quinn (quinn@unr.edu).

I began taking classes at UNR or another Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institution before the fall of 2015. Will I be able to complete the secondary undergraduate program in science or math at UNR?

YES! Students who began taking classes at UNR or another Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institution before the fall 2015 semester will be able to complete the secondary education program in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, or general science at UNR. These students will have the option of switching to the revised secondary program in order to pursue a 120-credit program that includes EDUC 447, EDUC 408, and a nine-credit internship.

I began taking classes at UNR or another Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institution before the fall semester of 2015. Would I be able to switch into the NevadaTeach program?

Yes. Students who began classes at UNR or another NSHE institution before the fall semester of 2015 will have the option of transferring into NevadaTeach in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, or Biology (but not General Science) with the understanding that they would need to meet all requirements of the NevadaTeach program and they would not be able to graduate until the spring of 2018 at the earliest.

I am a transfer student to UNR from another Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institution seeking licensure to teach mathematics or science at the secondary level. Should I enter the NevadaTeach program or the undergraduate program in secondary education?

Transfer students from other NSHE institutions will be categorized based on when they began taking classes at their respective institutions. Any student who began taking classes prior to the fall of 2015 will be allowed to enter and complete the secondary education program in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, or general science. Any student who began their college education during the fall semester of 2015 or later will NOT be allowed to enter or complete the secondary education program in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, or general science. Such students should enter the NevadaTeach program, which will allow them to prepare for licensure in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, or Biology.

If I begin my college education during the fall semester of 2015, or later, will I be able to attain a State of Nevada license in Secondary General Science through a program at UNR?

A student who begins taking classes during the fall of 2015, or later, who wishes to attain a secondary general science endorsement through UNR must do so in conjunction with completing another state approved teaching major. If that major is mathematics, physics, chemistry, or biology, the student should enroll in and complete the NevadaTeach program. If that major is in any other content area (such as Health, English, Social Studies, etc.), the student should enroll in and complete the undergraduate program in secondary education.

If I complete the NevadaTeach program in Biology will I qualify for a State of Nevada endorsement in General Science?

Yes. Completion of the NevadaTeach program in Biology meets State of Nevada requirements for a teaching major in Biology AND a minor in general science. This will allow you to apply to the state for a teaching license in Biology with an endorsement to teach General Science.

If I complete the NevadaTeach program in Physics will I qualify for a State of Nevada endorsement in General Science?

No, but by taking a three-credit course in Biology, you will meet State of Nevada requirements for a teaching minor in General Science. This will allow you to apply to the state and add a General Science endorsement to your secondary Physics license.

If I complete the NevadaTeach program in Chemistry will I qualify for a State of Nevada endorsement in General Science?

No, but by taking a three-credit course in Biology, you will meet State of Nevada requirements for a teaching minor in General Science. This will allow you to apply to the state and add a General Science endorsement to your secondary Chemistry license.

Do the NevadaTeach Program and the Secondary Education Program require the same coursework for students in their selected content major (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, or Biology)?

No. The NevadaTeach Program and the Secondary Education Program require different content area coursework in the students selected major. Students should carefully review the content area major requirements for the program they are pursuing.

I already have an undergraduate degree but I have not completed a licensure program in secondary education. Is there a program at UNR that will allow me to become licensed to teach science or mathematics at the secondary level?

YES! The master's first-time licensure program in secondary education at UNR or the professional certificate in secondary education at UNR will meet your needs. Post-baccalaureate and graduate students will be able to prepare for licensure in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and General Science in these programs.