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The teacher education programs actively pursue significant contributions to the theories, research, and practice of K-12 teacher education. The Teacher Education Program prepares students to serve the urban public schools in Southern Nevada. The Masters and Alternative Route to Licensure programs provide opportunities for teacher candidates to learn to teach through the 21st Century UNLV/CCSD Partnership Schools and university courses. Faculty, teacher candidates, school mentors and UNLV site facilitators inquire new teacher education program models and explore promising pedagogy and curriculum to enhance teacher candidates' teacher learning and improve K-12 students' academic achievement. Currently we have 22 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 12 high schools.
The Ph.D. in Teacher Education is one of the few doctoral programs in the U.S. The programs prepare scholars of teacher education nationally and internationally. The programs ensure that the pursued scholarship connects research with practice and policy. The programs have graduated doctoral students working in school districts and universities as administrators or faculty as teacher educators in the U.S. and several other countries. The programs aim to enhance the UNLV's prominence internationally.