Special Education Generalist Alternative Route to Licensure

The purpose of this special education generalist program is to prepare students to instruct learners with disabilities in the K-12 system. Courses for this program meet the Nevada Department of Education requirements for a teaching license. This Nevada special education program is an alternative route to licensure that is based on the premise that meeting the special instructional needs of students in today’s schools requires knowledge of a wide array of teaching strategies, as no one strategy can meet the needs of every special needs student. The program is designed to present a variety of research validated methods, techniques, and opportunities to develop knowledge and skills to create and implement instructional programs that will positively impact the learning of K-12 students with special needs across developmental domains.

Masters of Science in Special Education Option

All course work in this program may be transferred into the Masters of Science in Special Education.

Application for Alternative route to Licensure:

In order to be admitted to the program a candidate will need to hold a bachelor’s degree, and have passed the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. Candidates must also complete the National University Application for admission into the University. All candidates must be fingerprinted. Each Candidate will have an interview with a faculty member to discuss their interest in the ARL program as well as their background knowledge of schools. All candidates will attend an ARL orientation meeting.

All ARL participants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 2.5 or 2.75 for the last 60 semester units
  2. Prior to being admitted to the program pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills Exam
  3. Apply to National University Sanford College of Education
  4. Meet with a faculty member for an interview
  5. Fingerprinted
  6. Attend an orientation session

After completing the Praxis Core Exam and Praxis Elementary Education Instruction in Practice and Application candidates will be recommended for the ARL Conditional License. Candidates will then be assigned a university support provider. Candidates will also then complete the additional course work that is listed below.

Exit Requirements:

The candidate must complete the requirements for the conditional license and are then eligible for employment while working on completing all of the requirements for the program. Candidates need to remain in good standing with the employer and National University throughout the program. This is a non- degree program and is comprised of courses required for Nevada Special Education Generalist Licensure.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the implications of characteristics of students with M/M disabilities and autism for service delivery such as placement decisions, IEP development, and instruction.
  • Evaluate a variety of appropriate assessments procedures and communicate results in order to use evidence based strategies and the core curriculum in the development of IEP goals and instructional plans for students with M/M disabilities and autism.
  • Maintain appropriate educational environments and positive behavioral support to include the school-wide behavior support process for students with M/M disabilities and autism.
  • Implement effective methods for teaching reading, speaking, listening, written language, and mathematics to ensure access to the general education curriculum across instructional settings for students with M/M disabilities and autism.
  • Exhibit collaborative case management to coordinate the IEP process and address the legal and instructional requirements based on the individual needs of the student with M/M disabilities and autism.


(10 courses; 45 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Prerequisites are waived for the Nevada ARL programs only