Alternative Route To Licensure Elementary

The Alternative Route To Licensure Program provides a pathway to a Nevada Elementary license for candidates who hold a Bachelor's Degree and have an offer of employment with a Nevada School District.

Masters of Education with Nevada Elementary Licensure:

All course work in this program may be transferred into the Masters of Education with Nevada Elementary Licensure.

Application for Alternative route to Licensure:

Candidates must complete TED 621A Language Development Methods and TED 626 Classroom Management before beginning to teach in a classroom as an ARL. These two courses provide the candidates with both field experiences and pedagogy to be able to manage a classroom and meet the needs of diverse learners.

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 and TED 621A and TED 626 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 Elementary Licensure.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate knowledge and abilities in designing and implementing developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences that respect cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical differences.
  • Integrate knowledge and abilities in establishing and maintaining inclusive learning environments enabling all learners to meet high standards while recognizing individual and cultural differences.
  • Integrate the discipline(s)’ central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures to create learning experiences accessible and meaningful for learners in mastering the content.
  • Integrate knowledge and abilities in establishing and maintaining learning environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  • Integrate concepts and differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  • Integrate knowledge and abilities in designing and using multiple methods of assessment that learners use to monitor their own growth and decision-making as well as guide the teacher is instructional planning.
  • Integrate knowledge of learners and the community context in planning instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals of content areas.
  • Integrate knowledge and abilities in using a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
  • Integrate knowledge and abilities in ongoing professional learning by using evidence to evaluate the influences of professional practices, choices, and actions on learners, families, other professionals, and the community.
  • Seek appropriate leadership roles and opportunities by collaborating with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and advancement in the profession.


(9 courses; 42 quarter units)
There are two courses (TED 621A and TED 626) required for the conditional Nevada License. After completing these courses and passing the Praxis Academic Core Skills the candidate may apply for a conditional license. The rest of the sequence is completed to apply for the initial teaching license.
Core Requisite(s):
Prerequisites are waived for the Nevada ARL programs only.