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Nevada System of Higher Education

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) (formerly the University and Community College System of Nevada "UCCSN") was formed in 1968 to oversee all state-supported higher education in Nevada. 
   
Click on the links below to learn about the various higher education options available in Early Childhood Education.

  
University of Nevada - Las Vegas

College of Southern Nevada 

University of Nevada - Reno

Truckee Meadows Community College 

Western Nevada College 

Great Basin College 

 

Academic Terms:  

  • Higher Education  

Education provided by universities, vocational universities (community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and technical colleges, etc.) and other collegial institutions that award academic degrees. 

  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)  

Focuses on job-specific skills. A Certificate of Achievement is typically half the credits of an Associates degree.  With this certificate, students typically take very limited general education courses (maybe only English and math).  Later, if a student wants, they can go on to get an AAS degree. 

  • Associate of Arts (AA)  

The Associate of Arts degree is designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree. With an Associate of Arts degree, students are qualified to transfer to a four-year college or university with junior standing. 

  • Associate of Science (AS)  

The Associate of Science degree is designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university to complete a Bachelor of Science degree. The Associate of Science degree provides the math and science background students need to transfer to a four-year college or university with junior standing. 

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) 

An Associate of Applied Science (AAS), generally attainable in two years, is considered a "terminal" degree.  In other words, it is a degree someone might get if  they have no intention of continuing on to get a Bachelor's Degree.  (Not all the credits will transfer into a Bachelor's degree program.)  It is also considered "vocational", meaning that at the end of this degree a person will be ready for their chosen career, with no further degree necessary.    

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)/Bachelor of Science (BS)

A Bachelor's Degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases, five or six years. 

  • Master of Arts (MA)/Master of Science (MS)

A Master's degree is a postgraduate academic degree awarded after the completion of a program of one to three years in duration. This acknowledgment comprises about 4-6 years of university study in total. 

  • Postgraduate Education 

Often known as graduate education, involves studying for degrees or other qualifications for which a first or Bachelor's degree is required, and is normally considered to be part of tertiary or higher education. In North America this level is generally referred to as graduate school. 

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

An advanced academic degree.


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