Department of Educational & Clinical Studies

UNLV/CSUN Preschool students

The Department of Educational and Clinical Studies is designed and dedicated to prepare professionals for specialized services in schools, community agencies, and higher education settings. Our undergraduate and graduate students participate in coursework and clinical experiences that contain a solid theoretical and practical knowledge base in the areas of research design and implementation, teaching, and the provision of mandated services at the community, state, and national level. The faculty produces new knowledge concerning critical educational and clinical issues through original research and scholarly inquiry. We promote and embrace the concept of cultural diversity and we affirm our commitment to the ethical standards of our respective disciplines. The department will maintain professional accreditation in Counseling, Early Childhood, English Language Learner Programs, and Special Education. Through external funding (national and state grants), the creation of sustainable research labs, and publication of our research in ranked scholarly journals, department faculty contribute to the scientifically based literature across all the professional areas represented in the department.

Students applying for May or August graduation of 2016 can now apply to take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Students must inform their advisor of their intent to take the exam by November 11th. The exam will be administered Saturday, January 23rd, from 8am to 12pm. The location for the examination will be announced the first week of January.

Any study materials for this exam can be accessed at the following link:

Exam Date: October 23, 2015 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

* Deadlines will be strictly enforced. *

Study Guides are available for download from the departmental site. The study guides are in PDF format.

EDSP 481 Students: There will be no scheduled orientation. Report to the first day of scheduled class.
EDSP 487/ECE 483 Students: Orientation will be on Monday, August 17 at 10:30 a.m. in CEB 133.
EDSP 491/ECE 491/ECE 780 Students: Orientation will be on Monday, August 17 at 9:00 a.m. in CEB 133.
ESP 737i Students: Orientation will take place on the first night of class.

The Nevada Disabilities Conference is a major, statewide event that will will provide a one stop platform for connecting to the resources, trainings, best practices and support for creating healthier lives for individuals with developmental disabilities, advocates, caregivers and families of children with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them including administrators, educators, and healthcare/service providers.

The last conference garnered almost 400 attendees who enjoyed two days of an outstanding program with several national Keynote presenters, and numerous vendors/resource tables.

Also the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities selected Reno/Sparks as their conference host city for 2015, and will combine with the Nevada Disabilities Conference, bringing national experts in the field of disability to our state.

Again, this is a great opportunity for families and individuals affected by disabilities or special health care needs, administrators, healthcare professionals, educators, students, caregivers, advocates, policymakers, service providers to learn about various possible topics of interest, such as: (a) advocacy; (b) Assistive Technology; (c) early intervention; (d) special education; (e) futures planning; (f) recreation; (g) health & dental care; (h) mental health; (i) building community; (j) family support; (k) service supports; (l) independent living; (m) inclusion; (n) transition; (o) self-determination; (p) respite and more.

This event provides a truly unique opportunity where people can attend educational breakout sessions relevant to their specific needs, interact with policymakers, network with others and learn about the wide range of services available in Nevada. Plan on it!!!