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.

The deadline to submit an application to be admitted into either the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or M.Ed. in School Counseling programs has been extended to 5 P.M. February 12, 2014. For more information regarding the two programs, visit their respective program web pages:

Individuals interested in applying should first read over the admissions requirements listed on the respective programs pages before applying through the UNLV Graduate College's AY System.

Applications due by February 14, 2014
Exam Date: Friday, March 28, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

* Deadlines will be strictly enforced. *

Graduate Comprehensive Exam Study Guides are available for download from the departmental site. Files are organized by individual courses and by program. All guides are available in PDF format.

Attention counseling students: The CED Program Spring 2014 comprehensive exam will take place on February 22, 8 am - 12 pm. The deadline for applying to take the exam was January 20, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact the Department at 702-895-3205.

Counselor Education Spring 2014 Admissions Interviews

The Counselor Education Program Spring 2014 admission interviews will take place on February 28, beginning at 9 am in the Carlson Education Building. Spring 2014 applicants will be invited to the face-to-face interview if they meet the CED Program application criteria. Further instructions will sent along with the invitation to the interview.

As you know there are several forms that need to be completed in the CED program. All of these forms can be accessed for your program of study on the ECS forms website. Here is a list for you to complete:

As you may recall, you were informed of this information during the CED New Student Orientation, and it is spelled out clearly in the CED Student Handbook on page #2 as follows: "It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with the contents herein and to meet all requirements and deadlines (See the Affidavit of Commitment)."

As the CED Program Coordinator for this academic term, I want you all to have completed these forms and be successful in completing the requirements of your program of study. Should you need any assistance, please contact your advisor. You may also contact me at any time. I'm available every day by appointment or email:

UNLV will host the Spring 2014 National Counselor Examination (NCE) on April 12, 2014. Applications are available in the Department main office (CEB 118). The due date for returning the application is December 13, 2013. Please visit the NCE website if you have questions about the NCE exam.

In May 2013, the Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) passed a motion to recommend that all fully admitted graduate and professional students taking 9 credits or more per semester, and all graduate assistants, must have health insurance coverage either through UNLV or their own carrier. In June 2013, the NSHE Board of Regents supported and approved this proposal. As a result, the mandatory hard waiver student health insurance policy is in effect immediately for the Fall 2013 semester.

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Effective Spring 2012, the College of Education will no longer require EDU 210-Nevada School Law as a program requirement. HOWEVER, the Nevada Department of Education DOES require Nevada School Law for licensure. Students will now have the OPTION to either take EDU 210 (2cr), which we expect will continue to be offered for elective credits, or take the equivalent test-out exam. Information about this exam can be found at For those students on a non-licensure program, this requirement is no longer necessary. You may still enroll in EDU 210 for elective credits.

**Please keep in mind, should you take the test-out option instead of EDU 210, you may need to make up those 2 credits with electives to reach 124.**

If you have any questions, please contact the College of Education Advising & Field Placement Center at 702-895-1537, or stop by CEB 221.