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 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!!!

According to the program policy of the Counseling Program at UNLV, any student graduating in the spring or summer of 2015 must complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Please review the CED Comprehensive Exam Process. Students taking the exam are required to notify their advisor. It is highly recommended that the program coordinator be notified as well. If students have not received official confirmation from the program coordinator, they will NOT be permitted to participate in the examination process. Official notification will be made around February 7th-8th.

The exam is currently scheduled from 9-1 on Saturday, March 7th. You will need to provide a cashier’s check or money order for $50 payable to CCE. The fee will be collected on the day of testing.

Attention counselor education master students:

  • The CPCE Examination is scheduled for Saturday, March 7th from 9am-1pm
  • The NBCC Examination is scheduled for Saturday, April 18th

Application Due Date: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. **strictly enforced**. Applications are available in PDF format.
Exam Date: Friday, March 20, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. - 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.

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.

For more information visit: http://graduatecollege.unlv.edu/current/insurance-waiver.html

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 http://www.unr.edu/educ/el/nvlaw/. 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.