The M.Ed. in early childhood education is designed to provide a comprehensive contemporary program of teacher preparation and education for early childhood settings (e.g., day care, preschool education, hospitals, community education, early intervention programs, agencies, infant/toddler education and prek-2nd grade). The M.Ed. in ECE will provide coursework that is in line with the Nevada Department of Education NDE Birth - 2nd grade teaching license (In addition, the program provides course work beyond and above the requirements of the State of Nevada's Licensure requirements). Students will learn about the typically developing children and children with special needs and participate in field work. The program has two tracks, birth through 3 years and birth through 8 years. In the Early Childhood Education Program, students gain knowledge and skills for a variety of careers in educational and intervention programs for young children.
Application forms and fees, official transcripts, and test results are submitted to the Graduate College. A one page (350 to 400 words) letter of intent that includes (1) the special education or early childhood education area of concentration you are interested in, (2) your professional and academic goals, and (3) a discussion of your experience relative to the program. Please upload this letter when you apply on-line through the Graduate College Apply Yourself application system.
Assistantship applications are submitted to the department. International students should check with the Graduate College for current deadlines and procedures.
Admission to Master's degree programs in special education requires a minimum grade point average of 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a 3.00 for the last two years of undergraduate work. Admission to a Master's degree program in special education requires that students with a GPA of less than 2.75 be admitted to the graduate program with provisional status. Applicants are evaluated on scholastic record, professional accomplishments, and potential for advanced studies.
Currently, students may be admitted during any semester.
Graduate College Admission Requirements
A number of specific program options are available to students pursuing a graduate degree.
A complete listing of forms is also available on the Graduate College Forms page.
Graduate Assistantships, Barrick Fellowships, and Alumni Scholarships are a few of the types of assistance available through the Graduate College. Please contact the Graduate College for additional information at 702-895-3320.
Information on grants, loans, and employment opportunities may be obtained from Student Financial Services at 702-895-3424, or toll free at 1-800-344-UNLV. Information on Graduate Assistantships may be obtained from the department at 702-895-3205.
Graduate Assistantships and Part-time Teaching Instructor Graduate Assistantships (teaching assistants) are available for students working toward a master's, education specialist, or doctoral degree. The applications are available through the Graduate College.
Graduate assistantships provide a monthly stipend and tuition/fee waiver. Applications and all supporting materials must be sent to the Graduate College no later than March 31st , preceding the fall semester in which an assistantship is sought. On rare occasions, assistantships may be available for the spring semester. In such cases, the application deadline is November 1.
The Department offers numerous Graduate Assistantships. Graduate assistants work to support faculty in research endeavors, as well as other duties. Teaching assistants teach courses for the department.
The M.Ed. degree also requires at least 36 semester credit hours. Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours with the ESP prefix, EPY 702 and:
The Culminating Activity you will particpate in is determined by your Admission Date to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education degree program:
Dr. Joseph Morgan
Room: CEB 125