Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education

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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.


Admissions Information

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

  • Completed application for admission and fee. Incoming students please apply for admissions through the UNLV Graduate College Grad Rebel Gateway.
  • Set of official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities

Area of Emphasis

A number of specific program options are available to students pursuing a graduate degree.

Area of Emphasis PDF
Early Childhood Education Download PDF


Forms

Form Timeline
Proposed Masters & Specialist Degree Program Part 1 Before completing 16 hours OR by the 6th week of the semester of admission if 12+ hours (taken prior to admission) will be considered as part of the degree program. To be submitted with Master's Proposed Program Part 2 and Advisory Committee Form.
Proposed Masters & Specialist Degree Program Part 2 Before completing 16 hours OR by the 6th week of the semester of admission if 12+ hours (taken prior to admission) will be considered as part of the degree program. To be submitted with Master's Proposed Program Part 1 and Advisory Committee Form.
Advisory Committee Form To be submitted with Master's Proposed Program Parts 1 & 2.
Change in Degree Form for the College of Education If applicable, to change degree sought from an M.S. to an M.Ed. Must be submitted within the first month of the first term of admission.
Change Advisor/Committee Member Memo When advisor or committee member changes are needed.
Overload Authorization Form If applicable.
Student Teaching Application Applications due:
Spring: Apply by October 1
Summer: Apply by March 1
Fall: Apply by March 1
For fingerprinting, payment and other important information, visit the Office of Field Experiences website.
Comprehensive Exam Application & Instructions For students admitted prior to spring 2007 or summer 2009 and beyond. Comprehensive Exam applications are accepted each semester and are due to the department on the same day that graduation applications are due WITHOUT a late fee. Please see graduate college website for graduation application deadlines.
Master's Portfolio Application For students admitted spring 2007 through spring 2009. Portfolio applications are accepted each semester and are due to the department on the same day that graduation applications are due WITHOUT a late fee. Please see graduate college website for graduation application deadlines.
Portfolio Overview Guidelines for Master's Comprehensive Portfolio.
Prerequisite Waiver For students needing permission to have a prerequisite waived or permission to get into a full class.

A complete listing of forms is also available on the Graduate College Forms page.


Financial Aid

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

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.


Culminating Activity

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:

  • Pass a written Comprehensive Examination during the student's last semester of coursework or in the semester immediately following the student's last semester of coursework. Please see your advisor for further information on comprehensive exams. Applications for master's written comprehensive exams are available online: Comps App & Instructions.

OR

  • Complete and pass a comprehensive portfolio. The comprehensive portfolio must contain the primary assignments and grading rubrics from all courses on each student's program of study. It is each students' responsibility to collect and retain the assignments and graded rubrics at the end of each semester. Students must earn a "B" or better on the primary assignment in order for it to be included in the portfolio.

    In addition, the comprehensive portfolio must include a matrix of the appropriate CEC or NAEYC standards and a student generated checklist linking the primary assignment from each course to the appropriate standard. Further, the portfolio must include a table of contents and a 3 to 5 page reflection of the portfolio and content learned in coursework in the Department of Educational & Clinical Studies.

    The comprehensive portfolio must be completed and turned in for evaluation by each student to their academic advisor during the student's last semester of coursework or in the semester immediately following the student's last semester of coursework. Please see your advisor for further information on comprehensive portfolios. Applications for master's comprehensive portfolios are available online: Master's Comprehensive Portfolio Application Form (PDF).

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:

  • Students admitted prior to spring 2007 will complete master's comprehensive exams.
  • Students admitted spring 2007 through spring 2009 will complete master's comprehensive portfolios.
  • Students admitted summer 2009 and beyond will complete master's comprehensive exams.

Dr. Joseph Morgan
Program Coordinator
Email: joseph.morgan@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-3329