The M.Ed. program is designed to meet the needs of persons who hold a baccalaureate degree and wish to earn a master's degree in special education or early childhood education, with or without licensure. Students are expected to develop a plan of study that is most relevant to their educational purposes. Students seeking a license to teach should be aware that certification or endorsement requirements might limit their choices. A number of specific focus areas are available and can lead to the following Nevada Department of Education endorsements: Autism, Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, Generalist-Mild Disabilities, Gifted and Talented, Intellectual Disabilities, Teaching English as a Second Language; or other professional areas, such as Applied Behavioral Analysis.
All graduate students are held responsible for the requirements and academic policies established by the Graduate College and outlined in the front of the graduate catalog. In addition, the Department of Educational & Clinical Studies has established requirements for each of its degree offerings. While these requirements may be obtained from an academic advisor, they are briefly outlined here.
All master's degree programs require a minimum of 36 semester hours of approved studies and an overall minimum GPA of 3.00 in all courses counted toward the degree. Six of these semester hours are in research (3) and multicultural perspectives (3).
Master's degrees must be completed within a six-year period, and continuous enrollment must be maintained throughout the six years, unless a formal request for a leave of absence is approved by the department and Graduate College.
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