Educational Psychology at UNLV is a program with national renown. A recent publication ranked our faculty as the third highest among all programs in the discipline in scholarly productivity and second among all programs in the number of faculty serving as editors or editorial board members on top-ranked educational psychology journals. There are three degrees offered in the educational psychology program: M.S., Ph.D. with specialization strands corresponding to areas of faculty expertise, and a Ph.D. in Learning and Technology. A dual Ph.D./J.D. degree is available in combination with the Boyd School of Law.
Our degree programs prepare independent scholars for faculty positions in colleges & universities, and research and assessment positions in all educational settings and in the private sector. We provide the courses in research methodology, statistics, measurement, cognition, and development that support programs throughout the college and university.
School Psychology is an integral part of the Educational Psychology program at UNLV. Our students receive an M.S. in Educational Psychology after completing the first year of the school psychology specialist level program and can continue with studies at specialist (Ed.S.) and doctoral levels. Our Ed.S. degree, the only school psychology program in Nevada accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists, enables the graduate to practice as a school psychologist in Nevada, and provides preparation for national certification.
The Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with specialization in School Psychology extends our specialist level program to doctoral studies preparing clinical scientists to bridge the gap between practice and research in academic careers and for general practice as a behavioral health service provider in private practice or agency settings.
With the recent reorganization of the College of Education, the Higher Education graduate degree programs are now housed within the Department of Educational Psychology & Higher Education. The Higher Education program faculty include Dr. Vicki Rosser, Dr. Mario Martinez, Dr. Doris L. Watson, & Dr. Nancy Lough.
The Higher Education program offers both a Master's of Education and a Doctorate of Philosophy. Our programs prepare individuals for leadership roles in a variety of postsecondary education settings. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree prepares students for entry-level and mid-management level positions at public and private post-secondary institutions. The Ph.D. program in Higher Education is a rigorous, innovative combination of courses and practical experience, preparing individuals for leadership positions in higher education administration and policy analysis.
The program is distinguished by emphasis on integrating practical managerial skills with a broad understanding of issues across the field of higher and postsecondary education. Our graduates hold positions as provosts, vice presidents, associate deans, university counsel members, athletic directors, institutional researchers, and policy analysts.