May 20, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 

College of Education

The College of Education is committed to creating an intellectual environment that promotes quality campus and technology-based instruction, significant research and external funding, and professional service. Our mission is to achieve prominence locally, nationally, and internationally as a leading source of significant knowledge and innovative models to inform and affect policy, practice, and research. Particular attention is focused on preparing professionals for diverse educational and clinical settings and on contributing to educational and pedagogical knowledge through scholarly endeavors. Furthermore, the College of Education is committed to creating an inclusive learning environment that values and promotes diversity. Collaboration amongstudents, faculty, other professionals, and community members is essential to being a premier college of education.

The College of Education provides dynamic graduate programs that engage students in field-based practice and research, offering students an exciting opportunity to study at a nationally recognized university situated within one of the fastest growing cities and school districts in the country.  In addition to completing research through coursework and program benchmarks, students can engage in research through funded graduate assistantships and as student volunteers, working with faculty on grants and research projects or working with the outstanding COE Centers, Labs, and Offices that conduct community-based and applied scholarship.

The College of Education offers graduate programs in school psychology, mental health counseling, teacher education, curriculum and instruction, higher education, educational psychology, educational policy and leadership, English language learning, special education, and early childhood education. Graduate programs in the College of Education include master, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees as well as post-baccalaureate programs for initial teacher licensure and additional endorsement to licensure. These programs are available in four departments: Department of Counselor Education, School Psychology, and Human Services; Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special

Education; Department of Educational Psychology & Higher Education; and Department of Teaching & Learning. The College of Education has an outstanding graduate faculty who are internationally and nationally recognized for their scholarship and leadership in their respective disciplines.

The College of Education is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), which is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed. The COE is also accredited by the State of Nevada and the National Association of School Psychologists.

Danica G. Hays, Ph.D., Dean

Gwen Marchand, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Research and Sponsored Projects

Maria Roberts, Ed.D., Associate Dean of Academic and Professional Programs

Jeff Shih, Ph.D., Interim Associate Dean of Student and Community Engagement



Counselor Education, School Psychology, and Human Services  

Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education  

Educational Psychology and Higher Education  

Teaching and Learning  

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