Jun 21, 2024  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

College of Education

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The mission of the College of Education is to prepare professionals for changing educational contexts. Graduate programs in the College of Education provide a variety of opportunities to prepare for continued professional practice, educational leadership, research, and scholarship in a wide arena of educational settings. Graduate programs in the College of Education include master, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees as well as postbaccalaureate programs for initial teacher licensure and additional endorsement to licensure. These programs are available in the departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership , Educational Psychology, Special Education, and sports Education Leadership. The College of Education has an outstanding graduate faculty who are nationally recognized for their scholarship and leadership in their respective disciplines.

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.

The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the State of Nevada.


William Speer, Interim Dean

  (1998), Professor; B.S., M.S., Ed.D., Northern Illinois University; Ph.D., Kent State University.

Doctoral Degrees in Education

The College of Education offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degrees. Doctor of Philosophy programs are designed to prepare individuals to become skilled researchers, university faculty, and leaders in school districts and community agencies.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) programs are designed to prepare candidates for a lifetime of professional service, effective practice, and the application of inquiry.

The following doctoral degrees are offered:
Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction
Ed.D in Educational Leadership
Ed.D in Special Education
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology
Ph.D. in Learning and Technology
Ph.D. in Special Education
Ph.D. in Sports Education and Leadership
Ph.D. in Teacher Education

All general academic regulations of the Graduate College apply to students in doctoral programs except for specific variations identified by department. In addition, individual departments may have supplementary doctoral program requirements and may limit program enrollment. Therefore, students are advised to contact their department of choice for additional information.

Admission Requirements

All general admission requirements of the Graduate College must be satisfied. Responsibility for establishing and applying supplemental admission requirements rests with each department. The Graduate College and the departments screen applications for admission. Upon recommendation of the department, the Graduate College gives the final approval of admission. Admission to each department program is limited and each department has established a deadline for completed applications. However, any approved courses taken after the application is filed may be used on the program of study if admission is accomplished. Please refer to departmental guidelines regarding this point. To apply for doctoral program admission, the applicant must:

  1. Hold a master’s degree from an accredited program in an area of study closely related to the chosen field of specialization;
  2. Present evidence of successful professional experience in a field related to the chosen field of specialization; and
  3. Meet all additional criteria and provide the necessary evidence of qualifications stipulated by the department in which admission is desired.

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Education degrees require a minimum of 60 to 72 semester hours beyond the master’s degree. Each department specifies how these semester hours are distributed. Students must maintain continuous enrollment of at least three hours each semester (except summers) throughout the program period.

Residency Requirements for Doctoral Programs

A minimum number of semester hours of credit must be earned at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus. Each department has specific requirements for the number of semester hours that constitute the residency requirement.

Course requirements and semester hours taken elsewhere (whether prior to or subsequent to admission) or course requirements taken at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas prior to admission may be utilized in meeting degree requirements at the discretion of each department. Acceptance of courses taken prior to admittance into the doctoral program are subject to the constraints noted in the general academic regulations of the Graduate College and the specific residence requirements of the doctoral program.

The Advisor and the Student’s Committee

At the time a student is admitted, the department must designate a temporary program advisor who is a graduate faculty member of the department. The Graduate College must approve the selection of the student’s committee when the student has completed a specific number of semester hours determined by the department and committee. The committee guidelines are as follows:

  1. The chair and/or co-chairs must be a member(s) of the doctoral faculty designated by the department. It may be the individual(s) who has served as the temporary chair(s).
  2. The committee must include at least two members of the doctoral faculty in the student’s department.
  3. A representative who is a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and who is from a department other than the student’s must serve on the student’s committee. The Dean of the Graduate College appoints this representative when the committee is formed.

The temporary program advisor is responsible for the guidance of the student in course selection and general advisement up to the time of appointment of the student’s committee. The chair/co-chairs of the student’s committee will have primary responsibility for developing, in consultation with the student, a program of study based on the stated requirements and tailored to meet the student’s degree objectives. The committee is responsible for conducting and evaluating the comprehensive and final examination and approving the dissertation topic.

The Program of Studies

When the student has completed the minimum number of semester hours specified by the committee, the program of studies must be filed with the Graduate College. Changes in the approved program require approval by the student, the student’s committee, and the Graduate College.

The Doctoral Core Requirement

Each doctoral student will be required to complete a core of studies, which is selected and approved by the student’s committee. The content of the core will include but not be limited to the following:

  1. Analysis and evaluation of major issues confronting American education that are of significance to all professional educators and/or historical, philosophical, or social foundations of American education.
  2. Research concepts and tools that are appropriate to the needs of the student as a consumer of research-based information, as a user of concepts and tools in the dissertation project and as an informed conductor of applied studies. At least six semester course credits are required to be taken by each doctoral student in research methods, interpretation, and/or application. Courses are to be selected by the student’s committee from an approved list of courses provided by the department.

The Qualifying Examination

Some departments require a qualifying examination as a part of the screening process for admission or for diagnostic purposes to be given shortly after admission. Students should consult the specific department for more information.

The Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination, both oral and written, must be conducted by the committee during the term in which all work on the program, except the dissertation, will be completed. The examination will be scheduled, announced, and conducted according to the procedures established by each department and the Graduate College. The comprehensive examinations must be completed successfully before the student is advanced to candidacy. Satisfactory performance on the examination requires unanimous approval of the Committee.

Advancement to Candidacy

The student will be advanced to candidacy upon successful completion of all course work and the passing of the comprehensive examination. Students may register for three dissertation credits before they have been formally advanced to candidacy. Advancement to candidacy must be approved unanimously by the committee, and it must be accomplished within four years of the student’s matriculation. The degree program must be completed within six years. If these contingencies are not met, the student will be separated from the Graduate College.


The dissertation topic will involve scholarly, practical consideration of some professional problem designed to contribute to the improvement of educational practice or the body of educational theory. The dissertation should be related to the student’s individual program of study, and it must be approved by the committee. The student is referred to department and Graduate College regulations governing the preparation and submission of the dissertation for all technical matters such as form, style, and deadlines for filing.

Final Examination

Following completion of the dissertation, an oral defense will be conducted by the committee. It will be scheduled, announced and conducted according to the procedures and deadlines noted by the department and the Graduate College. Satisfactory performance on the examination requires unanimous approval of the committee.

Application for Graduation

Formal application for graduation must be made according to the procedures noted by the Graduate College.

Master’s and Educational Specialist Degrees

Each department offers the Master of Education and/or Master of Science degree, and several departments also offer the Educational Specialist degree. Due to the unique nature
of these programs, each department provides information specific to these graduate degrees.

Licensure Programs

The College of Education provides programs to meet the needs of persons who hold the baccalaureate degree and who wish to be licensed in the State of Nevada. Graduate Licensure Programs are offered for persons who wish to pursue a license and/or a master’s degree while obtaining a license in administration or elementary, secondary, special or work force education. Individuals interested in graduate level licensure possibilities are encouraged to contact the appropriate department.

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