Purpose and Focus
The College of Education is committed to creating an intellectual environment that promotes quality instruction, significant research, and professional service. Particular attention is focused on preparing professionals for changing educational contexts and on contributing to educational and pedagogical knowledge through scholarly endeavors. The college provides leadership in both the art and the science of educational practice. Furthermore, the college is committed to creating an inclusive learning environment that values and promotes diversity. Collaboration among students, faculty, other professionals, and community members is essential to the college in achieving its goals. The college encourages those who show intellectual promise, social responsibility, and the personal qualities suitable for work with children and youth to prepare for professions in teaching and human services.
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Department of Counselor Education
Human Services — Bachelor of Science
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Elementary Education — Bachelor of Arts
Elementary Education — Bachelor of Science
Secondary Education — Bachelor of Arts
Secondary Education — Bachelor of Science
Department of Educational Leadership
Workforce Education — Bachelor of Science
Department of Educational Psychology
No Undergraduate Degrees Offered
Department of Special Education
Early Childhood Education — Bachelor of Science
Special Education — Bachelor of Arts
Special Education — Bachelor of Science
Department of Sports Education Leadership
Physical Education — Bachelor of Science
Undergraduate Degree Minors
Adapted Physical Education
Leadership and Civic Engagement
Problem Gambling Counseling
Graduate Degree Programs
Counselor Education — Master of Education, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology and School Counselor Education**
Curriculum and Instruction — Master of Education, Master of Science, Specialist in Education, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy,
Doctor of Philosophy in Teacher Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Learning and Technology**
Educational Leadership — Master of Education, Master of Science, Specialist in Education, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Psychology — Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology and School Counselor Educt*
Special Education — Master of Education, Master of Science, Specialist in Education, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy
Sports Education Leadership — Master of Education, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy
*Offered as a joint degree through CED and Educational Psychology. ** Offered as a joint degree through C&I & Educational Psychology
Admission to the College (Undergraduate Programs)
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Students with GPA of 2.75 can be admitted to the College of Education as pre-majors. Students are formally admitted to their major following completion of pre-major course and other program requirements with a minimum overall 2.75 GPA. Further information may be obtained from the College of Education Advising Center.
A minimum UNLV cumulative GPA of 2.75 must be maintained to continue in the College of Education. Individual departments may have higher GPA requirements.
Students whose cumulative UNLV GPA falls below 2.75 will be subject to academic discipline (college probation or college suspension). Further information may be obtained from the College of Education Advising Center.
All undergraduate students in programs leading to teacher licensure are required to take the PRAXIS II. Students must pass the appropriate PRAXIS II test(s) in order to have a “Completion of Approved Program” letter submitted to the Nevada State Department of Education. To ensure timely submission of the scores, students are strongly encouraged to take the test(s) one semester prior to student teaching. When completing the registration materials for the PRAXIS II, students must list UNLV (RA4861) and the Nevada State Department of Education (R8670) as score recipients. See an advisor in the College of Education Advising Center for more details.
Student teaching is a full-time, full-semester carefully supervised experience. Through written agreements, university and school authorities are committed to providing quality field experiences for prospective teachers. An international student teaching option affords students the opportunity to explore teaching from a multicultural perspective.
Student teaching applications must be filed one semester prior to student teaching by posted deadline. Applicants must meet all conditions specified by the appropriate academic department before they will be placed. Failure by the student teacher to meet any requirement may result in delay or cancellation of the supervised teaching assignment.
Any candidate for student teaching who has transferred to UNLV must fulfill all specific requirements and have completed at least 15 hours in residence, including nine credits in professional education courses. Additional courses as determined by the advisor or the department chair may be required of the student. Verify with departments for possible alternative degree requirements.
Please refer to College/Departmental Scholarships in the Student Financial Services section of this catalog.
Advising is provided by the College of Education Advising Center. Students are encouraged to seek advisement early in their academic programs to ensure efficient advancement through their program. All students are encouraged to see their advisors regularly; degree requirements and/or licensure requirements may change.
In addition to its traditional programs, the college provides programs intended to meet the needs of individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in non-licensed areas and who wish to be licensed to teach. Additional information concerning these programs is available in the Curriculum and Instruction and Special Education Department offices.
For complete information regarding individual departments, please refer to the UNLV web page, www.unlv.edu, and click on the College of Education.