The Department of Educational and Clinical Studies offers a 48 credit Master of Education (M.Ed.) – School Counseling. The master program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the accrediting body of the American Counseling Association. Graduates of the M.Ed. programs are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination in order to qualify for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential.
The Master of Education – School Counseling degree at UNLV requires a minimum of 48 graduate semester credits and prepares educational professionals who work to meet the academic, career, personal, and social needs of culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 student populations. The program prepares school counselors to fulfill the following roles:
- Serve as advocates, educational leaders, team members, consultants, and counselors to maximize opportunities for students to succeed academically;
- Address the academic, career, and personal/social needs of all students in the school;
- Serve as leaders of equity and achievement and be able to address institutional and environmental barriers impeding student progress;
- Through the collection and dissemination of data, advocate for systemic change to promote student achievement and academic success; and
- Become managers of resources and partnership builders, enlisting the support of parents, agencies, and community members.
Plan Admission Requirements
The master degree program requires that an application for admission be submitted to the Graduate College and the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies as well as transcripts of all college-level work. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 for all undergraduate work and a 3.00 for the last two years of undergraduate work is required.
Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation directly to the department along with a departmental application form that includes a writing sample. Final applicants undergo an extensive/structured personal interview. Students should refer to the department website. Students are admitted once each year, with an application deadline of February 1st.
All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.
Plan Graduation Requirements
- The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements for the program.
- The student must successfully complete and pass the final comprehensive exam.