|The Department of Sports Education Leadership offers the Master of Education (M.Ed.) and the Master of Science (M.S.) degrees. Both degrees require a minimum of 36 semester hours. The M.S. degree is intended for students who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in teaching and coaching effectiveness and for related administrative activities. This degree is designed for those who wish to contribute to the teaching and coaching professional research literature. The M.S. degree is also viewed as a potential foundation for doctoral work and includes an appropriate research methods core and culminating the choice of three culminating experience options.. The M.Ed. is designed for inservice teachers and administrators who are interested in furthering their careers in physical education or sport. Graduates of the M.Ed. degree program have assumed positions as master teachers, department chairs, athletic directors, or curriculum coordinators. The philosophy underlying this degree option is that graduate education can be both academic and practical. Specialized skills are developed in program design, program assessment, analysis of teaching, and instructional strategies. Concentrations in physical education teacher education, adapted physical education and athletic administration are offered for both the M.Ed. and the M.S. degree programs.
Admission to graduate studies at UNLV requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with either a minimum grade point average of 2.75 overall or a 3.00 in the last two years of undergraduate work. Master’s degree programs require that an application for admission be submitted to the Graduate College and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
Admission to Masters programs is based on the following criteria:
- GRE scores
- Two letters of recommendation
- Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Professional resume or vita
Applicants may be admitted under provisional status if they are deficient in no more than two of the admission requirements. If the applicant is admitted under provisional status, satisfactory completion of specified course work will be required in order to obtain full admission status.
Applications for M.S. and M.Ed. programs will be considered twice per year. All application materials should be sent to the Graduate College online. Further admission information and application forms may be obtained from the UNLV Graduate College website at: graduatecollege.unlv.edu/admissions.
Two letters of recommendation, professional resume or vita, GRE scores and a copy of all college transcripts should be submitted to the Department of Sports Education Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 453031, Las Vegas, NV 89154-3031.
Student Advisory Committee
Students are required to select a graduate advisory committee within completion of 12-16 hours. Advisory committees must consist of three Sports Education Leadership graduate faculty members (one of which can be an associate graduate faculty member) and a Graduate College representative from outside of the department. The advisory committee should be formed prior to the completion of 16 credit hours. The committee oversees the student’s degree program and ensures all requirements are satisfactorily fulfilled. A temporary advisor is assigned upon acceptance into the program. Once the student becomes acquainted with the faculty, it is his/her responsibility to select an advisory committee.