May 27, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Science - Curriculum & Instruction

Plan Description

The Department holds as its central mission the preparation and development of educators at all levels. The department ensures that its professional education programs are based on essential knowledge, established and current research findings, and sound professional practice.

The Master of Science (M.S.), emphasizes preparation for
researchers. There is a single thesis track with different emphasis areas

Emphasis areas for the M.S. degree:
-English Language Arts
-Literacy Education
-Mathematics Education
-K-8 Integrated STEM Education
-Science Education
-Social Studies Education
-Secondary Education
-Elementary Education
-Teacher Education
-Leadership for Teachers and Professionals
-Children’s and Young Adult Literature
-Career and Technical Postsecondary Education
-Multicultural Education
-Educational Technology

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Plan Admission Requirements


Application deadlines

Applications available on the UNLV Graduate College website.

In addition to meeting the admission requirements of the Graduate College, applicants must also meet the requirements established by the Department of Teaching and Learning. They are:

1. An overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 is required for admission. Students with a GPA of less than 3.00 but greater or equal to 2.75 may be admitted to the graduate program upon review of the Admissions Committee.

2. A completed on-line application for admission submitted to the Graduate College through the Grad Rebel Gateway.

3. A one- to two-page letter of intent of professional goals and rationale for pursuing the degree. In the letter of intent pease state the emphasis area that you are interested in. (Letter of intent uploaded in the online application).

4. The names with contact information of two professional references are required in the online application. The professional references will be contacted to submit a letter of recommendation.

5. Unofficial or official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities will need to be submitted in the online application. Official transcripts are required once given an offer of admission into the program.

Applications are processed when all credentials required by both the Graduate College and T&L have been received. Once received, materials are forwarded to the Graduate Coordinator and the T&L Master’s Admission Committee to evaluate the applicant’s credentials and recommend acceptance or denial into the program.

The Graduate College will send official notification regarding the status of applications through the Grad Rebel Gateway. In addition, an email will be sent from the department of Teaching and Learning identifying an academic advisor. Students are responsible for contacting their advisors upon admission to the program.

All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.

Students are accepted into a degree program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.

Plan Requirements

Total Credits Required: 33

Course Requirements

Theoretical Foundations Course - Credits: 3

Core Emphasis Area Courses - Credits 15

600 or 700 level advisor approved courses from within or outside the department and/or via RPDP (Regional Professional Development Program) linked approved UNLV classes. RPDP courses must be approved by the faculty advisor and graduate coordinator. Not all RPDP courses count. Emphasis areas for the M.S. degree: - English Language Arts - Literacy Education - Mathematics Education - K-8 Integrated Stem Education - Science Education - Social Studies Education - Secondary Education - Elementary Education - Teacher Education - Leadership for Teachers and Professionals - Children’s and Young Adult Literature - Career and Technical Postsecondary Education - Multicultural Education - Educational Technology

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00.

EPY 702 must be taken prior to EPY 718 or EPY 721.

In consultation with his/her advisor, a student will organize a thesis committee of at least three departmental members. In addition, a fourth member from outside the department, known as the Graduate College Representative, must be appointed.

Before doing the thesis research, students must defend their thesis proposal to their committee. It is encouraged for students to do the thesis proposal defense and work on IRB approval prior to the semester when the CIG 699 credits will be taken.

Complete and defend a thesis.
Students must be enrolled in thesis credits the semester of graduation.

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.

The student must submit and successfully defend his/her thesis by the posted deadline. See the Graduate College website for required forms, formatting requirements for the thesis, and due dates.

Refer to the Graduate Study Timeline on the Graduate College website
for Graduation Requirements.