Apr 13, 2024  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Early Childhood Education M.Ed.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the admission requirements of the Graduate College, as outlined in the front of this catalog, applicants must also meet the requirements established by the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies. They are:

  1. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a 3.00 grade point average for the last two years of undergraduate work. Admission to a master’s degree program in special education requires that students with a GPA of less than 2.75 be admitted to the graduate program with provisional status; and
  2. A letter of application/intent.

Applications are processed when all credentials required by both the Graduate College and the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies have been received by the Graduate Coordinator. The Graduate Coordinator evaluates the applicant’s credentials and recommends either 1) admission to full, contingency, or provisional graduate standing (depending on the strength of the applicant’s academic credentials); or 2) denial. Those who wish to begin studies but who miss the application deadline may enroll as a non-degree graduate student. However, since there is no guarantee that courses taken as a non-degree student will count toward a degree, and since a maximum of 15 hours taken prior to admission to the program may be used to meet degree requirements, candidates are urged to seek advisement prior to registering for any course(s).

Advisor Assignment and Program of Studies

The Graduate College will provide official written notification of acceptance, including the advisor’s name. Students are responsible for contacting their advisors.

Degree Requirements:

All graduate students are held responsible for the requirements and academic policies established by the Graduate College and outlined in catalog. In addition, Department of Educational and Clinical Studies has established requirements for each of its degree offerings. While these requirements may be obtained from an academic advisor, they are briefly outlined here.

Master’s degrees must be completed within a six-year period and continuous enrollment must be maintained throughout the six years, unless a formal request for a leave of absence is approved by the department and Graduate College.

The M.Ed. degree requires at least 36-semester credit hours.

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in Special Education (ESP) courses
  2. 3 credit hours of EPY 702 - Research Methods .
  3. 15 credit hours of graduate level Special Education (ESP) or Early Childhood Education (ECE) courses.


Program Options:

The M.Ed. program can be designed to meet the needs of persons who hold a baccalaureate degree and wish to earn a master’s degree in special education or early childhood education, with or without licensure. Students are expected to develop a plan of study that is most relevant to their educational purposes; ESP 722 - Multicultural Perspectives in Special Education   and EPY 702 - Research Methods  are required by the department for all plans of study. Students seeking a license to teach should be aware that certification or endorsement requirements might limit their choices. A number of specific focus areas are available and can lead to the following Nevada Department of Education endorsements:Early Childhood.

Previous course work included in submitted graduate plans of study must have a grade of B or better. Only two subsequent grades of less than B- (one with an ESP or ECE prefix and one with any other prefix) will be permitted in a submitted plan of study. Under no circumstances will a Grade Point Average (GPA) of less than 3.00 be allowed on a finished plan of study. Failure to meet these standards will result in suspension from the degree program.

Graduation Requirements:

Students must complete and pass a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination is taken during the student’s last semester of coursework or in the semester immediately following completion of coursework listed on the student’s Program of Studies. If students opt to take the comprehensive exam the semester after completion of the coursework listed on their Program of Studies, they must enroll in ESP 766  or another graduate course. Per Graduate College Guidelines, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 hours of coursework the semester they graduate.

Students must apply to take comprehensive examinations. Specific application deadlines are available in the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies.

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