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Master of Education in Special Education; Emphasis in Generalist (K-12)

The M.Ed. program in the Department of Educational & Clinical Studies is 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. 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: Autism, Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, Generalist-Mild Disabilities, Gifted and Talented, Intellectual Disabilities, Teaching English as a Second Language; or other professional areas, such as Applied Behavioral Analysis.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of models, theories, philosophies, and research methods that form the basis for special education practice;
  • Identify federal laws and related regulations that provide educational services to students with disabilities and discuss specific ways these laws and regulations have improved the outcomes of the population;
  • Define and discuss the appropriate use of the assessment processes used to (a) identify individuals with disabilities, (b) determine needed services, and (c) monitor progress related to the provision of services;
  • Describe the characteristics and educational needs of students with disabilities and other exceptional learners;
  • Identify and describe strategies to differentiate instruction for students with disabilities and other exceptional learners;
  • Define and describe the collaborative practices used to support the academic achievement of students with disabilities and other exceptional learners.

Career Possibilities

  • Licensed teacher
  • Private consultant
  • Education specialist
  • Non-profit organization director or employee
  • State Education Department director or employee