Master of Education in Special Education; Emphasis in Gifted Education
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.
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of theories and research models that form the basis of curriculum development and instructional practice for individuals with gifts and talents.
- Explain curricular, instructional, and management strategies effective for students with gifts and talents.
- Understand the influence of social and emotional development on interpersonal relationships and learning of individuals with gifts and talents.
- Recognize uses and limitations of assessments documenting academic growth of individuals with gifts and talents.
- Determine culturally responsive behaviors that promote effective communication and collaboration with individuals with gifts and talents, their families, school personnel, and community members.
- Licensed teacher
- Private consultant
- Education specialist
- Non-profit organization director or employee
- State Education Department director or employee