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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.

Learning Objectives

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.

Career Possibilities

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