The Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education-Preschool (ECSE-Preschool) program is a graduate certificate program designed for individuals who want to acquire specific ECSE-Preschool skills to meet the needs or demands of their workplace and a Nevada Department of Education (NDE) endorsement. The certificate program is suitable for students with no prior ECSE background, as well as for those who have prior ECSE knowledge or education and want to acquire specific additional skills. The following are examples of students who can benefit from the program:

  • Individuals who have graduated from an ECE undergraduate program or related program several years ago who can use the Certificate in ECSE-Preschool program to stay current with ECSE changes.
  • ECSE professionals who want to retool themselves to acquire new ECSE skills.
  • Individuals with no formal prior ECSE education who want to learn about ECSE and earn the NDE endorsement in ECSE-Preschool.


For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe trajectory of typical and atypical development of children who are under 8 years of age.
  • Analyze assessment of children who have disabilities and who are under 8 years of age.
  • Analyze strategies for intervention or development of curriculum for children who have disabilities an who are under 8 years of age.


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Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education - Preschool


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