The M.Ed. in early childhood education is designed to provide a comprehensive contemporary program of teacher preparation and education for early childhood settings (e.g., day care, preschool education, hospitals, community education, early intervention programs, agencies, infant/toddler education and preK-2nd grade). The M.Ed. in ECE will provide coursework that is in line with the Nevada Department of Education NDE Birth — 2nd grade teaching license (In addition, the program provides course work beyond and above the requirements of the State of Nevada's Licensure requirements). Students will learn about the typically developing children and children with special needs and participate in field work. The program has two tracks, birth through 3 years and birth through 8 years. In the Early Childhood Education Program, students gain knowledge and skills for a variety of careers in educational and intervention programs for young children.


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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Use observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches.
  • Know about assessment partnerships with families and other professionals.
  • Utilize effective approaches, strategies, and tools for early education.
  • Understand central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines.
  • Use own knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum to promote positive outcomes.

Career Possibilities

  • Licensed teacher
  • Preschool provider
  • Preschool administrator
  • Daycare teacher
  • Daycare administrator
  • State education department director or employee


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Master of Education - Early Childhood Education


Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education

The Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education (EMS) is designed to prepare professionals for specialized services in schools, community agencies, and higher education settings. We promote and embrace the concept of cultural diversity, and we affirm our commitment to the ethical standards of our respective disciplines.


College of Education

The College of Education creates an intellectual environment that promotes quality instruction, significant research, and professional service. With four unique departments, graduates receive the necessary tools and experiences to make an impact on local, national, and global scales.