Structure of the Program
Professional Development Semester
The ESP-ARL program is designed for completion in four-five semesters (approximately 15-18 months). In the first semester (professional development), students complete three classes (9 credit hours or 135 contact hours), the Praxis Core or the California Basic Educational Skills Test, and a one credit hour class which is a 45-hour practicum experience under the direction of a licensed special education teacher in the Clark County School District.
If students complete the coursework, testing, and practicum requirements in the first semester, then they are eligible for an ARL certificate that allows students to apply for a provisional license in the state of Nevada through the Nevada Department of Education. This license is valid for three years and allows for ESP-ARL completers to then apply for employment as a special education teacher in any public school in the state of Nevada.
Completion of Licensure Courses
Following the initial professional development semester, students will continue taking three courses per semester for the subsequent three-four semesters in order to complete the coursework criteria for a standard teaching license in the state of Nevada. The semester breakdown found on this webpage is a sample of what a plan of study may look like; students will be given their own individual course sequence upon admission to the program.
In their final semester of courses, ESP-ARL students will complete a comprehensive exam that covers material learned throughout their Master’s program.
Additional Licensure Requirements
Once ESP-ARL students complete all coursework requirements, they will also need to pass any additional state licensing exams and teach for two years satisfactorily in a special education placement before applying for their standard teaching license. ESP-ARL students are encouraged to see the Nevada Department of Education licensure requirements in special education for additional information.