Early Childhood Education

Multilingual Education

Special Education

  • Graduate Certificate in Special Education
    Available Options:
    • Autism Track
    • Emotional Behavioral Disorders Track
    • Gifted Track
    • Intellectual Disabilities Track
    • Learning Disabilities Track
  • Master of Education - Special Education
    Available Options:
    • Applied Behavioral Analysis Track
    • Autism Track
    • Emotional Disturbance Track
    • Generalist – Mild Disabilities Track
    • Gifted and Talented Track
    • Intellectual Disabilities Track
    • Learning Disabilities Track
    • Other Professional Areas Track
    • Early Childhood Special Education Infant Track
    • Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Track
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders Track
    • Teaching English as a Second Language Track
    • Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Track
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Special Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Special Education and Juris Doctor Dual Degree

Applicants will be responsible for ensuring that their application files are complete and submitted before the appropriate deadline. Applicants will need to include in their application a current email address as all correspondence will be done electronically. The admission process is somewhat complex in that the Graduate College and the department have separate requirements that applicants will have to meet. Because of this, applicants will need to understand the importance of submitting the proper material to the proper places.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all application materials well in advance of the deadlines.

A complete list of forms is also available on the Graduate College Forms page.

  • For students needed permissions to have a prerequisite waived or permission to get into a full class.

  • Application are due October 1 (Spring), March 1 (Summer and Fall). For information on fingerprinting, payment, and other important information, please visit the Field Experiences page on the College of Education website.

  • Department of Educational & Clinical Studies Faculty engage in community-focused research with a variety of partners, such as the Clark County School District, Nevada Early Intervention Services, and the Nevada Department of Education. UNLV also has on-campus facilities in which students and faculty conduct collaborative research. The following research resources are available to our doctoral students: Note: For more information on the following resources, please click on the links to visit their respective websites.

    Lynn Bennett Early Childhood Education Center is the new home of the UNLV/CSUN Preschool, which is a program of the UNLV Department of Special Education. The center fosters the learning, growth, and development of children through promotion of integrated communities and facilities that focus on the whole child. This focus is grounded in classrooms and a center that are nurturing and inclusive learning communities, offering a curriculum that provides activities that are individually appropriate, and making available equipment and materials that give young children opportunities to learn through exploration and interaction with their environments.

    The Clark County School District is the fifth largest district in the United States. The district is divided into five regions (northwest, northeast, east, southwest, and southeast) to facilitate efficient operations. During the 2005-2006 school year, the estimated student enrollment was 295, 806. These students attended one of the district's 317 schools. Remarkably, up to twelve new schools are opened each academic year. The Department of Special Education has established strong partnerships with the Clark County School District related to teacher preparation and a variety of research endeavors.

    The Division of Research is committed to creating an environment which is conducive to performing superior research and initiating innovative scholarly pursuits. Our entire team is dedicated to providing university faculty, staff, and students with the support necessary to fulfill UNLVs goal of becoming a nationally recognized research institution. It is our intent to help "open the doors" to research for all who wish to recognize their full creative and intellectual potential.

    The University Libraries were established in 1957 and now include the main Lied Library and three branch libraries: Architecture Studies, Curriculum Materials, and Music. The Lied Library, completed in 1998, is the centerpiece of UNLVs main campus, containing state of the art technology and an update and current collection of books from around the world.

    The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (UNLV CASD) conducts community-focused research, assessment, and training of persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), their families, and community service providers in Southern Nevada. The goal of UNLV CASD is to be a nationally recognized leader in the field of ASD through high quality research, assessment, and training. UNLV CASD positively impacts people with ASD and their families in Southern Nevada by researching best practices in assessment and intervention, actively engaging community stakeholders, and conducting outreach training with individuals and families. Doctoral student research and training opportunities are available.

    The Paradise Professional Development School provides a powerful learning environment which fosters responsible decision-making values diversity, and enables all students to master essential skills and concepts through reading, writing, and mathematics. Through continual professional renewal, Paradise Professional Development School teachers and University of Nevada, Las Vegas partners accept responsibility to ensure that students reach their highest potential. The Paradise Elementary PDS is a pre-K through grade 5 school that operates as a nine-month school. The school serves the children of the area in a zone determined by the CCSD Board of Education. Paradise PDS opened August, 1998.

    Information on grants, loans, and employment opportunities may be obtained from Financial Aid & Scholarships at 702-895-3424, or toll free at 1-800-344-UNLV.

    Graduate assistantships, Barrick fellowships, and alumni scholarships are a few of the types of assistance available through the Graduate College. The department offers numerous graduate assistantships. Graduate assistants work to support faculty in research endeavors, as well as other duties. Teaching assistants teach courses for the department.

    Graduate Assistantships are available for students working toward a master’s education specialist, or doctoral degree. Applications are available through the Graduate College.

    Graduate assistantships provide a monthly stipend and tuition/fee waiver. Applications and all supporting materials must be sent to the Graduate College no later than Mar. 31st preceding the fall semester in which an assistantship is sought. On rare occasions, assistantships may be available for the spring semester. In such cases, the application deadline is Nov. 1.