Early Childhood, Multilingual & Special Education Resources

Prerequisite Waiver Form

Graduate students needing permission to have a prerequisite waived or permission to get into a full class must fill out the Graduate Prerequisite Waiver Form*.

*Note: This form is for graduate and doctoral students only. Undergraduate students must contact the COE Education Student Services Center at 702-895-1537 or by visiting CEB 118.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Special education teachers can now be forgiven $17,500 in federal student loans! Help ensure that every student is taught by a highly effective teacher and receive $17,500 in college loan forgiveness.

The nation’s special education students are in dire need of qualified teachers. In 2005 federal government created an incentive to retain special education teachers in low-income schools by increasing the amount of loan forgiveness available for special education teachers who teach for five consecutive years in designated schools.

You are eligible if:

  • You received federal Stafford or Perkins loans
  • You taught special education in a low-income school for five consecutive years
  • You borrowed money after 1998

This information is important for special education teachers, who can benefit now; any student interested in becoming a special education teacher; and high school and college guidance counselors, who share this information with interested students.

For more information go to:

Rodman Special Education Cohort Scholars

The Rodman Special Education Cohort Program is an intensive 1-year program in which undergraduate special education majors can complete their Bachelor of Science degree and be licensed as a generalist special educator.

In the fall semester of the program, the participants take a course in a 1-week time period for 13 weeks (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.). In the spring semester of the program, five courses are taken (on Monday and Tuesday evenings) and the participants pre-student teach (all day). In the summer of the program, the participants complete their student teaching and graduate.

  • The Rodman Program pays all tuition and fees for the 3-semesters of coursework.
  • Money to purchase a tablet (i.e., iPad, Surface, Kindle).
  • Completing two years of study in a 1-year intensive course of study.
  • Students must have completed the following:
  • Must have completed all of their UNLV General Education Core requirements.
  • Must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Must have taken and passed all three sections of the Praxis Core exam.
  • Must have taken and passed EDU 203 (Introduction to Special Education), EDU 280 (Valuing Cultural Diversity), EDU 214E (Preparing Teachers to Use Technology), and EPY 303 (Educational Psychology) prior to the beginning of the fall 2017 semester.
  • Cannot have taken any 400-level special education courses.
Next Steps
  1. Contact our department office to obtain access to the application and list of required materials.
  2. Complete the Rodman Scholar on-campus interview.
  3. Complete the FAFSA application as soon as possible (all participants must have a FAFSA on file).
  4. Complete any coursework needed (as outlined above).

Kyle Higgins, Ph.D.

College of Education Resources

A full listing of resources for College of Education students is available on the Student Resources page.