Masters Programs

Program Information

The Department holds as its central mission the preparation and development of educators at all levels. The department ensures that its professional education programs are based on essential knowledge, established and current research findings, and sound professional practice.

Program Overview

The Teaching and Learning Graduate Studies - All the information regarding the Master's Program is a supplement to the UNLV Graduate Catalog. The Department of Teaching & Learning offers two master's degree programs, the Master of Education (M.Ed.) and the Master of Science (M.S.). Within these master's programs, emphasis concentrations have been designed to meet students' professional goals and/or interests.

This website provides an overview of the requirements for each master's degree as well as a listing of all the possible emphasis concentration programs of study. In addition, the policies and procedures for successfully completing the master's program are outlined for students seeking admission and admitted students.

Students seeking a M.Ed. or M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction generally hold a bachelor's degree in education and have a teaching license within the pre K-12 range. Students with a bachelor's degree in a non-education field are eligible for the Alternate Route to Licensure Program in elementary or secondary education, offered only as a M.Ed. or possibly other emphasis areas if approved by faculty.

The M.Ed. requires a minimum of 37 semester hours of study. The program includes a core requirement of three semester hours in research, three semester hours in educational foundations, and three semester hours in curriculum and instruction. Students in the M.Ed. program generally complete a one-semester hour paper/project as the culminating activity for the degree. With advisor approval students may select the three-semester hour Professional Paper/Project (requires prerequisite Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction course) as the culminating activity. M.Ed. students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher during their program of study.

The M.S. requires a minimum of 39 semester hours of study. The program includes a core requirement of six semester hours in research and three semester hours in educational foundations. Students in the M.S. program complete six-semester hours of thesis (requires a prerequisite Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction course) plus an oral defense as the culminating activity for the degree. M.S. students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher during their program of study.

*Students are responsible for reading the on-line UNLV Graduate Catalog and the on-line Teaching & Learning Graduate Master's Program information. The content is subject to modification at any time to accommodate changes in university policy, resources or educational offerings; therefore, students are responsible for any graduate program changes that may affect their individual program of study. In addition, the Teaching & Learning Graduate Studies office staff via <tlgrad@unlv.nevada.edu> or academic faculty advisors are available for informational assistance.


Admissions Information

Fall M.Ed./M.S. Application to the Graduate College due on or before June 1*
Spring M.Ed./M.S. Application to the Graduate College due on or before November 1*
Summer M.Ed./M.S. Application to the Graduate College due on or before March 15*
*Official transcripts will be accepted after this date.

Part One: Application for Admission to the Graduate College

1. Complete the Graduate College Application Packet, then electronically submit the application to the Graduate College, along with the $60.00 application fee ($95.00 for international students). The Graduate College Application form is available via the Graduate College Admissions site.

Notes for completing the on-line Graduate College application:

  • After logging in and before final submission, there are 11 sections to complete before submitting the application. Each section can be accessed via links on the left side of the application screen. Save or save and continue before closing each section; information may be entered during more than one log-in session.
  • No test scores required (Exception: Post-baccalaureate Alternate Route to Licensure (ARL) applicants should visit the ARL page for test score information.)

Program Information
Specific information under each emphasis can be found on the Program List page.

Transfer Credit Information

Complete as requested.For additional information refer to the Transfer Course section in the Master's Degree Program Admission Information Teaching & Learning (T&L) Department portion of this document.

Postsecondary Institutions

Complete as requested

Uploading unofficial transcripts for each institution attended will assist with efficiently processing an application while awaiting arrival of official transcripts.

One set of official transcript(s) from each university/college attended must be mailed directly to the Graduate College. No hand-carried, photocopied, or "Issued to Student" transcripts will be accepted. All transcripts must be received directly from all post-secondary institutions attended.  If the applicant attended UNLV, he/she must go to the UNLV Official Transcript Request website to complete a transcript request form.

Mail Info:

UNLV GRADUATE COLLEGE
4505 MARYLAND PKWY BOX 451017
LAS VEGAS NV 89154-1017

Financial Support

Graduate Assistant Application
For further information contact the T&L Graduate Studies office via tlgrad@unlv.nevada.edu, 702-895-1540, or Carlson Education Bldg. Room 354. Must be a full time student while working 20 hours per week on campus during normal business hours.

Financial Aid Information
Complete as requested; be sure to complete a FASFA form  <http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/> at the beginning of each academic year as per announcements of potential financial aid or scholarship opportunities.

Graduate Program Supplementary Information

Graduate Program Additional Application: No additional application required. (Exception: Post-baccalaureate ARL applications must upload an application. Visit the ARL page for more information.)

Personal Statement
Upload a Personal Professional Goals Statement document. Explicitly include in the statement your reason(s) for pursuing a master's degree, proposed M.Ed or M.S. concentration, names and contact information for two professional references, and, if applicable, will you be part of a cohort group, e.g., Teach for America (TFA) or the Alternate Route to Licensure Program (ARL) for initial teacher licensure.

  • Step 1: Be sure all required information has been typed, uploaded and saved before submitting.
  • Step 2: Submit application payment as requested.
  • Step 3: Finalize submission by completing the signature page.

Additional Graduate College Information

Part Two: Application for Admission to the Teaching and Learning Department

1. Upload a Personal Professional Goals Statement document in the Personal Statement section of the Graduate College Application form. Explicitly include in your statement your reason(s) for pursuing a master's degree, proposed M.Ed or M.S. concentration, names and contact information for two professional references, and, if applicable, will you be part of a cohort group, i.e., Teach for America (TFA) or the Alternate Route to Licensure Program (ARL) for initial teacher licensure. It is not necessary to send letters of recommendation to either T&L or the Graduate College.

2. For additional information, including concentrations course requirements for programs of study, not included in the attached information sheet, review the content on the Masters page.

Students seeking a M.Ed. or M.S. generally hold a bachelor's degree in education and have a teaching license within the K-12 range (CTPE applicants excepted). Students with a bachelor's degree in a non-education field are eligible for the ARL Program in elementary or secondary education licensure offered only as M.Ed. NOTE: Career & Technical and Postsecondary Education (CTPE) students often have degrees in fields other than education.  These are acceptable for either the M.Ed. or the M.S. CTPE concentrations.

The M.Ed. requires a minimum of 37 semester hours of study.  Students in the M.Ed. program complete a one-semester hour culminating activity for the degree. M.Ed. students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher during their program of study.

The M.S. requires a minimum of 39 semester hours of study. Students in the M.S. program complete a six-semester hour thesis and oral defense as the culminating activity for the degree. M.S. students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher during their program of study.

Admission Requirements for M.Ed and M.S.
In addition to meeting the admission requirements of the Graduate College, applicants must also meet Department of T&L requirements:

1. Prior to admission, complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework in professional education taken at either the undergraduate or post-baccalaureate level. This requirement does not apply to students in the Alternate Route to Licensure Program, the Career & Technical and Postsecondary Education (CTPE) Program, or other emphasis concentrations if approved by faculty.

2.  Submit a Personal Professional Goals Statement. Explicitly include in the statement reason(s) for pursuing a master's degree, proposed M.Ed. or M.S. concentration, and names and contact information for two professional references.

Applications are processed when all materials required by both the Graduate College and T&L Department have been received. The materials are then forwarded to the Graduate Coordinator who evaluates the applicant's credentials and recommends either: 1) full or provisional admission to the program, depending on the strength of the applicant's academic credentials, or 2) denial.  Students are admitted to the T&L Department Fall and Spring.

Application Priority Deadlines: June 1 for Fall semester, November 1 for Spring semester, and March 15 for Summer term.

T&L students are not admitted to the Graduate College during the summer; however, potential candidates may enroll in selected courses, as non-degree seeking, special graduate students while awaiting completion of the admission process.  Or, students who wish to begin studies, but who missed the application deadline for Fall or Spring semesters, may enroll as a non-degree seeking graduate student. Visit the Graduate College admissions site for the non-degree application form. Caution: 1) a maximum of 15 semester hours completed prior to the semester of matriculation (admission) may be used to meet master's degree requirements, and 2) there is no guarantee that courses completed as a non-degree graduate student will apply to a graduate program of study.  Therefore, it is recommended that non-degree graduate students enroll in core classes or electives as listed for the intended concentration. For concentrations and associated specific course listings, view the Programs List below.

Transfer Courses
Transfer courses and courses taken at UNLV before admission may be accepted in a program of study. A maximum of 15 graduate level semester hours may be transferred and must:

  • Fall within the six (6) year limit for completion of the degree (the six (6) year limit begins with the oldest course listed on a program of study);
  • Be evaluated by the advisor as meeting program emphasis concentration requirements (the advisor may communicate with other faculty who teach similar courses, but there are no forms requiring approval) and approved by the Graduate Coordinator;
  • Be completed with a grade of "B" or better (no grades of "B-" or lower or pass/fail are transferable); and
  • Be limited to 12 semester hours if the student was enrolled in courses at another accredited institution (these hours are considred part of the 15 hour transfer limit); and
  • Not be part of another program of study culminating in a degree posted on transcripts.

Advisor Assignment and Program of Study Forms
Upon acceptance, official written notification of will be forwarded to you by the Graduate College. In addition, you will receive an email* from the T&L Department, identifying your advisor. In consultation with the advisor, students are responsible for filing program of study forms with the Graduate College within the first 16 semester hours of coursework.
*All e-mail correspondence will be sent to your UNLV Rebelmail account. You must open and activate your Rebelmail to receive e-mail correspondence.  You may forward Rebelmail to your own personal e-mail account.


Emphases

View course information for the various emphasis concentrations within the department's Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs.


Program List

Emphasis M.Ed. Requirements Culminating Experience M.S. Requirements
Art Education      
Art Education (On Hold)      
Teacher Education      
Elementary Education Course of Study Description  
Secondary Education Course of Study Description  
Elementary Education Endorsement Course of Study Description  
Leadership for Teachers and Professionals Course of Study Description  
ARL Elementary Education Course of Study Description  
ARL Secondary Education Course of Study Description  
Career & Technical and Postsecondary Education      
Career & Technical and Postsecondary Education Course of Study Description Course of Study
English Language Arts      
English Language Arts Education (7-12) Course of Study Description Course of Study
Library Science      
Library Science (On Hold)      
Literacy Education      
English Education Course of Study Description Course of Study
Children's & Young Adult Literature Course of Study Description  
Literacy Education Course of Study Description  
Literacy Education-RPDP Course of Study Description  
Reading Specialist Course of Study    
Mathematics Education      
Elementary Mathematics Education Course of Study Description Course of Study
Secondary Mathematics Education Course of Study Description Course of Study
Mathematics Education Secondary-RPDP Course of Study Description  
Mathematics Education Middle School-RPDP Course of Study Description  
Multicultural Education      
Multicultural Education Course of Study Description Course of Study
Science Education      
Elementary Science Education Course of Study Description Course of Study
Secondary Science Education Course of Study Description Course of Study
Science Education Middle School - RPDP Course of Study Description  
Science Education Secondary - RPDP Course of Study Description  
Social Studies      
Elementary Social Studies Education Course of Study Description Course of Study
Secondary Social Studies Education Course of Study Description Course of Study
Educational Technology      
Educational Technology Course of Study Description  
Educational Technology - RPDP Course of Study Description  

Forms

The following are PDF files that require Adobe Reader installed in order to be viewable.

Form Title Link to Form
Admissions Form
Fall Applications due June 1*
Spring Applications due November 1*
*Official transcripts will be accepted after this date.

Application for Graduate Assistantship
When applying for graduate assistantship
Appointment of Advisory Committee Approval
Change in Proposed Degree
Degree Audit Companion Form
Degree Audit Form
(Accessed by logging into MyUNLV)
Final Exam
Graduate Program Evaluation
Graduation Application Instructions
Independent Study
Leave of Absence
Oral Defense
Overload
Prospectus Approval
Time Limit Extension

Culminating Activity

Specific information relating to the culminating activity can be found on the Culminating Activity page.

Graduate Student Responsibilities

As a graduate student, you are responsible for the following:

  • Students are responsible for contacting their assigned advisor for an appointment.
  • Students must meet with their assigned advisor to plan a course of study during the first semester of admission. At this time, students should also file a program of study.
  • Students must file a program of study prior to the completion of sixteen (16) semester hours.
  • Students have the primary responsibility for staying informed of university and/or department changes in course offerings and degree requirements, but advisors are available for guidance.
  • Students may change a program of study with advisor approval. A "Program Change Form" must be filed.
  • Students must register for a minimum of six (6) semester hours each calendar year (typically 3 credits in the Fall semester and 3 credits in the Spring semester). All requirements for the master's degree must be completed within six (6) calendar years, i.e., the oldest course cannot be older than six (6) years.
  • Students must inform the T&L Graduate Studies Office, CEB 368A, of name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address changes at <tlgrad@unlv.nevada.edu> or telephone 895-1986.
  • Students must register for the appropriate culminating experience once they have completed 30-36 hours.
    • CIG 697 C&I Culminating Experience - register for appropriate section and contact advisor to begin project
    • GIG 698 Professional Paper/Project - file for GIG 689 Seminar in C&I (1 credit)
    • CIG 699 Thesis - file prospectus form
  • Students must apply for graduation during the first weeks of the semester of graduation. The due date for the graduation application is listed on the calendar page of the class schedule. The graduation fee is posted to the student's account.