University General Course Catalog 2016-2017 
    May 30, 2023  

Elementary Education, M.Ed.

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I. Contact Information

Teruni Lamberg, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director 
(775) 784-4961

Mailing Address:

University of Nevada, Reno
College of Education, Mail Stop 0280
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557

II. Brief Introduction

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in elementary education offers you the opportunity to become a licensed teacher at the elementary and middle school levels (K-8). This program is designed for those with a degree in another field who want to become teachers. Some undergraduate prerequisite courses may be necessary, depending on your previous course work.

  • For students who are not licensed Nevada teachers, licensure courses may be taken as part of a master’s degree. Several areas of emphasis are available within each.
  • For students holding a teaching license, it is possible to earn credits toward an endorsement in ESL.
  •  It is also possible, upon admission to a postbaccalaureate licensure program (in elementary, special or secondary education), to concurrently pursue a graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language.

III. Admission Requirements

Applicants need to meet and/or complete the following:

  • Completed application for program
  • Regular admission requires a minimum overall GPA from bachelor’s degree of 2.75
  • Pre-req coursework form
  • EE Questionnaire
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Behavioral Paper
  • Essay

Applications are accepted on-going, but are reviewed twice a year with deadlines of October 1 and March 1.

The specific curriculum requirements are adapted to the professional needs of the student. Students should not enroll in any graduate-level course without first securing the approval of the department that such a course is acceptable toward a selected major or minor.

In addition to admission requirements specified by each department, applicants must be qualified in the professional judgment of the College of Education faculty.

IV. Program Requirements

In order to earn the master of arts, master of science or master of education degrees, students must complete 32 to 67 credits of approved courses with a major in education. Master of arts and master of science degree programs, in some areas, may also require a six-credit thesis. Program outlines can be obtained from each of the programs in the College of Education. All degree candidates are required to complete a research course. In addition, all students not writing a thesis are required to take 1 to 3 credits of comprehensive examination or professional project, which may or may not be above the 32 to 67 credits of approved courses.

A maximum of six graduate credits of S/U grades may be applied toward a master’s degree requiring at least 32 semester credits.

Generally, students are advised to enroll in improvement courses for in-service education on the graduate level. These courses are also offered in extension or branch centers, workshops, short conferences, evening schools and individual problem courses by arrangement. Inquiries are encouraged.

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