Special Education - Intellectual Disabilities, M.Ed.

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University rank #748 (BCR) , NV,
The M.Ed. program in the Department of Educational & Clinical Studies is designed to meet the needs of persons who hold a baccalaureate degree and wish to earn a master's degree in special education or early childhood education, with or without licensure.


Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Articulate the pros and cons of current issues and trends in Special Education and the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Identify and differentiate between science-based and non-science based treatment and instruction for students/individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Describe and define general developmental, academic, social, career, and functional characteristics of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders as they relate to levels of support needed.
  • Identify and differentiate between different placement alternatives for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, including home-based and school-based programs.
  • Assist students, with the support of parents and other professionals, in planning for transition to adulthood including employment and community and daily life, with maximum opportunities for full participation in community and decision making.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  •  Research Methods
  •  Introduction to Special Education and Legal Issues
  •  Psychological and Social Problems in Intellectual Disabilities
  •  Adaptive Curricular Programming for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
  •  Communication Programming for Persons with Severe Disabilities
  •  Assessment of Persons with Severe Intellectual Disabilities
  •  Multicultural Perspectives in Special Education
  •  Medically Related Aspects of Disabilities
  •  Data-Based Decision Making and Growth Models

                Detailed Programme Facts

                • Programme intensity Full-time
                • Credits
                  36 alternative credits
                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus

                English Language Requirements

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                Academic Requirements

                You need the following GPA score:

                Required score: 2.75

                Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                In addition to meeting the admission requirements of the Graduate College, applicants must also meet the requirements established by the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies. They are:

                • A minimum grade point average of 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a 3.00 grade point average for the last two years of undergraduate work. Admission to a master’s degree program in special education requires that students with a GPA of less than 2.75 be admitted to the graduate program with provisional status; and
                • A letter of application/intent.

                Tuition Fee

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                  23274 USD/year
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                  9364 USD/year
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