12 months
21592 USD/year
21592 USD/year
5500 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Special Education program at University of Nevada, Reno has a variety of program options for candidates interested in starting a career in special education, as well as for experienced special education and general education teachers. Each of our suggested programs of study is tied to Nevada licensure requirements.


High-Impact Master's Education

The Special Education program at University of Nevada, Reno focuses on the preparation of teachers to work with students with disabilities in PK-12 schools. Teachers may also be prepared to work with infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. The program has an emphasis area that the Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (Option 1) examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Program Emphasis

Two types of master’s degrees in special education are offered, the Master of Education (M.Ed.) with out a thesis and Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a thesis. These programs have differing emphases and so it is recommended that students meet with a faculty advisor in selecting the most appropriate program.

Emphasis areas include:

  • mild to moderate disabilities (K-12),
  • intellectual disabilities: moderate to intense needs,
  • applied behavior analysis in special education,
  • autism and related disorders (K-12),
  • advanced studies in learning and behavior disorders, and
  • early intervention/early childhood special education.

Programs of study leading to initial licensure or advanced preparation are both available.

Students will develop an in-depth understanding of special education policy and law, student characteristics, instructional methods, assessment, behavior management, and working collaboratively with families. They will be familiar with the professional literature related foundations and research in special education related to their area of emphasis. Teacher leadership is stressed with graduates able to interpret and evaluate research findings and apply them to special education and early intervention settings.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Trends and Issues in Special Education 
  • Educational Research 
  • Special Topics in Advanced Educational Measurement and Statistics 
  • Assessment of Students with Severe Disabilities
  • Multicultural Concerns in Diverse Educational Settings
  • Issues in Teaching in Diverse Educational Settings

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH

33 - 42


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completion of the program application
  • Passing scores Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading, Writing, and Math or CBEST.  If you provide evidence of a Nevada Teaching License without a provision for the basic skills test or have a master's degree in another area, you are exempt from this requirement.
  • Statement of professional goals
  • 1-2 page resume
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Qualified in the professional judgment of the program faculty

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21592 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    21592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21592 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    5500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5500 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Reno

860 - 1230 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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