High-Impact Master's Education

The Elementary Education Program at the University of Nevada, Reno prepares you to meet the challenges of present and future classrooms. The teacher education faculty members are committed to providing a teacher education program that enables you to be successful in teaching.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in elementary education is open to candidates with a previous degree in education and those with a previous degree in a field other than education if they are participating in the Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) program offered through the Washoe County School District. The program offers the opportunity to become a licensed teacher at the elementary and middle school levels (K-8). Some undergraduate prerequisite courses may be necessary, depending on previous course work.

Students must meet graduate school admissions requirements, maintain required GPA’s, and fulfill the other requirements stated in the student handbook.

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Conceptual Framework

The teacher education faculty members are committed to providing a teacher education program that enables you to:

  • Develop a strong foundation of knowledge about teaching and learning,
  • Display a love of learning,
  • Value democracy and pluralism
  • Engage in reflective practice about one’s growth as a teacher.

Domains of Professional Competence

In addition, the teacher education program is intended to help the teacher candidate acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required of a professional educator. Our program supports candidate learning of the 10 InTASC standards within 4 domains of professional competence:

Domain 1: The Learner and Learning

  • Standard 1: Learner Development
  • Standard 2: Learning Differences
  • Standard 3: Learning Environments

Domain 2: Content Knowledge

  • Standard 4: Content Knowledge
  • Standard 5: Application of Content

Domain 3: Instructional Practice

  • Standard 6: Assessment
  • Standard 7: Planning for Instruction
  • Standard 8: Instructional Strategies

Domain 4: Professional Responsibility

  • Standard 9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
  • Standard 10: Leadership and Collaboration

To accomplish these goals, the teacher education program will provide opportunities for you to acquire competencies in several key areas:

  • An understanding of the foundations of elementary education,
  • Methods for teaching various subject areas in elementary school classrooms,
  • Knowledge of educational psychology and human development,
  • Skill in structuring effective educational experiences for culturally diverse and special needs populations, and
  • An ability to apply your knowledge of teaching in elementary school classrooms.

Application Dates

Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. For full consideration, it is recommended that the applicant complete applications by March 15 for Fall admission and October 15 for Spring Admission.

Program Faculty

Elementary Education
Li Ke
Li Ke, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Science Education
(775) 682-7530
WRB 3116
Elementary Education
Teruni Lamberg
Teruni Lamberg, Ph.D.
Professor of Elementary Mathematics
(775) 682-7533
WRB 3121
Elementary Education
Carolyn S. F. Silva
Carolyn S. F. Silva, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
(775) 682-7855
WRB 3111
Elementary Education
Alicia Shaw
Alicia Shaw, M.S.
WCSD Field Based Faculty
(775) 682-7540
WRB 3104