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Exceptional Student Education

The M.S. in Education with a specialization in Exceptional Student Education leading to Nevada add-on endorsement focuses on preparing educators in the area of teaching of students with disabilities. This specialization provides educators with skills for assessing and teaching life skills and academic content to children and youth with disabilities across the spectrum. Course content is research-based and infuses best practices in education, while aligning directly with the Nevada Department of Education’s licensure requirements for exceptional student education.

  • Complete the admission application packet and submit a $50.00 non-refundable fee (U.S. dollars) made payable to Nova Southeastern University (NSU).
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions. An official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required.
  • A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is required for all students. Applicants who do not meet the 2.5 CGPA requirement must submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (a combined score of 1000 for the verbal and quantitative scales only). If the applicant does not meet the minimum 2.5 GPA or GRE score requirement, the applicant may enroll in a maximum of six (6) credit hours and must earn a grade of B or better in each course during the first term of enrollment for conditional admission. Students who do not earn a grade of B or better in each course will be subject to dismissal from the program.
  • Valid NV Permanent Teaching License

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
CUR 526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
ESE 600 Survey of Exceptionalities of Children and Youths 3
ESE 610 Speech and Language Development and Disabilities 3
ESE 620 Behavior Management of Exceptional Students 3
ESE 630 Educational and Psychological Assessment of Exceptional Students 3
ESE 640 Transition Skills and Services for Exceptional Students 3
ESE 650 Instructional Strategies for Exceptional Students 3
ESE 660 Curriculum and Instructional Materials for Exceptional Students 3
ESE 670 Inclusive Education for Exceptional Students 3
ESE 680 Teaching Social and Personal Skills to Exceptional Students 3
ESE 690 Consultation and Collaboration in Exceptional Student Education 3
ESE 699 Applied Professional Experience in Exceptional Student Education 3


The applied professional experience is one of many practical applications included in the exceptional student education specialization. This capstone project is the final step in the completion of the program. Conducted in an appropriate educational setting, candidates will maintain a reflective journal and create a file of samples of their students’ work and the assessment instruments used to demonstrate achievement of the state professional and content standards. All applied professional experiences are accompanied by a portfolio detailing the rationale, process, and evaluation of the project.

Coursework for the Master of Science in Education with a Specialization in Exceptional Student Education leading to Nevada add-on endorsement, is available online. The online delivery option allows candidates to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The distance delivery option allows busy professionals to complete their degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

Faculty members for the master of science in education are scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition many are also highly respected professional practitioners, who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Most importantly, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

  • Praxis II - Minimum passing scores on the following:
    Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT):
    Grades K-6 minimum score: 169 OR Grades 7-12 minimum score: 161
    Subject Assessment/Specialty Area Test:
    Special Education Knowledge –Based Core Principles: 150 (Expires August 31, 2010 – No fault for new test for one year) AND Special Education – Core Knowledge and Application:150(Effective September 1, 2010)
  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Successful completion of the Supervised Teaching Internship, including the portfolio, demonstrating competence with the Educator Accomplished Practices
  • Completed application for degree

The master of science in education with a specialization in exceptional student education, state approved in Nevada, meets all requirements of the Nevada Department of Education’s elementary education (grades k–12) add-on endorsement.

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