Master of Education with Nevada Elementary Licensure

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The Master of Education with Nevada Elementary Licensure is designed for students who are committed to being instructional leaders in the K-8 setting. Courses for this degree meet the Nevada Department of Education requirements for an initial teaching license. They also meet requirements for a master’s degree from National University that inter-relates theory and practice as well as promotes lifelong learning. The program is intended for students who want to obtain an initial teaching license and master’s degree at the same time.

The student teaching courses are required for the initial teaching license. Students must have met subject matter competency prior to student teaching. Elementary and Secondary Education teacher candidates meet subject matter competence by passing the appropriate PRAXIS II examinations. Candidates must meet all state requirements for the Elementary Education Teaching License to apply to the Nevada Department of Education for licensure.

An electronic portfolio is required for the assessment of all teacher licensure candidates. The purpose of the portfolio is for candidates to show how their work in teacher education is linked to their own competency in the InTASC Domains of Professional Competence. The portfolio must be reviewed and approved by a National University faculty member prior to exiting the licensure program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate knowledge and abilities in designing and implementing developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences that respect cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical differences.
  • Integrate knowledge and abilities in establishing and maintaining inclusive learning environments enabling all learners to meet high standards while recognizing individual and cultural differences.
  • Integrate knowledge and abilities in establishing and maintaining learning environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  • Integrate the discipline(s)’ central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures to create learning experiences accessible and meaningful for learners in mastering the content.
  • Integrate concepts and differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  • Integrate knowledge and abilities in designing and using multiple methods of assessment that learners use to monitor their own growth and decision-making as well as guide the teacher in instructional planning.
  • Integrate knowledge of learners and the community context in planning instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals of content areas.
  • Integrate knowledge and abilities in using a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
  • Integrate knowledge and abilities in ongoing professional learning by using evidence to evaluate the influences of professional practices, choices, and actions on learners, families, other professionals, and the community.
  • Seek appropriate leadership roles and opportunities by collaborating with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and advancement in the profession.
  • Evaluate the application of educational research, evidence-based practices, and academic writing with a focus on elementary education.


To receive a Master of Education with Nevada Elementary Licensure, students must complete at least 54 quarter units of graduate work, 40.5 of which must be taken in residence at National University. Students enrolled in the joint degree-licensure program will not be awarded the masters degree until they complete all graduate and licensure coursework, including student teaching.
Program Requirements for degree and Nevada licensure (12 courses; 54 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
TED640A, TED640B and TED649 do not grant graduate credit.
Course of Study
National University’s Master of Education with Nevada Elementary Licensure is structured in four, intra- and inter-related areas: foundation courses, elementary education method courses, student teaching courses, and research course. This curricular organization is developmental in theoretical knowledge, applied skills, field K-6 classroom experiences, and learning outcomes. As a result, teacher candidates move from the foundation block of courses, to the method courses before applying for student teaching. The research course is last course in the degree. Candidates who successfully complete the Professional Teacher Preparation courses and related requirements will be eligible for a Nevada teaching license; those students who choose to earn a Master of Education degree must complete one additional course.
Foundation Courses (5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)
The five foundation courses are considered the foundation family because all the courses provide fundamental conceptual knowledge and skill, field experiences, and assessments. The foundation family is the theoretical basis for skill development and acquisition in the elementary education method courses. The courses that comprise this family are:
Elementary Education Methods Courses
TED 621A is the pre-requisite course for TED 621B and TED 626.
Student Teaching Courses
TED 649 is taken concurrently with TED 640A and TED 640B. TED640A, TED640B and TED649 do not grant graduate credit.
Master in Education
Nevada Licensing Programs
Certain licensing programs may require enrollment into an electronic portfolio. Please see your faculty advisor for further information.