Graduates of this online master's degree in special education with emphasis in assistive technology have the knowledge and skills to identify and assist with implementation of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities throughout the lifespan. Students of the program acquire the knowledge and skills to evaluate need, design a program and evaluate the effectiveness of that program.
Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to be a Consultant in Assistive Technology or work in an Assistive Technology clinic. This program also will prepare candidates for doctoral programs in Assistive Technology.
University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.
Standard teaching certificate
Course Number: TE 800
This introductory web-based course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice. The course will provide opportunities for students to (a) define and differentiate between and among basic, applied, and action research and explain how each contributes to practice; (b) conduct and interpret preliminary, primary, and secondary sources of research in both online and hard copy formats; (c) compare and contrast various research designs, and (d) analyze qualitative and quantitative research methodology. This will include the use of statistical techniques and conditions to describe educational phenomena and to determine the validity and reliability of research methods, case studies, critical-theory, historical, and ethnographical methodology.
|Philosophy of Education||3|
Course Number: TE 803
Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.
|Curriculum Development in Multiculutural Education||3|
Course Number: TE 804
Students learn to evaluate, create, and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations, and school policies. In addition, students study diverse learning and teaching styles as well as explore the meaning and the reality of creating an environment that is conducive to and supportive of infused multicultural education.
|Overview of Assistive Technology||3|
Course Number: TE 805P
This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored.
|Practicum in Special Education||3|
Course Number: TESE 816D
This course is designed to provide practicum experience in the Special Education programs of Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-6, Mild/Moderate Disabilities 7-12, or Advanced Practitioner. Teachers are supervised by university faculty who may also contact an individual's principal. Students are expected to document 210 hours of direct contact with students of the appropriate grade level and disability for the endorsement they are seeking. This course is a semester course.
|Critical Issues in Special Education||3|
Course Number: TESE 880
This course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the critical issues facing the field of Special education. Professional ethics and code of conduct will be emphasized.
|Inclusion & Differentiation Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom||3|
Course Number: TESE 885
The course addresses the instructional needs of all students with exceptionalities (disabilities and giftedness) as well as those from culturally diverse backgrounds in integrated settings. Special education referral process, Response to Intervention, Section 504, analysis of instruction/environment and its impact on learning, assignment/assessment modification, behavioral issues, and evaluation of student learning will be the emphasis. Research-based intervention strategies to differentiate instruction will also be presented.
|Assistive Technology Assessment||3|
Course Number: TESE 891
Prereq: TE 805P This course is a requirement for the Assistive Technology emphasis in the Masters degree in Special Education/Advanced Practitioner.
|Augmentative Alternative Communication||3|
Course Number: TESE 892
Prereq: TE 805P Provides an overview of alternative and augmentative communications devices and strategies. Discussion about AAC assessment, management, implementation, and evaluation of effectiveness will be discussed.
|Program Development in Assistive Technology||3|
Course Number: TESE 893
Prereq: TESE 891 Provides strategies to develop assistive technology programs for individual students and at a systems level. Professional development as well as acquisition and integration of assistive technology will be covered.
|Research in Assistive Technology||3|
Course Number: TESE 894
Prereq: TE 800 or instructor approval This course will examine current research utilizing assistive technology with students with disabilities.
|Integration of Assistive Technology Across the Lifespan||3|
Course Number: TESE 895
Prereq: TE 805P Focus is on best practices for integrating assistive technology across the lifespan. Issues of long term goal development, social issues, and transition will be addressed.
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.