Graduates of this online special education program with emphasis in behavioral interventionist will gain the knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of individuals with challenging behaviors. Students also gain the skills to conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment, design and implement a Behavior Intervention Plan based on the assessment and implement Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports.
The program identifies strategies and interventions for serving students identified as having Behavior, Emotional or those on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Upon completion of this program, students are eligible for a Nebraska endorsement as a Behavior Interventionist. This endorsement allows the individual to teach children identified as having one of three disabilities: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Disabilities or Traumatic Brain Injury. Students interested in endorsement in another state should check with their state's department of education. This program also will prepare candidates for doctoral programs in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Through this program, students gain the content knowledge needed to pursue further certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. This certification can be pursued as part of a master’s degree or as a separate Nebraska endorsement.
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 Multicultural 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 Assertive 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
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.
|Functional Behavior Assessment & Behavior Intervention Planning||3|
Course Number: TESE 867
This course is designed for graduate level students to examine function-based behavior intervention strategies for individuals with disabilities who engage in challenging behavior. Students will be taught basic elements of functional analysis that includes: defining, observing, and recording behaviors as well as the creation of graphic displays for analysis. Ethical standards for behavior management, crisis intervention, and positive behavioral support will be highlighted. This course contains a functional assessment/intervention field component.
|Teaching Social Skills to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder||3|
Course Number: TESE 879P
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to teach Social and Personal Skills for students with disabilities. Students will be exposed to various Social and Personal Skills programs and strategies that are presently available that have been designed for students with special needs. The development of role play, problem solving, social story, and social script techniques will be emphasized. In addition, students will be able to develop individualized instruction for students based on needs assessment data. Students will also apply their knowledge of age appropriateness in the development of social and personal skills lessons.
|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.
|Characteristics & Identification of Behavior & Learning Disabilities||3|
Course Number: TESE 881
This course provides an in-depth coverage of the identification process, etiologies and characteristics associated with disorders that are categorized as learning disabilities or behavior disorders. Distinction from Pervasive Developmental Disorders and Severe Emotional Disturbance will be discussed.
|Applied Behavior Analysis||3|
Course Number: TESE 882
This course provides an in depth examination of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Students will examine the history and development of ABA as well as the use of ABA in the education of and research with individuals with disabilities.
|Intervention Strategies for Individuals with Behavioral & Emotional Disabilities||3|
Course Number: TESE 883
Prereq: TESE 881 This course will examine research effective strategies and interventions for working with students that have behavioral and emotional disabilities. Interventions appropriate for the three tiers of intervention will be explored.
|Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports||3|
Course Number: TESE 888
This course presents the latest in practices and research in the field of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). Students will be exposed to strategies and interventions to change challenging behavior and effectively maintain appropriate behaviors of students through positive behavior interventions and supports.
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.