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Special Education K-6

Graduate Endorsement

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    46
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $293.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $425.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

This online special education program will prepare students with the knowledge base and competencies necessary to teach special education. An initial teaching license is available through this program for students with a bachelor's degree in the area. 

The special education K-6 endorsement is an individualized program designed for teachers who do not presently have an endorsement in Special Education. This program meets certification requirements in the state of Nebraska. Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements. 

Nebraska Provisional Certification

Once a student has completed three credit hours in special education and a program of study has been developed by a university, the student is eligible to apply for a provisional endorsement. This allows the student to begin working in the field while pursuing their full endorsement or degree. A minimum 18 credit hours must be completed every three years to maintain this status. The provisional status may be renewed for an additional three years.

Master's Degree Option

A student may also pursue a master's degree in Special Education  while working toward their endorsement. The master's program is typically nine credit hours beyond the requirements for the endorsement.

About Faculty

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.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY and NC, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 15
Spring Semester
October 15
Summer Sessions
March 15

An individualized program of study will be completed for each individual seeking the  special education K-6 endorsement. The number of required courses will vary depending on a transcript analysis.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MATH 230Math for Elementary Teachers II3

Course Number: MATH 230

Prereq: MATH 102GS* or MATH 104* or permission OR Math ACT score of 20 or greater and 4 years of high school mathematics including 2 years of algebra and 1 year of geometry and a senior level math course. Numeration, sets, relations, bases, and a detailed development of the number system from an elementary school point of view.

MATH 330Math for Elementary Teachers II3

Course Number: MATH 330

Algebraic and geometric topics as related to elementary mathematics.

TE 311Math Methods I2

Course Number: TE 311

Prereq: TE 204 Coreq: TE 313 and MATH 230* This course focuses on the teaching of mathematics in an elementary classroom setting. The philosophy of teaching mathematics, as advocated by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics will be introduced. The teaching methodology will center on the mathematical content strands of number/operation and algebra as well as the process strands of problem solving, making connections, and reasoning.

TE 312Math Methods II2

Course Number: TE 312

Prereq: TE 311* and admission to Teacher Education Coreq: TE 313 This course focuses on the teaching of mathematics in an elementary classroom setting. The philosophy of teaching mathematics, as advocated by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics will be emphasized. The teaching methodology will center on mathematics content strands of number/operation, geometry/measurement, and data analysis and probability.

TE 313Field Experiece: Math.5

Course Number: TE 313

Prereq: none Coreq: TE 311* or TE 312* The course is designed to provide practical application of effective mathematics instructional skills and assessment techniques. Students will be placed in one or more elementary classroom settings for a total of fifty (50) clock hours. Students will develop and implement math activities, lessons plans, and assessment procedures with individual students, small groups, and the entire class.

TE 314Phonics and Word Study2

Course Number: TE 314

Prereq: TE 318* or TE 319 AND admission to Teacher Education Coreq: TE 315 and TE 316 and TE 317 This is a two-credit undergraduate course designed to teach phonics/word study skill instruction in inclusive K-6 classrooms. The course will emphasize phonemic awareness, phonics, sight word recognition, and spelling in a balanced literacy program.

TE 315Literacy Assessment2

Course Number: TE 315

Prereq: admission to Teacher Education Coreq: TE 314* and TE 316 and TE 317 This course emphasizes the assessment of literacy in grades kindergarten through three. The teacher candidate will learn how to administer and interpret assessments of reading and writing ability.

TE 316Primary Grades Literacy2

Course Number: TE 316

Prereq: admission to Teacher Education Coreq: TE 314* and TE 315 and TE 317 This course focuses on the teaching of literacy in the primary grades (K-3). The course will emphasize a balanced literacy perspective for the development of reading and writing abilities by primary age children in the inclusive primary grades classroom.

TE 317Field Experience: Literacy2

Course Number: TE 317

Prereq: admission to Teacher Education Coreq: TE 314* and TE 315 and TE 316 The course is designed to provide practical application of effective primary literacy instructional skills and assessment techniques. Students will be placed in one or more elementary (Kindergarten to Grade 3) classroom settings for a total of fifty (50) clock hours. Students will develop and implement primary literacy lessons plans and assessment procedures.

TE 805POverview of Assistive Technology3

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.

TESE 816DPracticum in Special Education3-6

Course Number: TESE 816D

This course is designed to provide student teaching experience in the specific areas of Assistive Technology, Behaviorally Impaired, Early Childhood Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, and Secondary/transition. Student teachers are directly supervised by their cooperating teachers and university faculty. The required minimum number of weeks of full-time teaching is as follows: 3 weeks for 3 credit hours and 7 weeks for 6 credit hours. The supervised teaching may continue for up to one semester.

TESE 830Consultation & Collaboration with Families & Agencies Serving Individuals with Disabilities3

Course Number: TESE 830

This course involves the study and application of specific communication skills that teachers may use in conferences, in team meetings, and while collaborating or consulting with others. Skills in listening, empathizing, and interpreting body language are practiced within the educational context. This course also provides specific information about families, family systems, and meeting the needs of families.

TESE 837PMedical Aspects of Individuals with Disabilities3

Course Number: TESE 837P

This course provides students with a general knowledge of the medical conditions seen in children with disabilities. It will familiarize students with terminology, medications, procedures, equipment, and interventions used for children with medical complications. Teacher responsibilities in regards to medical conditions will be covered.

TESE 861Legal Issues in Special Education3

Course Number: TESE 861

This course provides students with the competencies needed to develop individualized programming for children with exceptionalities. Verification criteria, parent's rights, IEP development and implementation, goal and objective development, placement procedures and IEP monitoring will be emphasized.

TESE 862Formal and Informal Assessment in Special Education3

Course Number: TESE 862

This course is designed to introduce students to the assessment process in special education by addressing procedural safeguards; data collection via informal and standardized procedures; issues in assessment; psychometric properties of standardized tests; and administration, scoring, and interpretation of selected instruments.

TESE 863Research Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities3

Course Number: TESE 863

The course is designed to address the instructional needs of students with disabilities. Students will learn to synthesize research on instructional techniques for classroom application. Academic instructional interventions will be emphasized. Students will apply their knowledge of lesson development and classroom management strategies through an action research project. Contains a field component.

TESE 864PField Experience in Special Education1

Course Number: TESE 864P

The course is designed to provide practical application of learned skills. Students will be placed in an elementary special education setting for a total of fifty clock hours. Students will develop and implement lesson plans and a behavior change plan.

TESE 867Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning3

Course Number: TESE 867

This course is designed for graduate level students to examine function-based behavior intervention strategies 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.

TESE 872Strategies for Teaching students with Intellectual Disabilites3

Course Number: TESE 872

The course is designed to prepare future educators to provide services for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on interventions for life skills, communication, vocational, and functional academics. Additional interventions will include community-based instruction, study skills, and assessment of alternate curriculum. Accommodations and modifications to allow the child to be included in the general education curriculum will also be explored.

TESE 873Teaching Students with Multiple Disabilities3

Course Number: TESE 873

The course is designed to prepare future educators to provide services for individuals with multiple disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on interventions for life skills, communication, and academics. In addition, future educators will gain knowledge on issues of mobility and positioning which will enhance a child's ability to reach their full potential. Accommodations and modifications to allow the child to be included in the general education curriculum will also be explored.

TESE 879PTeaching Social Skills to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3

Course Number: TESE 879P

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to teach social skills. Students will be exposed to various social skill programs on the market that have been designed for students with special needs. The development of social stories and social scripts will be emphasized.  Students will apply their knowledge of lesson plan development in the development of age appropriate social skill lessons.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $293.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $345.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $879.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1035.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $425.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $477.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1275.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1431.75

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