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Supervisor of Special Education, MA Ed

Master of Arts in Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $285.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $415.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The role of special education in the U.S. demands oversight to ensure all students with learning disabilities and behavioral challenges have access to quality education.This online program prepares educators to provide administrative oversight for special education programs that meet the needs of students and comply with state and federal regulations. 

The master's degree meets the Nebraska Department of Education requirements for an added Supervisor of Special Education Endorsement or Administrative Certificate for students who have earned a master's degree as principal, or have completed an endorsement program as principal in an accredited Nebraska college or university. Out-of-state students who apply for the Educational Specialist degree and complete the degree program will need to check with their respective state certification officers.

This program is accredited by Teacher Education Association, Nebraska Department of Education and Council on Education for the Deaf
This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education

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

    Bachelor's degree in education from an accredited institution

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    Standard teaching certificate and current Special Education endorsement

  4. Previous work experience

    Two years experience as a Special Education teacher

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

    Two from school administrators plus one from another individual who can comment on applicant's potential to do graduate study and for educational leadership.

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  7. A resume and an essay on why you wish to pursue a career in school administration

  8. Have a satisfactory score on the Praxis I Test if you have not taught for three consecutive years in the same school system

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

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CSP 800Advanced Educational Psychology3

Course Number: CSP 800

This course focuses on school learning, its assessment and factors that are related to it. These factors include, for example, learner's development and characteristics (biological, psychological, cultural and social), learner's exceptionalities, teacher's instructional and behavior management techniques, and social influences. Current issues and problems will be studied and discussed in a seminar setting. There will also be opportunity to study topics of individual concern.

EDAD 831Social Foundations of Education3

Course Number: EDAD 831

Sample Syllabus This course provides insight into the relationship of education to the social order, a rationale for the underlying philosophy of education, and an understanding of how political theory and social forces provide for school organization and authority.

EDAD 833Assessment Leadership3

Course Number: EDAD 833

This course provides educators with the knowledge base and skills required to provide leadership with regards to assessment issues which include but are not exclusive to analysis of data to improve instruction; utilization of assessment instruments for guiding instruction to determine best practices for improved student learning; engagement in continuous evaluation of curriculum and instruction; development of criteria for evaluating data. Using basic knowledge, students will identify an assessment issue of individual significance and develop background information, data, and materials needed to provide leadership with regards to this topic. Prerequisites: enrollment in a Master's or Educational Specialist degree program

EDAD 842Administration of Special Education3

Course Number: EDAD 842

The purpose of this course is to provide the school administrator information concerning legal aspects of special education, identification of special needs students, and options available in programming for handicapped students.

EDAD 848Curriculum Planning3

Course Number: EDAD 848

The current arena in which principals function is constantly being impacted by societal forces and conditions. The class is designed to assist students to understand major curriculum design models, to interpret school district curricula, and to adjust content as needs and conditions change. The course is designed to prepare individuals for positions in educational administration, particularly those who are interested in the school principalship. Students will study the basic principles of curriculum planning as they relate to curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation.

EDAD 851Human Resource Management3

Course Number: EDAD 851

This course deals with aspects of human resource management, including recruitment, selection, orientation, evaluation, staff development, affirmative action, contract management, and collective negotiations. Course emphasis remains on the function of personnel actions on behalf of quality classroom instruction.

EDAD 854Introduction to Educational Administration3

Course Number: EDAD 854

The course is designed to provide an overview of the function of educational administration in school district organizations. Students will explore the role of the school principal as an instructional leader and a change agent. In addition to the comprehensive coverage of theory and research, there will be a focus on practical applications that are designed to help students implement their acquired knowledge.

EDAD 855Supervision of Instruction3

Course Number: EDAD 855

This course is designed to assist students in obtaining entry-level understandings and skills relating to the supervision of instruction.

EDAD 940Administrative Theory3

Course Number: EDAD 940

This course introduces students to aspects of current administrative theory by treating the school district as a social system in need of organization, leadership, and change. Styles and effects of human behavior in organizations are explored.

EDAD 956School/Community Relations3

Course Number: EDAD 956

This course is designed to provide the student with an analysis of principles, practices and materials that facilitate the adjustment and interpretation of schools to their internal and external publics, along with an examination of the function of the media and the roles of schools and community groups in an effective school public relations program.

EDAD 998Internship3-6

Course Number: EDAD 998

Internships are designed to provide administrative experience for students having limited administrative background and to strengthen skills of those who have served as administrators. This course is required for all Specialist Degree candidates.

TE 800Educational Research3

Course Number: TE 800

This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $285.00
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $327.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $855.00
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $981.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $415.00
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $457.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1245.00
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $1371.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • 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.

  • Flexibility

    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.

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