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Special Education, MS (Behavior Intervention Specialist)

Master of Science

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $332.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $408.00

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This online Master of Science in Special Education with a concentration in Behavior Intervention Specialist is designed for teachers, and other professionals, who wish to pursue an advanced degree in special education with an emphasis in behavior disorders and interventions. 

Certified teachers, and other professionals, who consistently work with at-risk youth or who want more specific information about working with children and youth with behavioral challenges will find this program beneficial to their careers. 

Students may choose from three program options available: 1) master of science with endorsement 2) master of science only, or 3) endorsement only

This flexibility makes the program applicable to teachers looking for an additional endorsement, as well as for professionals working in related fields such as social work, counseling and speech language pathology who may be interested in the master's degree without pursuing the teaching endorsement.

This program is designed for:

  • Teachers with a valid teaching certificate who wish to increase their knowledge of working with children with behavior disorders and their families
  • Related personnel who serve children with behavior disorders and their families, and are not pursuing teaching certification
This program is accredited by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher 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

  2. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Completed coursework

    Students must have completed SPED 4800/8806 Social/Emotional Development of Children and Youth (or equivalent child development course) and EDUC 2510 Applied Special Education or SPED 8030 Teaching Students with Exceptionalities (or equivalent introduction to special education course) and math and reading methods courses. Please call or request info to be put in touch with an adviser for more information.

  4. A license/certificate required

    Valid teaching certificate with special education endorsement is required for students who desire the endorsement

  5. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  6. A written personal statement

    Cover topics such as your interest, experience, and career goals.

  7. 2 letters of recommendation

  8. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  9. For students interested in becoming endorsed in Nebraska, a passing score on the PRAXIS II content test is required

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

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Master's degree students choose from SPED 8830 Internship in Behavior Intervention Specialist (PK-6 or 7-12) or SPED 8840 Advanced Practicum in Behavior Intervention Specialist (PK-6 or 7-12).

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SPED 8016Mental Health in Schools: Risk Factors and Interventions3

Course Number: SPED 8016

SPED 8120High Incidence Disabilities3

Course Number: SPED 8120

This introductory course is designed to examine characteristics of learners with high incidence disabilities and the impact of those characteristics on learning. The focus will be on the manifestation of disabilities including learning disabilities, behavior disorders, mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, speech and language disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. These topics are intended to prepare candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.

SPED 8156Reading and Writing for Students with Disabilities3

Course Number: SPED 8156

This course is designed to provide preservice teacher candidates and graduate candidates skills and strategies for instructing students with mild to moderate disabilities that struggle to acquire literacy skills. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis and assessment of specific reading and writing difficulties to determine effective instructional strategies. Instructional strategies will address modifications directed at teaching oral language, reading, writing, and spelling skills.

SPED 8656Transition Planning3

Course Number: SPED 8656

Prereq: EDUC 2510 for SPED 4650 Curriculum oriented for teachers and related professionals to work with the career development and transition of individuals with disabilities within a multicultural and global society. Includes information for elementary through adulthood with emphasis on transition from high school to community living. This course will prepare candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.

SPED 8810Research Methods in Special Education3

Course Number: SPED 8810

Prereq: SPED 8120 High Incidence Disabilities This course is designed to provide an examination of the theoretical approaches to conducting educational research, research design and analysis, and interpretation and evaluation of existing research in special education and related fields. All of these topics are intended to prepare candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.

SPED 8816Classroom Management3

Course Number: SPED 8816

This course introduces a variety of practical techniques that teachers may use in the management of classroom behavior. Models of classroom management are presented that vary in the amount of control used by the teacher. This course will prepare special education candidates to be dedicated professionals, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.

SPED 8820Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders3

Course Number: SPED 8820

This course is designed to assess and examine the causes and characteristics of behavioral disorders, which constitute internalizing, externalizing, and pervasive developmental disorders. Extensive use of the case study method will be used. Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Science degree program in special education

SPED 8830Internship in Behavior Intervention Specialist (PK-6 or 7-12)3

Course Number: SPED 8830

This course provides candidates with either inservice experience or placement in a school program for students with Behavioral Disorders at an academic level commensurate with the candidate's desired level of endorsement (PK- 9, or 7-12). This course will prepare graduate candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.

SPED 8850Instructional Strategies for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders3

Course Number: SPED 8850

The focus of the course will be on interventions which have been effective with students with behavior disorders which include life space intervention, social skills training, anger management, and cognitive behavior modification in multi-cultural settings. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and successful completion of SPED 8820

SPED 8860Behavior Modification3

Course Number: SPED 8860

This course is designed to equip candidates with the skills necessary to assess, modify, and evaluate behavior in accordance with best practice and research-based approaches. In addition, this course will train candidates on how to conduct a functional behavioral assessment and create behavioral intervention plans in accordance with IDEA. This course will prepare graduate candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.

SPED 8870Autism Spectrum Disorders: Behavioral Supports and Interventions3

Course Number: SPED 8870

This course is designed to provide information on the behavioral characteristics, instructional needs and necessary curriculum development specifically for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program in special education

SPED 8910Assessment in Special Education3

Course Number: SPED 8910

This course provides an overview of measurement and evaluation concepts, strategies, and techniques that are appropriate for students with special needs. Graduate candidates will implement and analyze formal and informal assessments using a systematic and comprehensive approach. Emphasis is placed on those assessment strategies that yield objective data regarding individual learning characteristics that provide a basis for educational decision-making. The course will prepare special education graduate candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.

SPED 8980Professional Collaboration3

Course Number: SPED 8980

This course is designed to prepare candidates to work in collaboration with other professionals and parents to create a learning environment that enhances the potential for academic success and improvement of instructional practices. The focus will be on collaborative problem solving.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $332.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $384.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $996.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1152.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $408.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $460.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1224.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1380.75

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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.

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    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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