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Special Education (Behavior Specialist)

Graduate Certificate

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    18
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $325.50
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $609.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

Surveys of school personnel consistently indicate behavior management is the area with which they want more experience and training. Further, increasing numbers of students today are presenting more severe, challenging behaviors and mental health problems (e.g., depression, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder) than in previous decades. 

The Behavior Specialist graduate certificate option provides focused, advanced coursework and training for personnel in the fields of special education, school counseling, psychology, social work and school administration to address behavioral challenges many students present in schools. Recipients of the certificate will be equipped to proactively and positively intervene at a high level with students who present challenging behaviors.

Students who obtain this graduate certificate may meet eligibility requirements for the Behavior Intervention Specialist supplemental endorsement from the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE). Interested students should work closely with their adviser(s) regarding this NDE endorsement. 

Reece Peterson, PhD
Professor Special Education and Communication Disorders

Dr. Peterson specializes in the education of students with emotional or behavioral disorders. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to student behavior as well as special education administration.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Must be from an accredited institution

  2. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    Explain why you want to earn this graduate certificate, how it would enhance your professional goals and future work, and how the graduate certificate coursework complements your current or most recent college degree program.

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

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

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to the Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

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

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SPED 809Autism Spectrum Disorders: Effective Assessment & Intervention3

Course Number: SPED 809

SPED 809 requires observation in schools and applied assignments. Designed for educators of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in school settings. Assessment strategies to identify characteristics of ASDs focused on individual needs and strengths-based outcomes. Knowledge and skills regarding evidence-based practices and individualized educational programs.

SPED 824Functional Behavior Assessment3

Course Number: SPED 824

Functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) and development of behavior intervention plans (BIPs) based on the assessments. Contextual and curriculum manipulations, and replacement behavior training.

SPED 843Characteristics of LD and EBD3

Course Number: SPED 843

Learning, academic, behavioral, social-emotional and language characteristics of students who are classified as having disabilities for purposes of special education. Definitions, classification systems, assessment and verification criteria, and medications for students with learning and emotional disabilities.

SPED 907BSeminar in Behavioral Needs1-3

Course Number: SPED 907B

SPED 942Strategic Interventions for Students with Behavioral Needs1-3

Course Number: SPED 942

Strategic therapy structures and cognitive-behavioral interventions for school and clinical professionals dealing with students who present significant behavioral challenges. Issues in assessment, intervention, and consultation are addressed.

SPED 954Behavioral Systems and Interventions for Schools3

Course Number: SPED 954

Understanding of models for the delivery of mental health services in schools; and plan and deliver psychosocial interventions in school settings. Evidence-based interventions delivered at the classroom and school-wide levels emphasized with a three-tiered prevention model of service delivery appropriate for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $325.50
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $367.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $976.50
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $1103.25

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $609.00
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $651.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1827.00
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $1953.75

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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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