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Special Education, K-6, 7-12, K-12 (Mild/Moderate Disabilities)

Graduate Teaching Endorsement

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    25
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $346.00
  • 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

The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders offers a high quality, evidence-based online special education program that prepares you to be a special education teacher for children and youth in elementary grades through high school. You may elect to specialize in one age group (K-6 or 7-12), or focus on K-12 grade levels.  

The program addresses the minimum requirements for a teaching endorsement in special education (formerly known as mild/moderate disabilities) from the Nebraska Department of Education. It provides graduate-level coursework for entry-level educators, as well as for those who have teacher certification and wish to add an endorsement in special education. Up to 18 credit hours may be transferred into a master's degree program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (a merger of TEAC and NCATE).
Sue Kemp, PhD
Associate Professor of Practice

Sue Kemp has spent 13 years working with students with behavioral disorders and learning disabilities—both as a teacher and administrator. She has served on numerous state and national committees whose mission is to provide better education to students with disabilities and is the current and past president for Nebraska state Councils for Exceptional Children and current president of the eNebraska Council for Children with Behavior Disabilities. She teaches courses—both onsite and online—in behavior management and instructional methodology.

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. A license/certificate required

    A teaching certificate is preferred, but not necessary

  4. Taken the GRE

  5. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  6. A written personal statement

  7. 3 letters of recommendation

  8. 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 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
EDPS 854Human Cognition and Instruction3

Course Number: EDPS 854

Basic survey of cognitive psychology and its applications in instruction. Memory, problem solving, cognitive process in reading, research approaches, and applications to teaching.

SPED 800Characteristics of Exceptional Persons3

Course Number: SPED 800

Etiology, growth and development, and characteristics of persons who differ from the norm.

SPED 804Managing Challenging Behavior3

Course Number: SPED 804

Prereq: SPED 800, *802, *803; or permission. Functional approaches that can be used by teachers and mental health practitioners for assessing, preventing, and managing children’s challenging behavior. Basics of applied behavior analysis, functional analyses of behavior, individual- and group-oriented interventions, self-management training, and strategies for promoting generalization.

SPED 806Reading and Writing Disabilities: Adolescents1-3

Course Number: SPED 806

(TEAC 806) (1-3 cr, max 6) Lec. Prereq: Parallel SPED 806A Theory and techniques for assessing and teaching word identification, vocabulary, comprehension and writing skills in grades 7 to 12.

SPED 806AReading Center Practicum II1-3 cr, max 3

Course Number: SPED 806A

Prereq: Permission Cross-listed with TEAC 806A SPED/TEAC 806A requires two hours per week in a Reading Center. Teaching/tutoring experience evaluating and instructing students with reading problems in a Reading Center. Assessment, instructional planning, delivery of instruction, writing diagnostic reports and parent communication.

SPED 807Teaching Students with Disabilities in the Secondary School3

Course Number: SPED 807

Prereq: SPED 201 or 800 Information about the mildly/moderately disabled secondary-level student; including characteristics, assessment, models for programs, social skill training, behavior management, working with parents, and curriculum modification.

SPED 812Assessment Techniques for Diverse Learners3

Course Number: SPED 812

Prereq: SPED 201 and 303 The role of general education teachers in the primary purposes of assessment of learners with diverse needs. Knowledge and experience with interpreting norm-referenced test information as related to planning educational programs. Use of assessment information for instructional planning and evaluation. Testing accommodations and classroom grading.

SPED 814Instructional Methods for Students with Diverse Needs3

Course Number: SPED 814

Prereq: SPED 201 and 303. Instructional methods and accommodations for special education and general education teachers necessary to work successfully with students with disabilities or who are at-risk for academic failure. Curriculum modification, classroom management, strategy instruction, and instructional modifications for content areas.

SPED 815Reading and Writing Disabilities: Elementary Students1-3

Course Number: SPED 815

(1-3 cr, max 6) Fld. Prereq: Parallel SPED 815A For elementary education majors: SPED 201, TEAC 311 and 313. For SPED majors: SPED 201, 302, 303, and 304; or equivalent. Theory and techniques for assessing and teaching early literacy skills in small groups and one-on-one for children who struggle with literacy. A. Reading Center Practicum: Elementary Students (1-3 cr, max 3)

SPED 815AReading Center Practicum Elementary1-3 cr, max 3

Course Number: SPED 815A

Prereq: Parallel SPED 815.  For elementary education majors: SPED 201, TEAC 311 and 313. For SPED majors: SPED 201, 302, 303, and 304; or equivalent. A. Reading Center Practicum: Elementary Students (1-3 cr, max 3)

SPED 820Mathematics Instruction for Diverse Learners3

Course Number: SPED 820

Prerequisite Courses: Completion of all deficiency courses (SPED 201, 400, or 800, SPED 412 or 812, SPED 413 or 813, SPED 414 or 814 This course and associated practicum is designed to meet professional standards (i.e., Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Accreditation Council) for teachers in the area of instruction for diverse learners. Emphasis is placed on supplemental basic skills and concepts instruction for diverse learners within response to intervention models and on mathematics instruction. More specifically, the course and associated practicum is designed to ensure that prospective educators can select, deliver, and evaluate standard protocol and individualized instructional interventions to diverse learners.

SPED 880Educating Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities3

Course Number: SPED 880

SPED 480/880 requires observation in schools and applied assignments. Concepts related to history, definitions, identification, etiology, and assessment of students with intellectual impairments and developmental disabilities. Attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes concerning persons with intellectual impairments and other developmental disabilities. Instructional methods, adaptations and teaming, to provide individualized interventions and to include students in least restrictive environments and/or general education settings.

SPED 896Directed Field Experience1-6

Course Number: SPED 896

(1-6 cr, max 12) Prereq: Permission B. Behavior Disorders D. Deaf/Hard of Hearing E. General Special Education J. Gifted/Talented L. Learning Disabilities M. Mildly/Moderate Disabilities P. Severe Disabilities Q. Early Childhood Special Education T. Transition V. Visual Impairments Y. Inclusion

SPED 897MStudent Teaching Exceptional Learners Mild Moderate Disabilities1-9 cr, max 15

Course Number: SPED 897M

Prereq: Permission Laboratory and teaching experience in the area(s) of specialization.

SPED 897ZStudent Teaching Exceptional Learners Multicultural Education1-9 cr, max 15

Course Number: SPED 897Z

Prereq: Permission Laboratory and teaching experience in the area(s) of specialization.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $346.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $398.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1038.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1194.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $609.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $661.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1827.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1983.75

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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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