This online certificate in sensory disabilities provides additional education for professionals interested in students with sensory disabilities. Through focused coursework about unique programs and services, collaboration with families and specialized instructional methods, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to effectively work with and support students who have unique sensory learning needs. This program is offered online during the academic year.
The Graduate Certificate in Sensory Disabilities does not qualify the holder to apply for a Nebraska teaching endorsement in Deaf Education or Visual Impairment. Students interested in pursuing an endorsement in either Deaf Education or Visual Impairment will need to complete additional coursework.
Dr. Eccarius teaches academic courses and supervises field experience, research and student teaching. Her primary research interest is in visual literacy. Dr. Eccarius has taught students who are deaf or hard of hearing for more than 40 years and has also spent 12 years as an academic diagnostician on the multidisciplinary evaluation team at the Boys Town National Research Hospital.
Must be from an accredited institution
(Only required if English is not your native language)
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.
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
Students may choose to take SPED 852 or SPED 873.
|Foundations of Visual Impairment: Programs and Services for Individuals with Visual Impairments||3|
Course Number: SPED 846
Current educational programs and services for children with visual impairments, as well as children with multiple disabilities. History of educational services, developmental characteristics, psycho-social aspects, history of legislation, and grade I Braille.
|Instructional Methods for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments||3|
Course Number: SPED 852
Methods and materials for educating children who are totally blind or have low vision, including students with multiple impairments. Practical skills in selecting, designing, and/or modifying materials for content area subjects: mathematics, science, social studies, creative arts, foreign language, and other subjects.
|Psychology and Sociology of Deafness||3|
Course Number: SPED 872
Education of the hearing impaired including history of, professional roles in, and educational programming within this field. Social/psychological theories as related to the hearing impaired. Patterns of social/emotional development, psychological characteristics, issues of family stress and social adaptation and discussion of counseling techniques.
|Teaching Content Areas to the Hearing Impaired||3|
Course Number: SPED 873
Methods for teaching content areas (science, math, and social studies) to hearing impaired students from preschool through grade 12. Adapting curricula and materials from these areas for the hearing impaired students.
|Family and School Collaboration in Special Education||3|
Course Number: SPED 960
Functions and interactions of both family and education systems. Impact of having a child with a disability on the normal and stressed family system. Promote family-professional partnerships in assessment and intervention for the child and/or student with an IFSP/IEP. Communication skills are reviewed and practiced for effective teaming among educators and for interviewing, consulting, collaborating and coaching with family members and other community team members.
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.
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.