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Supervisor of Special Education

Administrative Endorsement

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $346.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $700.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

This online non-degree program, leading to an administrative endorsement in special education, is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in special education as well as a teaching certificate in special education, who have at least two years of successful teaching experience with persons with disabilities, AND who have already earned a master's degree. This endorsement is ideal if you are interested in advancing your career in leadership and administration of building-level and district-level special education programs. It prepares you to administer special education programs and can help professionals advance their careers and become directors or coordinators of special education.

The program is intended to satisfy requirements for a Nebraska Administrative and Supervisory Certificate, at either the standard or professional level, with administrative endorsements that will qualify you for employment as a special education administrator in P-12 school systems.  
This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (a merger of TEAC and NCATE).

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

    Must be from an accredited university

  2. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    A teaching certificate in special education

  4. Previous work experience

    At least 2 years teaching experience with persons with disabilities

  5. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  8. Letter of application

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY and NC, 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

Fall Semester
July 1
Spring Semester
October 1
Summer Sessions
February 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 811Practicum3

Course Number: EDAD 811

Prereq: Permission May be repeated for credit. Rating and supervision of teachers; principles and procedures in the development of school policies; selection and promotion of teachers; courses of study and professional ethics.

EDAD 830Administrative Theory3

Course Number: EDAD 830

Introduction to classic and contemporary administrative theory as applied to educational organizations. The theoretical nature of the course content is relevant to those with an interest in a broad variety of educational institutions. General organizational theory, organizational models, historical schools of administrative theory, authority, power, motivation, and leadership. Frequently students are involved in studying problems of practice as a means of testing theory.

EDAD 981Introduction to Research3

Course Number: EDAD 981

A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 833Educational Finance3

Course Number: EDAD 833

Critical analysis of the political and economic elements impacting K-12 school finance. Content and activities address both building and district level concerns with an emphasis on principles, programs, and trends in school finance.

EDAD 837Education Law1-4

Course Number: EDAD 837

Evolution, principles, and practice of education law in relation to local, state, and national units of organization. Education law of Nebraska.

EDAD 851Faculty and Staff Appraisal3

Course Number: EDAD 851

Faculty and support staff in P-12 schools: appraisal, professional learning communities, high standards/high performance and accountability.

EDAD 852School Culture and Student Behavior3

Course Number: EDAD 852

School culture and student behavior in P-12 schools. Personalized teaching and learning environments that address student diversity, needs and interests.

EDAD 857Special Education Administration3

Course Number: EDAD 857

(SPED *857) Intensive preparation for special educators who intend to administer special education programs in the public schools. Information about best practices in special education, including programming, supervision, legal/regulatory issues, financing, personnel, as well as current controversial topics which are affecting these programs in the schools.

EDAD 858Special Education Law3

Course Number: EDAD 858

(SPED *858) Body of law that pertains to the organization, administration, and implementation of special education programs in PreK-12 schools. Substantive and procedural rights of disabled students, and the authority and responsibility of states and school districts that are grounded in state and federal law.

EDAD 903Community Relations3

Course Number: EDAD 903

Principles of community relations and public relations; development of school and community understanding; collaboration of educators and community agents and agencies; communication tools and evaluation.

SPED 809Autism Spectrum Disorders3

Course Number: SPED 809

Prereq: SPED 400/800 or equivalent 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 818Behavior Management3

Course Number: SPED 818

For post baccalaureate students obtaining an initial teaching endorsement in mild/moderate disabilities. Course taught via Internet. Introduction to behavior management. Analyze students’ behaviors, define and target behaviors, record and graph behaviors, and develop interventions based on positive reinforcement for improving students’ academic and social behaviors. Introduction to functional assessment, how to use reinforcement to decrease inappropriate behaviors, and guidelines for using punishment ethically and its relative effectiveness.

SPED 843Emotional and Learning Disorders3

Course Number: SPED 843

Prerequisites: SPED 400/800 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 846Foundations of Visual Impairments3

Course Number: SPED 846

Prereq: Admission to visually impaired program; hold or concurrently earn subject/field endorsement 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.

SPED 960Family and School Collaboration3

Course Number: SPED 960

Prereq: Professional experience or completion of one practicum and/or field experience with young children (birth to age 5) or other individuals ages 5 to 21 years who have disabilities. 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.

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: $700.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $752.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $2100.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $2256.75

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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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