Special Education Generalist K-6, Graduate Endorsement

Graduate Endorsement in Special Education Generalist K to 6

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 46
  • $315.00
  • $444.00

Program Overview

The online Special Education Generalist with an emphasis in K-6, Graduate Endorsement is designed for individuals who have a passion for special education. 

Why choose this program: 

  • Gain a knowledge base and competencies to teach special education.
  • Individualized instruction is designed to meet your specific needs.
  • Obtain an endorsement in Special Education in the state of Nebraska.
  • Pursue your master's degree while working on this endorsement. 

An initial teaching license is available through this program for students with a bachelor's degree in the area. This program meets certification requirements in the state of Nebraska. Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements.

Pursue your masters in Special Education: The Special Education, MA Ed. Special Education Generalist is typically 9 credit hours beyond the requirements of this endorsement. 

Career Outlook: Special education teachers engage with children and youth that have a wide variety of disabilities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the need for special education teachers will grow by about 8% from 2016-2026. Although most special education teachers work in public schools, some find jobs in the private sector taking care of special needs children in childcare services and other institutions.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

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

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions.
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

An individualized program of study will be completed for each individual seeking the special education K-6 generalist endorsement. The number of required courses will vary depending on a transcript analysis. Additional coursework may include literacy, math and working with families may be required.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TESE 837PMedical Aspects of Individuals with Disabilities3
This course provides students with a general knowledge of the medical conditions seen in children with disabilities. It will familiarize students with terminology, medications, procedures, equipment, and interventions used for children with medical complications. Teacher responsibilities in regards to medical conditions will be covered.
TE 805POverview of Assistive Technology3
This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored.
TESE 863Research-Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities3
The course is designed to address the instructional needs of students with disabilities. Students will learn to synthesize research on instructional techniques for classroom application. Academic instructional interventions will be emphasized. Students will apply their knowledge of lesson development and classroom management strategies through an action research project. Contains a field component.
TESE 873Teaching Students with Multiple Disabilities3
The course is designed to prepare future educators to provide services for individuals with multiple disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on interventions for life skills, communication, and academics. In addition, future educators will gain knowledge on issues of mobility and positioning which will enhance a child's ability to reach their full potential. Accommodations and modifications to allow the child to be included in the general education curriculum will also be explored.
TESE 879PTeaching Social Skills to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to teach Social and Personal Skills for students with disabilities. Students will be exposed to various Social and Personal Skills programs and strategies that are presently available that have been designed for students with special needs. The development of role play, problem solving, social story, and social script techniques will be emphasized. In addition, students will be able to develop individualized instruction for students based on needs assessment data. Students will also apply their knowledge of age appropriateness in the development of social and personal skills lessons.
TESE 830Consultation & Collaboration with Families & Agencies Serving Individuals with Disabilities3
This course involves the study and application of specific communication skills that teachers may use in conferences, in team meetings, and while collaborating or consulting with others. Skills in listening, empathizing, and interpreting body language are practiced within the educational context. This course also provides specific information about families, family systems, and meeting the needs of families.
TESE 864PField Experience in Special Education1
The course is designed to provide practical application of learned skills. Students will be placed in an elementary special education setting for a total of fifty clock hours. Students will develop and implement lesson plans and a behavior change plan.
TESE 867Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning3
This course is designed for graduate level students to examine function-based behavior intervention strategies individuals with disabilities who engage in challenging behavior. Students will be taught basic elements of functional analysis that includes: defining, observing, and recording behaviors as well as the creation of graphic displays for analysis. Ethical standards for behavior management, crisis intervention, and positive behavioral support will be highlighted. This course contains a functional assessment/intervention field component.
TESE 861Legal Issues in Special Education3
This course provides students with the competencies needed to develop individualized programming for children with exceptionalities. Verification criteria, parent's rights, IEP development and implementation, goal and objective development, placement procedures and IEP monitoring will be emphasized.
TESE 862Formal and Informal Assessment in Special Education3
This course is designed to introduce students to the assessment process in special education by addressing procedural safeguards; data collection via informal and standardized procedures; issues in assessment; psychometric properties of standardized tests; and administration, scoring, and interpretation of selected instruments.
TESE 872Strategies for Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities3
The course is designed to prepare future educators to provide services for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on interventions for life skills, communication, vocational and functional academics. Additional interventions will include community-based instruction, study skills and assessment of alternate curriculum. Accommodations and modifications to allow the child to be included in the general education curriculum will also be explored.
TESE 816DPracticum in Special Education (TESE 816D)3 - 6
This course is designed to provide student teaching experience in the specific areas of Assistive Technology, Behaviorally Impaired, Early Childhood Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, and Secondary/transition. Student teachers are directly supervised by their cooperating teachers and university faculty. The required minimum number of weeks of full-time teaching is as follows: 3 weeks for 3 credit hours and 7 weeks for 6 credit hours. The supervised teaching may continue for up to one semester.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Sue Kemp, Ph.D.
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.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 10
  • Spring SemesterNov 10
  • Summer SessionsApr 10