Special Education, Graduate Certificate (Sensory Disabilities)

Graduate Certificate in Special Education with a Specialization in Sensory Disabilities

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 12
    Credits
  • $357.00
    In-State
  • $750.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Graduate Certificate program in Sensory Disabilities provides additional education for professionals interested in students with sensory disabilities (students who are deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired). 

 Students choose the Graduate Certificate program in Sensory Disabilities because they want to:  

  • Gain insight into unique programs and services available to students with sensory disabilities.
  • Collaborate with families of students with sensory disabilities through specialized instructional methods. 
  • Acquire a deeper understanding of how to work with and support students with unique sensory learning needs. 

Note: 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.

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.

More about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders:

The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders (SECD) is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with special needs, their families, schools, and communities. 

The vision is that every individual with special needs will:

  • Achieve maximum potential for learning.
  • Communicate autonomously.
  • Enjoy optimum health and well-being throughout the lifespan.

Students have the ability to choose to:   

  • Take one or a few classes of interest.
  • Pursue the teaching endorsement or graduate certificate.
  • Complete a graduate degree.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Must be from an accredited institution

  2. 2.5 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 contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
  2. Pay the non-refundable fee of $50 application processing fee.
  3. Apply and be admitted to the department.

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Students may choose to take SPED 852 or SPED 873.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SPED 852Instructional Methods for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments3
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.
SPED 873Teaching Content Areas to the Hearing Impaired3
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.
SPED 872Psychology and Sociology of Deafness3
Brief overview of education of the hearing impaired including history of, professional roles in, and educational programming within this field. Overview of social/psychological theories as related to the hearing impaired. Patterns of social/emotional development, psychological characteristics, issues of the family stress and social adaptation and discussion of counseling techniques.
SPED 960Family and School Collaboration in Special Education3
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.
SPED 846Foundations of Visual Impairment: Programs and Services for Individuals with Visual Impairments3
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.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$357.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$409.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1071.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1227.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$750.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$802.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$2250.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$2406.75
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 optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines

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