Special Education Inclusion and Collaboration Specialist (ICS), Graduate Endorsement

Graduate Endorsement in Special Education with an Emphasis in Inclusion and Collaboration Specialist (ICS)

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 21
  • $315.00
  • $444.00

Program Overview

The online Special Education Inclusion and Collaboration Specialist (ICS), Graduate Endorsement is designed for individuals with a passion for creating positive learning environments for all students.  

Why choose this program?

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of individuals with learning and behavioral disabilities.
  • Acquire the skills needed to effectively collaborate with other professionals to develop positive learning environments for all students.
  • Explore approaches for co-teaching, differentiation strategies and other interventions for serving students with disabilities and English Language Learners served in the general education classroom.

Upon completion of this program, students are eligible for a Nebraska endorsement as an Inclusion and Collaboration Specialist. Students seeking endorsement in other states should check with their state department of education.

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

  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  3. A teacher certification in any discipline

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

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

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TESE 885Inclusion and Differentiation Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom3
The course addresses the instructional needs of all students with exceptionalities (disabilities and giftedness) as well as those from culturally diverse backgrounds in integrated settings. Special education referral process, Response to Intervention, Section 504, analysis of instruction/environment and its impact on learning, assignment/assessment modification, behavioral issues, and evaluation of student learning will be the emphasis. Research-based intervention strategies to differentiate instruction will also be presented.
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 863Research Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities3
This course is designed to address the wide range of instructional needs of students with disabilities. Students will learn to synthesize and evaluate 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. Contains a field component.
TESE 886Co-Teaching and Collaborative Services3
The focus of this course addresses the co-teaching instructional model. Co-teaching is a strategy of teaching that is not easily employed by all professionals in the field. The ability to develop a culture of trust with one's co-teacher is essential to the success of the co-teaching model and classroom. To ensure this success, this course will introduce co-teaching models and strategies that will be able to be implemented in the rural setting as well as the urban setting. Topics will include co-teaching in a wide variety of settings including: charter schools, online schools, brick and mortar schools, homeschools, private and parochial schools and military based schools both at home and overseas. Additionally, this course will focus on the necessity of professionalism when collaborating with ELL instructors, para-professionals, home instructors, parents, school support service personnel, etc. Particular focus will be placed on the special educator/support facilitator's relationship with the general educator. This course will also include a wide variety of both national and international collaborative services and agencies available to support co-teachers in their mission to successfully educate all children inclusively.
TESE 881Characteristics and Identification of Behavior and Learning Disabilities3
This course provides an in-depth coverage of the identification process, etiologies and characteristics associated with disorders that are categorized as learning disabilities or behavior disorders. Distinction from Pervasive Developmental Disorders and Severe Emotional Disturbance will be discussed.
TESE 840Bilingual Special Education3
Students will be exposed to the latest research into the education of English language learners with disabilities, their identification, assessment, and instruction. Particular attention will be paid to the development of Appropriate Individualized Education Plans that reflect culturally responsive instruction in both segregated and inclusive environments.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

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
  • Fall SemesterJul 10
  • Spring SemesterNov 10
  • Summer SessionApr 10