Special Education, MA Ed (Advanced Practitioner - Functional Academic Skills & Independent Living)
Master of Arts in Education Degree in Special Education with an Emphasis in Advanced Practitioner - Functional Academic Skills and Independent Living
Why Pursue This Program
The online Special Education Advanced Practitioner with emphasis in Functional Academic Skills and Independent Living, Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) degree program is designed for individuals with a passion for creating life skills programs for individuals with disabilities.
Why chose this program?
- Learn how to create and implement life skill programs.
- Gain knowledge in assisting students in the transition from public school to post-school work environments.
- Acquire strategies to assist teachers in including students with multiple disabilities in the general education classroom.
- Prepare for doctoral programs in education aimed to help individuals with more progressed disabilities.
Upon completion of this program, students are eligible for Nebraska endorsement as a Functional Academic Skills and Independent Living Specialist. Students seeking endorsement in other states should check with their state department of education.
This endorsement allows the individual to teach children identified as having one of four disabilities:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Multiple Disabilities
- Traumatic Brain Injury
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 Special Education, MA Ed, Advanced Practitioner program:
The Master of Arts in Education: Special Education Advanced Practitioner program is designed for teachers who currently hold certification in Special Education and would like to further their education.
Students have four options to choose from:
- Behavior Intervention Specialist
- Inclusion and Collaboration Specialist
- Assistive Technology Specialist Emphasis
- Functional Academic Skills and Independent Living Specialist Emphasis
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.
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.