Special Education, MS (Behavior Intervention Specialist)

Master of Science Degree in Special Education with a Concentration in Behavior Intervention Specialist

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 36
    Credits
  • $351.00
    In-State
  • $457.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Special Education, Master of Science with a concentration in Behavior Intervention Specialist program is designed for teachers and other professionals who wish to pursue an advanced degree in special education with an emphasis in behavior disorders and interventions.

Students choose the Special Education, MS (Behavior Intervention Specialist) program because: 

  • The course of study accompanies practical experiences grounded in learned society theory, research and evidence-based practice. 
  • They become prepared to facilitate, design, implement and evaluate programs for individuals with disabilities.
  • Interpersonal skills that make the students members of a valued, collaborative, interdisciplinary team.
  • Problem-solving skills allowing candidates to boarded their skills and expertise.

Students may choose from three options when completing this program:

  • Master of Science with an endorsement in Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Master of Science only
  • Endorsement only

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.

Employment in this field is expected to grow 22 percent through 2020, above average for all occupations according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition to the school system, there is a high demand for behavior specialists in group homes, residential treatment centers, early intervention centers, local health agencies and the social service sector. 

The program benefits individuals who consistently work with at-risk youth and want more specific information for working with children and youth with behavioral challenges.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Completed coursework

    Students must have completed SPED 4800/8806 Social/Emotional Development of Children and Youth (or equivalent child development course) and EDUC 2510 Applied Special Education or SPED 8030 Teaching Students with Exceptionalities (or equivalent introduction to special education course) and math and reading methods courses. Please call or request info to be put in touch with an adviser for more information.

  4. A license/certificate required

    Valid teaching certificate with special education endorsement is required for students who desire the endorsement

  5. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  6. A written personal statement

    Cover topics such as your interest, experience, and career goals.

  7. 2 letters of recommendation

  8. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  9. For students interested in becoming endorsed in Nebraska, a passing score on the PRAXIS II content test is required

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

Master's degree students choose from SPED 8830 Internship in Behavior Intervention Specialist (PK-6 or 7-12) or SPED 8840 Advanced Practicum in Behavior Intervention Specialist (PK-6 or 7-12).

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SPED 8850Instructional Strategies for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders3
The focus of the course will be on interventions which have been effective with students with behavior disorders which include life space intervention, social skills training, anger management, and cognitive behavior modification in multi-cultural settings. This course will prepare special education candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.
SPED 8980Professional Collaboration3
This course is designed to prepare candidates to work in collaboration with other professionals and parents to create a learning environment that enhances the potential for academic success and improvement of instructional practices. The focus will be on collaborative problem solving.
SPED 8156Reading and Writing for Students with Disabilities3
This course is designed to provide preservice teacher candidates and graduate candidates skills and strategies for instructing students with mild to moderate disabilities that struggle to acquire literacy skills. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis and assessment of specific reading and writing difficulties to determine effective instructional strategies. Instructional strategies will address modifications directed at teaching oral language, reading, writing, and spelling skills.
SPED 8120High Incidence Disabilities3
This introductory course is designed to examine characteristics of learners with high incidence disabilities and the impact of those characteristics on learning. The focus will be on the manifestation of disabilities including learning disabilities, behavior disorders, mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, speech and language disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. These topics are intended to prepare candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.
SPED 8816Classroom Management3
This course introduces a variety of practical techniques that teachers may use in the management of classroom behavior. Models of classroom management are presented that vary in the amount of control used by the teacher. This course will prepare special education candidates to be dedicated professionals, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.
SPED 8656Transition Planning3
Prereq: EDUC 2510 for SPED 4650 Curriculum oriented for teachers and related professionals to work with the career development and transition of individuals with disabilities within a multicultural and global society. Includes information for elementary through adulthood with emphasis on transition from high school to community living. This course will prepare candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.
SPED 8810Research Methods in Special Education3
Prereq: SPED 8120 High Incidence Disabilities This course is designed to provide an examination of the theoretical approaches to conducting educational research, research design and analysis, and interpretation and evaluation of existing research in special education and related fields. All of these topics are intended to prepare candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.
SPED 8820Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders3
This course is designed to assess and examine the causes and characteristics of behavioral disorders, which constitute internalizing, externalizing, and pervasive developmental disorders. Extensive use of the case study method will be used. This course will prepare special education candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.
SPED 8860Behavior Modification3
This course is designed to equip candidates with the skills necessary to assess, modify, and evaluate behavior in accordance with best practice and research-based approaches. In addition, this course will train candidates on how to conduct a functional behavioral assessment and create behavioral intervention plans in accordance with IDEA. This course will prepare graduate candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.
SPED 8870Autism Spectrum Disorders: Behavioral Supports and Interventions3
This course is designed to provide information on the behavioral characteristics, instructional needs and necessary curriculum development specifically for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program in special education
SPED 8910Assessment in Special Education3
This course provides an overview of measurement and evaluation concepts, strategies, and techniques that are appropriate for students with special needs. Graduate candidates will implement and analyze formal and informal assessments using a systematic and comprehensive approach. Emphasis is placed on those assessment strategies that yield objective data regarding individual learning characteristics that provide a basis for educational decision-making. The course will prepare special education graduate candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.
SPED 8016Mental Health in Schools: Risk Factors and Interventions3

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$351.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$403.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1053.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1209.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$457.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$509.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1371.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1527.75
About Faculty

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Application Deadlines

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