Supervisor of Special Education, Administrative Endorsement

Administrative Endorsement in Special Education Supervision

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $357.00
  • $750.00

Program Overview

This online Supervisor of Special Education non-degree, endorsement program is designed for individuals interested in advancing their career in leadership and administration of building-level and district-level special education programs. 

Note: The program is intended to satisfy requirements for a Nebraska Administrative and Supervisory Certificate, at either the standard or professional level, with administrative endorsements that will qualify you for employment as a special education administrator in P-12 school systems.

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 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.

Student’s 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 university

  2. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    A teaching certificate in special education

  4. Previous work experience

    At least 2 years teaching experience with persons with disabilities

  5. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  8. Letter of application

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 Graduate Studies
  2. Pay $50 application fees
  3. Submit separate application to academic department

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 830Administrative Theory3
Introduction to classic and contemporary administrative theory as applied to educational organizations. The theoretical nature of the course content is relevant to those with an interest in a broad variety of educational institutions. General organizational theory, organizational models, historical schools of administrative theory, authority, power, motivation, and leadership. Frequently students are involved in studying problems of practice as a means of testing theory.
EDAD 811Practicum3
Prereq: Permission May be repeated for credit. Rating and supervision of teachers; principles and procedures in the development of school policies; selection and promotion of teachers; courses of study and professional ethics.
EDAD 981Introduction to Research3
A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 852School Culture and Student Behavior3
School culture and student behavior in P-12 schools. Personalized teaching and learning environments that address student diversity, needs and interests.
EDAD 837Education Law1 - 4
Evolution, principles, and practice of education law in relation to local, state, and national units of organization. Education law of Nebraska.
EDAD 858Special Education Law3
(SPED *858) Body of law that pertains to the organization, administration, and implementation of special education programs in PreK-12 schools. Substantive and procedural rights of disabled students, and the authority and responsibility of states and school districts that are grounded in state and federal law.
SPED 843Emotional and Learning Disorders3
Prerequisites: SPED 400/800 Learning, academic, behavioral, social-emotional and language characteristics of students who are classified as having disabilities for purposes of special education. Definitions, classification systems, assessment and verification criteria, and medications for students with learning and emotional disabilities.
EDAD 903Community Relations3
Principles of community relations and public relations; development of school and community understanding; collaboration of educators and community agents and agencies; communication tools and evaluation.
SPED 454Behavior Management3
Techniques for managing children's challenging behaviors. Functional assessment of behavior problems, strategies for preventing behavior problems, techniques for increasing prosocial behavior, and non-aversive procedures for decreasing problematic behavior.
SPED 809Autism Spectrum Disorders3
Prereq: SPED 400/800 or equivalent SPED 809 requires observation in schools and applied assignments. Designed for educators of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in school settings. Assessment strategies to identify characteristics of ASDs focused on individual needs and strengths-based outcomes. Knowledge and skills regarding evidence-based practices and individualized educational programs.
EDAD 833Educational Finance3
Critical analysis of the political and economic elements impacting K-12 school finance. Content and activities address both building and district level concerns with an emphasis on principles, programs, and trends in school finance.
EDAD 851Faculty and Staff Appraisal3
Faculty and support staff in P-12 schools: appraisal, professional learning communities, high standards/high performance and accountability.
EDAD 857Special Education Administration3
(SPED *857) Intensive preparation for special educators who intend to administer special education programs in the public schools. Information about best practices in special education, including programming, supervision, legal/regulatory issues, financing, personnel, as well as current controversial topics which are affecting these programs in the schools.
SPED 960Family and School Collaboration3
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 Impairments3
Prereq: Admission to visually impaired program; hold or concurrently earn subject/field endorsement 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


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 01
  • Spring SemesterOct 01
  • Summer SessionsFeb 01