Supervisor of Special Education, MA Ed

Master of Arts in Education Degree in Supervisor of Special Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 36
    Credits
  • $315.00
    In-State
  • $444.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Education Administration Supervisor of Special Education, Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) degree program is designed for those who wish to oversee and structure high-quality education programs for special education students. 

Why choose this program: 

  • Enhance your leadership and administration skills for building-level and district-level special education programs.
  • Gain preparation for the administration of special education programs. 
  • Advance your career and become a director or coordinator of special education.

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: The role of special education in the U.S. demands oversight to ensure all students with learning disabilities and behavioral challenges have access to quality education. 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. The Bureau also projects an 11% growth rate for jobs as an instructional coordinator, which involves overseeing school curriculums and implementing effective teaching standards.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree in education from an accredited institution

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    Standard teaching certificate and current Special Education endorsement

  4. Previous work experience

    Two years experience as a Special Education teacher

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

    Two from school administrators plus one from another individual who can comment on applicant's potential to do graduate study and for educational leadership.

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  7. A resume and an essay on why you wish to pursue a career in school administration

  8. Have a satisfactory score on the Praxis I Test if you have not taught for three consecutive years in the same school system

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

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 854Introduction to Educational Administration3
The course is designed to provide an overview of the function of educational administration in school district organizations. Students will explore the role of the school principal as an instructional leader and a change agent. In addition to the comprehensive coverage of theory and research, there will be a focus on practical applications that are designed to help students implement their acquired knowledge.
EDAD 940Administrative Theory3
This course introduces students to aspects of current administrative theory by treating the school district as a social system in need of organization, leadership, and change. Styles and effects of human behavior in organizations are explored.
EDAD 998Internship in Educational Administration3
Opportunity for educational administrators to gain an understanding of administering changes or innovations, and to obtain supervised field experience. Consideration will be given antecedents of change, change models, the role of government, forces that restrict or stimulate change, tools to implement change, and evaluation.
EDAD 956School/Community Relations3
This course is designed to provide the student with an analysis of principles, practices and materials that facilitate the adjustment and interpretation of schools to their internal and external publics, along with an examination of the function of the media and the roles of schools and community groups in an effective school public relations program.
EDAD 833EDAD Assessment Leadership3
This course provides educators with the knowledge base and skills required to provide leadership with regards to assessment issues which include but are not exclusive to analysis of data to improve instruction; utilization of assessment instruments for guiding instruction to determine best practices for improved student learning; engagement in continuous evaluation of curriculum and instruction; development of criteria for evaluating data. Using basic knowledge, students will identify an assessment issue of individual significance and develop background information, data, and materials needed to provide leadership with regards to this topic.
EDAD 855Supervision of Instruction3
This course is designed to assist students in obtaining entry-level understandings and skills relating to the supervision of instruction.
EDAD 848Curriculum Planning3
The current arena in which principals function is constantly being impacted by societal forces and conditions. The class is designed to assist students to understand major curriculum design models, to interpret school district curricula, and to adjust content as needs and conditions change. The course is designed to prepare individuals for positions in educational administration, particularly those who are interested in the school principalship. Students will study the basic principles of curriculum planning as they relate to curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation.
EDAD 831Social Foundations of Education3
This course provides insight into the relationship of education to the social order, a rationale for the underlying philosophy of education, and an understanding of how political theory and social forces provide for school organization and authority.
EDAD 842Administration of Special Education3
The purpose of this course is to provide the school administrator information concerning legal aspects of special education, identification of special needs students, and options available in programming for handicapped students.
EDAD 890Introduction to Educational Research3
This course is designed to explore the attributes of educational research and the roles of the educator in appraising and conducting reliable and valid research studies. Students will not only explore the attributes of effective research and learn to evaluate the quality, efficacy, and validity of research studies, but also learn how to do meaningful research inquiry so that they can design effective research studies and collect, analyze, and interpret data effectively in the study of educational questions at the classroom, building, or district level.
EDAD 851Human Resource Management3
This course deals with aspects of human resource management, including recruitment, selection, orientation, evaluation, staff development, affirmative action, contract management, and collective negotiations. Course emphasis remains on the function of personnel actions on behalf of quality classroom instruction.
CSP 800Advanced Educational Psychology3
This course focuses on school learning, its assessment and factors that are related to it. These factors include, for example, learner's development and characteristics (biological, psychological, cultural and social), learner's exceptionalities, teacher's instructional and behavior management techniques, and social influences. Current issues and problems will be studied and discussed in a seminar setting. There will also be opportunity to study topics of individual concern.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$315.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$367.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$945.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1101.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$444.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$496.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1332.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1488.75
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
  • Fall SemesterJul 10
  • Spring SemesterNov 10
  • Summer SessionsApr 10
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