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Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (Reading/Special Education)

Master of Arts in Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

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    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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The online Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed), with an emphasis in Reading/Special Education program is designed for K-12 teachers in all areas and grade levels who wish to gain best practice knowledge to develop and assess curricula to maximize student learning.

Through coursework, students gain:

  • Knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum.
  • The ability to implement teaching strategies for those who struggle with reading or those with reading disabilities.
  • Credentials for career advancement.

More about the Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed Program:

The Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to provide educators with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum. The program requires four core courses covering areas of research, democracy, diversity and technology in accordance with the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Course options are available for students who already have a teaching permit as well as those seeking to qualify for a transitional teaching permit through the Curriculum and Instruction program.

The Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed program offers the following specializations:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Instructional Effectiveness
  • Montessori Early Childhood
  • Montessori - Elementary I
  • Reading/Special Education
  • School Librarian
  • Secondary Education
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Secondary Education
  • Transitional Certification

Career Outlook:  

Curriculum specialists support teachers by providing foundation materials for courses and giving constructive feedback on how teachers are implementing those materials. Sometimes they are called instructional coordinators.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 11% between 2016 and 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As states and school districts put greater emphasis on student achievement data, schools may increasingly turn to instructional coordinators to develop better curriculums and improve teachers effectiveness.

This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (a merger of TEAC and NCATE).
This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education
Linda Lilienthal, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor

Linda Lilienthal has taught students of various ages for over 45 years. As an instructor, she brings her rich experience to her students who are passionate about teaching. She has received numerous awards and honors including the Clark Family Memorial Scholarship in 2002 and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Scholarship in the summer of 2000. In addition to this, she has had numerous presentations across the country on different teaching topics.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  4. A professional biography

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 10
Spring Semester
November 10
Summer Sessions
April 10

For the Reading/Special Education Concentration, students complete the following core courses:

  • TE 845
  • TE 846
  • TE 854
  • TE 816B
  • TE 863

And select 9 credit hours from the following:

  • TESE 840
  • TESE 881
  • TESE 882
  • TESE 883
  • TESE 885
  • TESE 886 or TESE 830
  • TE 853C

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 800Education Research3

Course Number: TE 800

This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.

TE 803Philosophy of Education3

Course Number: TE 803

Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.

TE 804Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education3

Course Number: TE 804

Students learn to evaluate, create, and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations, and school policies.

TE 805P or TE 886POverview of Assistive Technology or Technology Tools for Teachers3

Course Number: TE 805P or TE 886P

TE 805P: This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. TE 886P: This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments, and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.

TE 816BPracticum: Reading3

Course Number: TE 816B

Prereq: TE 845, TE 846 (exceptions with department permission) Students participate in supervised remedial tutoring of individual children or small groups of children having similar reading disabilities.

TE 845Contemporary Theory & Practice in Reading3

Course Number: TE 845

This course will provide students with an opportunity to investigate the theoretical background of the reading process and analyze instructional practices in developmental reading at the elementary school level.

TE 846Diagnosis/Correction of Reading Difficulties3

Course Number: TE 846

This course focuses on the development of an understanding of the relationship of the psychological factors and individual remedial instruction in reading. A comprehensive study is made of selected diagnostic tests and remedial procedures.

TESE 840Bilingual Special Education3

Course Number: TESE 840

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.

TESE 853CImprovement of Instruction in Elementary School Language Arts3

Course Number: TESE 853C

Attention is directed to the newest innovations in language arts instruction, (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and to the selection of materials for diagnostic and instructional programs. Students will evaluate the various teaching techniques through a comparative study of current programs in elementary language arts, (Reading, writing, listening, speaking).

TESE 863Research-Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities3

Course Number: TESE 863

The course is designed to address the instructional needs of students with disabilities. Students will learn to synthesize 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 through an action research project. Contains a field component.

TESE 881Characteristics and Indentification of Behavior and Learning Disabilities3

Course Number: TESE 881

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 882Applied Behavior Analysis3

Course Number: TESE 882

This course provides an in depth examination of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Students will examine the history and development of ABA as well as the use of ABA in the education of and research with individuals with disabilities.

TESE 883Intervention Strategies for Individuals with Behavioral & Emotional Disabilities3

Course Number: TESE 883

This course will examine research effective strategies and interventions for working with students that have behavioral and emotional disabilities. Interventions appropriate for the three tiers of intervention will be explored.

TESE 885Inclusion and Differentiation Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom3

Course Number: TESE 885

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 886 OR TESE 830Co-Teaching & Collaborative Services Or Consult & Collaboration with Families & Agencies Serving Individuals with Disabilities3

Course Number: TESE 886 OR TESE 830

TESE 886: 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, on-line 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, and 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 830: This course provides students with the theory basis of collaboration. Students will learn to work with families and other professionals from all cultural and economic backgrounds, gain knowledge concerning family systems, the impact of having a child with special needs, and legal and procedural safeguards.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $309.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $361.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $927.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1083.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $435.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $487.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1305.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1461.75

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