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This online master's of education in Special Education degree program is designed for teachers in grade school through high school. The special education program prepares teachers to address learning and behavioral challenges special education students face in regular classroom settings and prepares teachers with the knowledge base and competencies necessary to teach individuals with disabilities.
Students may choose one of the following emphasis options: K-6 or 7-12 special education.
The degree is designed for teachers who currently hold a teaching certificate in any discipline and would like to obtain certication in special education in the state of Nebraska. Students pursuing certication in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certication requirements. UNK faculty will work with you to meet your state requirements.
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 enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A bachelor's degree
2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Students should have TESE 330/830 a consultation course and TESE 437/837P Medical Aspects of Individuals with Disabilities. These courses may be taken at UNK if not already completed.
A license/certificate required
Standard teaching certificate
Official transcripts from all previous schools
A professional biography
To apply to this program:
- Complete and submit the online application for admissions
- Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
- Fall Semester
- June 15
- Spring Semester
- October 15
- Summer Sessions
- March 15
Emphasis Option Courses:
K-6 Emphasis courses: TESE 872 and 873
7-12 Emphasis courses: TESE 875P and 876P
This program does not result in initial teacher certification. The process of gaining special education certification involves meeting additional requirements. Call or request information to speak with an adviser for more information.
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.
|Philosophy of Education||3|
Course Number: TE 803
Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.
|Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education||3|
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.
|Overview of Assistive Technology||3|
Course Number: 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.
|Practicum in Special Education||3-6|
Course Number: TESE 816D
This course is designed to provide student teaching experience in the specific areas of Assistive Technology, Behaviorally Impaired, Early Childhood Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, and Secondary/transition. Student teachers are directly supervised by their cooperating teachers and university faculty. The required minimum number of weeks of full-time teaching is as follows: 3 weeks for 3 credit hours and 7 weeks for 6 credit hours. The supervised teaching may continue for up to one semester.
|Legal Issues in Special Education||3|
Course Number: TESE 861
This course provides students with the competencies needed to develop individualized programming for children with exceptionalities. Verification criteria, parent's rights, IEP development and implementation, goal and objective development, placement procedures and IEP monitoring will be emphasized.
|Formal and Informal Assessment in Special Education||3|
Course Number: TESE 862
This course is designed to introduce students to the assessment process in special education by addressing procedural safeguards; data collection via informal and standardized procedures; issues in assessment; psychometric properties of standardized tests; and administration, scoring, and interpretation of selected instruments.
|Research Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilites||3|
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.
|Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning||3|
Course Number: TESE 867
This course is designed for graduate level students to examine function-based behavior intervention strategies individuals with disabilities who engage in challenging behavior. Students will be taught basic elements of functional analysis that includes: defining, observing, and recording behaviors as well as the creation of graphic displays for analysis. Ethical standards for behavior management, crisis intervention, and positive behavioral support will be highlighted. This course contains a functional assessment/intervention field component.
|Teaching Social Skills to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder|
Course Number: TESE 879P
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to teach Social and Personal Skills for students with disabilities. Students will be exposed to various Social and Personal Skills programs and strategies that are presently available that have been designed for students with special needs. The development of role play, problem solving, social story, and social script techniques will be emphasized. In addition, students will be able to develop individualized instruction for students based on needs assessment data. Students will also apply their knowledge of age appropriateness in the development of social and personal skills lessons.
|Strategies for Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilites||3|
Course Number: TESE 872
The course is designed to prepare future educators to provide services for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on interventions for life skills, communication, vocational, and functional academics. Additional interventions will include community-based instruction, study skills, and assessment of alternate curriculum. Accommodations and modifications to allow the child to be included in the general education curriculum will also be explored.
|Teaching Students with Multiple Disabilities||3|
Course Number: TESE 873
The course is designed to prepare future educators to provide services for individuals with multiple disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on interventions for life skills, communication, and academics. In addition, future educators will gain knowledge on issues of mobility and positioning which will enhance a child's ability to reach their full potential. Accommodations and modifications to allow the child to be included in the general education curriculum will also be explored.
|Preparing Adolescents for the Post-Secondary World||3|
Course Number: TESE 875P
This course is designed to address the instructional needs of secondary students with disabilities to prepare them for life after high school graduation. Alternative secondary placements will be discussed as well as post-secondary options such as Technical Schools and College. Students also learn how to develop self-advocacy skills and post-secondary accommodation plans.
|Transitional Issues for Individuals with Disabilities||3|
Course Number: TESE 876P
Assessment planning and instruction to facilitate educational and employment post-school outcomes will be emphasized. Federal and state laws governing minimum transition practices will be covered. Assessment, transition planning, services, interagency collaboration, resources, and instruction will be discussed to facilitate a successful transition.
Cost for Nebraska Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $302.00
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $354.25
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $906.00
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $1062.75
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $425.00
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $477.25
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1275.00
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $1431.75
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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.