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Special Education Functional Academic Skills and Independent Living Specialist (FASILS), Graduate Endorsement

Graduate Endorsement

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    21
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $309.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $435.00

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The online Special Education Functional Academic Skills and Independent Living Specialist (FASILS), Graduate Endorsement program is designed for individuals with a passion for creating life skills programs for individuals with disabilities.

Why chose this program?  

  • Learn how to create and implement life skill programs.
  • Gain knowledge in assisting students in the transition from public school to post-school work environments.
  • Acquire strategies to assist teachers in including students with multiple disabilities into the general education classroom.
  • Prepare for doctoral programs in education aimed to help individuals with more progressed disabilities.

Upon completion of this program, students are eligible for Nebraska endorsement as a Functional Academic Skills and Independent Living Specialist. Students seeking endorsement in other states should check with their states department of education.

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.


Brian Wojcik,Ed.D.
Assistant Professor

With more than 20 years of experience teaching special education courses, Brian Wojcik has worked extensively with students interested in working with individuals with special disabilities. Wojcik’s research interests involve building systems that support effective use of technologies in school settings to meet the needs of diverse learners. This includes preparing future teachers to use technology effectively in order to meet the needs of the students.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  3. A Teacher Certificate in any discipline.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admission
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 15
Spring Semester
October 15
Summer Session
March 15

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TESE 8160Practicum in Special Education3

Course Number: TESE 8160

This course is designed to provide practicum experience in the Special Education programs of Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-6, Mild/Moderate Disabilities 7-12 or Advanced Practitioner. Teachers are supervised by university faculty who may also contact an individual's principal. Students are expected to document 210 hours of direct contact with students of the appropriate grade level and disability for the endorsement they are seeking. This course is a semester course.

TESE 876PTransitional Issues for Individuals with Disabilities3

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.

TESE 879PTeaching Social Skills to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3

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.

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 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 887PTeaching Functional Academics to Individuals with Exceptional Needs3

Course Number: TESE 887P

This course is designed to provide students with strategies and interventions to enable the instruction of functional academics for students with exceptional needs. Students will be exposed to techniques for initial instruction in reading, math and written language emphasizing real-life application. Experiences will include adapting general standards and curriculum and applying them to meet IEP functional goals and objectives.

TESE 892Augmentative Alternative Communication3

Course Number: TESE 892

Provides an overview of alternative and augmentative communications devices and strategies. Discussion about AAC assessment, management, implementation and evaluation of effectiveness will be discussed.

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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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.

  • Flexibility

    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.

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