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Special Education Generalist K-12, Graduate Endorsement

University of Nebraska at Kearney

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

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Special Education Generalist with emphasis in K-12, Graduate Endorsement is designed for individuals who have a passion for special education.

Why choose this program:

  • Gain a knowledge base and competencies to teach special education.
  • Individualized instruction is designed to meet your specific needs.
  • Obtain a certificate in Special Education in the state of Nebraska.
  • Pursue your masters degree while working on this endorsement.

Students pursuing certication in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certication requirements.

Note: For those who have a bachelors degree in a major other than education, you can pursue an initial teaching certificate in special education K-12 online. In addition to the K-12 special education program coursework, you will also need to complete the professional sequence courses.

Coursework from this endorsement program may apply toward the online Special Education, MA Ed with emphasis in K-12.

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 enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  3. Teacher Certification in any discipline. Initial teaching certification may be obtained through this program with the completion of additional courses.

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
July 10
Spring Semester
November 10
Summer Session
April 10
Credit hours may range from 24-56. A transcript review is required. 

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Additional Coursework

Course Number:

Up to 17 hours of additional coursework in literacy, math and working with families may be required.

TE 805POverview of Assistive Technology3

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.

TESE 816DPracticum in Special Education3-6

Course Number: TESE 816D

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 830Consultation and Collaboration with Families and Agencies Serving Individuals with Disabilities3

Course Number: 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.

TESE 837PMedical Aspects of Individuals with Disabilities3

Course Number: TESE 837P

This course provides students with a general knowledge of the medical conditions seen in children with disabilities. It will familiarize students with terminology, medications, procedures, equipment and interventions used for children with medical complications. Teacher responsibilities in regards to medical conditions will be covered.

TESE 861Legal Issues in Special Education3

Course Number: TESE 861

This course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the history and federal regulations in the field of special education. Professional ethics and code of conduct will be emphasized. Students will explore the foundations for various mandated activities such as parents' rights, IEP components and monitoring, special education placement procedures and mandated timelines. This course will emphasize the processes and procedures required to meet the State and Federal guidelines for providing appropriate Special Education Services to children with disabilities. The main focus will center on understanding the connection between the legal background and history and mandated requirements within the field.

TESE 862Formal and Informal Assessment in Special Education3

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.

TESE 863Research Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities3

Course Number: TESE 863

This course is designed to address the wide range of instructional needs of students with disabilities. Students will learn to synthesize and evaluate 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. Contains a field component.

TESE 867Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning3

Course Number: TESE 867

This course is designed for graduate level students to examine function-based behavior intervention strategies for 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.

TESE 872Strategies for Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities3

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.

TESE 873Teaching Students with Multiple Disabilities3

Course Number: TESE 873

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.

TESE 875PPreparing Adolescents for the Post-Secondary World3

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.

TESE 876PTransitional 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.

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.

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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