Online Special Education Inclusion and Collaboration Specialist (ICS), Graduate Endorsement | University of Nebraska

Special Education Inclusion and Collaboration Specialist (ICS), Graduate Endorsement

Graduate Endorsement

University of Nebraska at Kearney

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

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The online Special Education Inclusion and Collaboration Specialist (ICS), Graduate Endorsement is designed for individuals with a passion for creating positive learning environments for all students.

Why choose this program?  

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of individuals with learning and behavioral disabilities.
  • Acquire the skills needed to effectively collaborate with other professionals to develop positive learning environments for all students.
  • Explore approaches for co-teaching, differentiation strategies and other interventions for serving students with disabilities and English Language Learners served in the general education classroom.

Upon completion of this program, students are eligible for a Nebraska endorsement as an Inclusion and Collaboration 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 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.

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. A teacher certification 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
July 10
Spring Semester
November 10
Summer Session
April 10

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TESE 816DPracticum in Special Education3

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 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 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 881Characteristics and Identification 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 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 886Co-Teaching and Collaborative Services3

Course Number: 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, online 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, 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.

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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