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The online Special Education Advanced Practitioner with emphasis in Functional Academic Skills and Independent Living, Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) degree 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.
This endorsement allows the individual to teach children identified as having one of four disabilities:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Multiple Disabilities
- Traumatic Brain Injury
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.
More about the Special Education, MA Ed, Advanced Practitioner program:
The Master of Arts in Education: Special Education Advanced Practitioner program is designed for teachers who currently hold certication in Special Education and would like to further their education.
Students have four options to choose from:
- Behavior Intervention Specialist
- Inclusion and Collaboration Specialist
- Assistive Technology Specialist Emphasis
- Functional Academic Skills and Independent Living Specialist Emphasis
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
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
- July 10
- Spring Semester
- November 10
- Summer Sessions
- April 10
Course Number: TE 800
This introductory web-based course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice. The course will provide opportunities for students to (a) define and differentiate between and among basic, applied, and action research and explain how each contributes to practice; (b) conduct and interpret preliminary, primary, and secondary sources of research in both online and hard copy formats; (c) compare and contrast various research designs, and (d) analyze qualitative and quantitative research methodology. This will include the use of statistical techniques and conditions to describe educational phenomena and to determine the validity and reliability of research methods, case studies, critical-theory, historical, and ethnographical methodology.
|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. In addition, students study diverse learning and teaching styles as well as explore the meaning and the reality of creating an environment that is conducive to and supportive of infused multicultural education.
|Overview of Assistive Technlogy||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|
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.
|Assessment of Young Children: Birth to Five||3|
Course Number: TESE 829P
This course prepares students to evaluate assessment tools for young children, determine their appropriateness for various purposes, write and interpret evaluation reports, and translate assessment results into intervention goals and strategies. In field experiences students administer tests and interpret and report results. Prerequisite: TESE 827P or departmental permission. Additional Course Fee Required
|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, inter-agency collaboration, resources, and instruction will be discussed to facilitate a successful transition.
|Teaching Social Skills to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder||3|
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.
|Critical Issues in Special Education||3|
Course Number: TESE 880
This course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the critical issues facing the field of Special education. Professional ethics and code of conduct will be emphasized.
|Applied Behavior Analysis||3|
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.
|Inclusion and Differentiation Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom||3|
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.
|Teaching Functional Academics to Individuals with Exceptional Needs||3|
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.
|Augmentative Alternative Communication||3|
Course Number: TESE 892
Prereq: TE 805P 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.
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.