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The online Special Education—Advanced Practioner with emphasis in Behavior Intervention Specialist Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) is designed for individuals with a passion for working with students with learning impairments.
Why choose this program?
- Learn to identify strategies and interventions for serving students identified as having Behavior/Emotional disabilities or those on the Autism Spectrum.
- Gain skills to conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment, design and implement a Behavior Intervention Plan based on the assessment and implement Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports.
- Prepare for doctoral programs in Applied Behavior Analysis.
- Acquire content knowledge needed to pursue further certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
This endorsement allows the individual to teach children identified as having one of four disabilities:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Multiple Disabilities
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Upon completion of this program, students are eligible for a Nebraska endorsement as a Behavior Interventionist. Students seeking endorsement in other states should check with their state’s 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.
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 certiﬁcation 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
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. His 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:
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
- June 15
- Spring Semester
- October 15
- Summer Sessions
- March 15
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 Assertive 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.
|Assessment of Young Children: Birth to Five||3|
Course Number: TE 829
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
|Practicum in Special education||3|
Course Number: TESE 816D
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.
|Functional Behavior Assessment & Behavior Intervention Planning||3|
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.
|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.
|Characteristics & Identification of Behavior & Learning Disabilities||3|
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.
|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.
|Intervention Strategies for Individuals with Behavioral & Emotional Disabilities||3|
Course Number: TESE 883
Prereq: TESE 881 This course will examine research effective strategies and interventions for working with students that have behavioral and emotional disabilities. Interventions appropriate for the three tiers of intervention will be explored.
|Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports||3|
Course Number: TESE 888
This course presents the latest in practices and research in the field of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). Students will be exposed to strategies and interventions to change challenging behavior and effectively maintain appropriate behaviors of students through positive behavior interventions and supports.
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.
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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.