Special Education Generalist K-6

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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This online special education program will prepare students with the knowledge base and competencies necessary to teach special education. An initial teaching license is available through this program for students with a bachelor's degree in the area.

The special education K-6 endorsement is an individualized program designed for teachers who do not presently have an endorsement in Special Education. This program meets certification requirements in the state of Nebraska. Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements.

Nebraska Provisional Certification

Once a student has completed three credit hours in special education and a program of study has been developed by a university, the student is eligible to apply for a provisional endorsement. This allows the student to begin working in the field while pursuing their full endorsement or degree. A minimum 18 credit hours must be completed every three years to maintain this status. The provisional status may be renewed for an additional three years.

Master's Degree Option

A student may also pursue a master's degree in Special Education while working toward their endorsement. The master's program is typically nine credit hours beyond the requirements for the endorsement.

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. 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:

  1. A bachelor's degree

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

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

An individualized program of study will be completed for each individual seeking the special education K-6 generalist endorsement. The number of required courses will vary depending on a transcript analysis. Additional coursework may include literacy, math and working with families may be required. 

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
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 student teaching experience in the specific areas of Assistive Technology, Behaviorally Impaired, Early Childhood Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, and Secondary/transition. Student teachers are directly supervised by their cooperating teachers and university faculty. The required minimum number of weeks of full-time teaching is as follows: 3 weeks for 3 credit hours and 7 weeks for 6 credit hours. The supervised teaching may continue for up to one semester.

TESE 830Consultation & Collaboration with Families & Agencies Serving Individuals with Disabilities3

Course Number: TESE 830

This course involves the study and application of specific communication skills that teachers may use in conferences, in team meetings, and while collaborating or consulting with others. Skills in listening, empathizing, and interpreting body language are practiced within the educational context. This course also provides specific information about families, family systems, and meeting the needs of families.

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 competencies needed to develop individualized programming for children with exceptionalities. Verification criteria, parent's rights, IEP development and implementation, goal and objective development, placement procedures and IEP monitoring will be emphasized.

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

The course is designed to address the instructional needs of students with disabilities. Students will learn to synthesize 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 through an action research project. Contains a field component.

TESE 864PField Experience in Special Education1

Course Number: TESE 864P

The course is designed to provide practical application of learned skills. Students will be placed in an elementary special education setting for a total of fifty clock hours. Students will develop and implement lesson plans and a behavior change plan.

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 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 Disabilites3

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

The course is designed to prepare future educators to provide services 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 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 skills. Students will be exposed to various social skill programs on the market that have been designed for students with special needs. The development of social stories and social scripts will be emphasized.  Students will apply their knowledge of lesson plan development in the development of age appropriate social skill lessons.

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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