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The online Education Administration—Supervisor of Special Education, Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) degree program is designed for those who wish to oversee and structure high-quality education programs for special education students.
Why choose this program:
- Enhance your leadership and administration skills for building-level and district-level special education programs.
- Gain preparation for administration of special education programs.
- Advance your career and become a director or coordinator of special education.
The program is intended to satisfy requirements for a Nebraska Administrative and Supervisory Certificate, at either the standard or professional level, with administrative endorsements that will qualify you for employment as a special education administrator in P-12 school systems.
Career Outlook: The role of special education in the U.S. demands oversight to ensure all students with learning disabilities and behavioral challenges have access to quality education. 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. The Bureau also projects an 11% growth rate for jobs as an instructional coordinator, which involves overseeing school curriculums and implementing effective teaching standards.
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
Bachelor's degree in education from an accredited institution
2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
A license/certificate required
Standard teaching certificate and current Special Education endorsement
Previous work experience
Two years experience as a Special Education teacher
3 letters of recommendation
Two from school administrators plus one from another individual who can comment on applicant's potential to do graduate study and for educational leadership.
Official transcripts from all previous schools
A resume and an essay on why you wish to pursue a career in school administration
Have a satisfactory score on the Praxis I Test if you have not taught for three consecutive years in the same school system
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
|Advanced Educational Psychology||3|
Course Number: CSP 800
This course focuses on school learning, its assessment and factors that are related to it. These factors include, for example, learner's development and characteristics (biological, psychological, cultural and social), learner's exceptionalities, teacher's instructional and behavior management techniques, and social influences. Current issues and problems will be studied and discussed in a seminar setting. There will also be opportunity to study topics of individual concern.
|Social Foundations of Education||3|
Course Number: EDAD 831
Sample Syllabus This course provides insight into the relationship of education to the social order, a rationale for the underlying philosophy of education, and an understanding of how political theory and social forces provide for school organization and authority.
|EDAD Assessment Leadership||3|
Course Number: EDAD 833
This course provides educators with the knowledge base and skills required to provide leadership with regards to assessment issues which include but are not exclusive to analysis of data to improve instruction; utilization of assessment instruments for guiding instruction to determine best practices for improved student learning; engagement in continuous evaluation of curriculum and instruction; development of criteria for evaluating data. Using basic knowledge, students will identify an assessment issue of individual significance and develop background information, data, and materials needed to provide leadership with regards to this topic. Prerequisites: enrollment in a Master's or Educational Specialist degree program
|Administration of Special Education||3|
Course Number: EDAD 842
The purpose of this course is to provide the school administrator information concerning legal aspects of special education, identification of special needs students, and options available in programming for handicapped students.
Course Number: EDAD 848
The current arena in which principals function is constantly being impacted by societal forces and conditions. The class is designed to assist students to understand major curriculum design models, to interpret school district curricula, and to adjust content as needs and conditions change. The course is designed to prepare individuals for positions in educational administration, particularly those who are interested in the school principalship. Students will study the basic principles of curriculum planning as they relate to curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation.
|Human Resource Management||3|
Course Number: EDAD 851
This course deals with aspects of human resource management, including recruitment, selection, orientation, evaluation, staff development, affirmative action, contract management, and collective negotiations. Course emphasis remains on the function of personnel actions on behalf of quality classroom instruction.
|Introduction to Educational Administration||3|
Course Number: EDAD 854
The course is designed to provide an overview of the function of educational administration in school district organizations. Students will explore the role of the school principal as an instructional leader and a change agent. In addition to the comprehensive coverage of theory and research, there will be a focus on practical applications that are designed to help students implement their acquired knowledge.
|Supervision of Instruction||3|
Course Number: EDAD 855
This course is designed to assist students in obtaining entry-level understandings and skills relating to the supervision of instruction.
|Introduction to Educational Research||3|
Course Number: EDAD 890
This course is designed to explore the attributes of educational research and the roles of the educator in appraising and conducting reliable and valid research studies. Students will not only explore the attributes of effective research and learn to evaluate the quality, efficacy, and validity of research studies, but also learn how to do meaningful research inquiry so that they can design effective research studies and collect, analyze, and interpret data effectively in the study of educational questions at the classroom, building, or district level.
Course Number: EDAD 940
This course introduces students to aspects of current administrative theory by treating the school district as a social system in need of organization, leadership, and change. Styles and effects of human behavior in organizations are explored.
Course Number: EDAD 956
This course is designed to provide the student with an analysis of principles, practices and materials that facilitate the adjustment and interpretation of schools to their internal and external publics, along with an examination of the function of the media and the roles of schools and community groups in an effective school public relations program.
Course Number: EDAD 998
Internships are designed to provide administrative experience for students having limited administrative background and to strengthen skills of those who have served as administrators. This course is required for all Specialist Degree candidates.
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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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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