Special Education (Behavior Intervention Specialist)

Graduate Endorsement

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    18
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $332.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $408.00

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Get the same diploma as on campus students

This online endorsement in special education with concentration in  behavior intervention is designed for teachers who work consistently with at-risk youth or who want more specific information about working with children and youth with behavioral challenges. 

Students may choose to apply credits earned in the endorsement toward the master of science in special education with concentration in behavior intervention specialist, which can also be found on this site.

This program is accredited by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education

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. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    Valid teaching certificate with special education endorsement

  4. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

    Cover topics such as your interest, experience, and career goals.

  6. 2 letters of recommendation

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  8. For students interested in becoming endorsed in Nebraska, a passing score on the PRAXIS II content test is required

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY and NC, 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

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SPED 8016Mental Health in Schools: Risk Factors and Interventions3

Course Number: SPED 8016

SPED 8820Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders3

Course Number: SPED 8820

This course is designed to assess and examine the causes and characteristics of behavioral disorders, which constitute internalizing, externalizing, and pervasive developmental disorders. Extensive use of the case study method will be used. This course will prepare special education candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.

SPED 8840Advanced Practicum in Behavioral Intervention Specialist (PK-6 or 7-12)3

Course Number: SPED 8840

This course provides candidates with either inservice experience or placement in a school program for students with Behavioral Disorders at an academic level (PK-9, or 7-12) that is different from their SPED 8830 internship setting. Prerequisites: SPED 8830 or permission

SPED 8850Instructional Strategies for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders3

Course Number: SPED 8850

The focus of the course will be on interventions which have been effective with students with behavior disorders which include life space intervention, social skills training, anger management, and cognitive behavior modification in multi-cultural settings. This course will prepare special education candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.

SPED 8860Behavior Modification3

Course Number: SPED 8860

This course is designed to equip candidates with the skills necessary to assess, modify, and evaluate behavior in accordance with best practice and research-based approaches. In addition, this course will train candidates on how to conduct a functional behavioral assessment and create behavioral intervention plans in accordance with IDEA. This course will prepare graduate candidates as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet the challenges of their profession in a changing world.

SPED 8870Autism Spectrum Disorders: Behavioral Support and Interventions3

Course Number: SPED 8870

This course is designed to provide information on the behavioral characteristics, instructional needs and necessary curriculum development specifically for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program in special education

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $332.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $384.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $996.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1152.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $408.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $460.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1224.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1380.75

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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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