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The early childhood special education (ECSE) endorsement from the Nebraska Department of Education can be met through the ECSE graduate certificate or masters degree program. It is not a degree or graduate certificate option by itself.
This endorsement is available to two types of candidates: one with and one without a current teaching certificate. The add-on endorsement is for the candidate with a valid teaching certificate in either Elementary (K-6), Early Childhood Education (Pre-3), Inclusive (Unified) Early Childhood Education (Birth to grade 3) or Special Education (K-6).
The endorsement requires a minimum of 30 credits, with 18 graduate credits in ECSE and 12 credits in Early Childhood Education and Development, including Kindergarten Education. Relevant prior coursework may be considered and lower the total number of graduate credits required. The graduate of this program will be able to apply for teaching positions as a preschool classroom teacher for children with and without disabilities or as a special educator in itinerant consultant or coach roles in homes, community child care, preschool or public school programs. Apply to UNL's graduate certificate in ECSE ormasters degree program and in the comments indicate the you are seeking the Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement.
Students without a current teaching certificate may combine these endorsement requirements with additional courses and field experiences to earn an Initial Teaching Certificate in Nebraska along with a Masters Degree; in this case students must be admitted to the masters degree program in special education.
As a student in this online program, you may choose to take a one or a few classes of interest each term, pursue the teaching endorsement with a graduate certificate, or complete a graduate degree.
Johanna Taylor has extensive experience in behavior analysis and early intervention. She served as the Behavioral Services Manager for BAYADA Behavioral Health in Kahului, Hawaii. In that role, she conducted functional behavior assessments of children with autism, created function-based treatment plans and trained and supervised registered behavior technicians to implement intervention techniques. Taylor also previously served as the Hilo Early Intervention Program Manager for Easter Seals Hawaii, managing team members that included speech-language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, special educators and care coordinators.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A license/certificate required
Teaching certificate in K-6 Special Education. If you do not have a teaching certificate you will need an additional 21+ credit hours in College of Education and Human Sciences.
Official transcripts from all previous schools
To apply to this program:
- Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (select either 'Degree: Special Education, Specialization Early Childhood Special Education' or 'Non-Degree, Graduate Certificate Objective in Early Childhood Special Education' and indicate in the comments section you are interested in seeking the Early Childhood Special Education endorsement)
- Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
- Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
- Apply and be admitted to the department
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
If you already have a teaching certificate in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education, you will need the following courses: SPED 800 Characteristics of Exceptional Children or equivalent (3 credit hours), SPED 412/812 Assessment Techniques for Diverse Learners or equivalent (3 credit hours) and SPED 454 Managing Challenging Behavior or equivalent (3 credit hours).
If you do not have a teaching certificate, you will need an additional 21+ credit hours in College of Education and Human Sciences.
In addition to the required courses listed here, students take six credit hours early childhood education/development electives.
|Issues in Early Childhood Special Education||3|
Course Number: SPED 860
Introduction to the history, philosophy, and research related to early intervention practices with children 0-5 years of age. Discussion of issues related to legal mandates, model programs, family involvement, integration, transitions, service delivery systems, teamwork and assessment for young children.
|Infants with Disabilities and Home Visiting||3|
Course Number: SPED 861
Prereqs: SPED 960 and permission. SPED *861 requires a practicum in home visiting. Assessment and intervention strategies for developing appropriate early intervention programs for infants and toddlers with disabilities. Rationale and principles for conducting home-based, family-centered, and transdisciplinary services.
|Preschool Children with Disabilities in the Classroom||3|
Course Number: SPED 862
Prereqs: An assessment and behavior management course; and permission. SPED *862 requires an applied experience. Selection, design and implementation of developmentally appropriate, activity-based interventions for preschool-age children with disabilities. Ecological assessments. Instructional factors, such as classroom environments, activity planning, selection, use and modification of strategies, home-school communications, and consulting to staff in inclusive settings.
|Medically Fragile Infants||3|
Course Number: SPED 863
Prereqs: Major in Special Education, Speech-language Pathology or Child Youth and Family Studies. Senior status or permission of instructor. Unique needs, family-coping strategies, specialized medical staff and various health care settings for chronically ill infants, toddlers and preschool age children. Overview of etiology, characteristics and developmental implications of selected medical conditions related to developmental disabilities.
|Language Development for Teachers||3|
Course Number: SPED 876
Introduction to the foundations of normal speech and language development and potential difficulties in both early stages and in the classroom. Analysis of child language samples. Strategies for explaining language development to parents and professional colleagues.
|Specialized Instruction for Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities||3|
Course Number: SPED 882
SPED *882 requires observations in schools and applied assignments. Selection, design, and implementation of best practice instruction for students with severe disabilities, multiple disabilities, or deaf-blindness.
|Practicum: Infants and Preschool Children with Disabilities||3|
Course Number: SPED 896Q
|Family and School Collaboration in Special Education||3|
Course Number: SPED 960
Prereqs: Professional experience or completion of one practicum and/or field experience with young children (birth to age 5) or other individuals ages 5 to 21 years who have disabilities Functions and interactions of both family and education systems. Impact of having a child with a disability on the normal and stressed family system. Promote family-professional partnerships in assessment and intervention for the child and/or student with an IFSP/IEP. Communication skills are reviewed and practiced for effective teaming among educators and for interviewing, consulting, collaborating and coaching with family members and other community team members.
Course Number: TEAC 810
Recent developments in education of children and their bearing on the selection and guidance of appropriate activities and materials for the kindergarten. Related functions of home, school, and other educational agencies.
Cost for Nebraska Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $356.50
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $408.75
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1069.50
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $1226.25
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $628.50
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $680.75
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1885.50
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $2042.25
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