Special Education (Early Childhood Special Education)

Graduate Certificate

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    12
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $346.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $609.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders offers a high quality, interdisciplinary online program in Early Childhood Special Education. As a student in this online program, you will receive preparation as an early childhood special educator to work with infants, toddlers and preschool children with a range of delays/disabilities and their families. Whether you are an entry-level or experienced educator in the field of early intervention, this program will increase your ability to provide services for young children with delays/disabilities and their families.

The Early Childhood Special Education program is offered via distance education allowing you to take courses in the comfort of your home. As a student in this online program, you may choose to take a one or a few classes of interest, pursue the teaching endorsement or graduate certificate, or complete a graduate degree. 

Christine Marvin, PhD
Professor

Chris Marvin uses her training and experience as a speech-language pathologist and early interventionist to coordinate and teach the courses and practicums associated with the graduate program of student in early childhood special education at UNL.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Must be from an accredited institution

  2. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    Explain why you want to earn this graduate certificate, how it would enhance your professional goals and future work, and how the graduate certificate coursework complements your current or most recent college degree program.

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

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

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 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
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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 860Issues in Early Childhood Special Education3

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.

SPED 861 (or SPED 862)Infants with Disabilities and Home Visiting3

Course Number: SPED 861 (or SPED 862)

Prereq: 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.

SPED 862 (or SPED 861)Preschool Children with Disabilities in a Classroom3

Course Number: SPED 862 (or SPED 861)

Prereq: 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.

SPED 863 (or SPED 882)Medically Fragile Infants3

Course Number: SPED 863 (or SPED 882)

Unique needs, family-coping strategies, specialized medical staff, and various health-care settings of chronically ill infants and toddlers. Overview of etiology, characteristics, and developmental implications of selected medical conditions related to developmental disabilities.

SPED 882 (or SPED 863)Specialized Instruction for Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities3

Course Number: SPED 882 (or SPED 863)

Lec 3. Prereq: SPED *881 for the Severely/Multi-handicapped endorsement program or SPED *862 for Preschool Handicapped endorsement program; and permission. Majors in severe disabilities must parallel with SPED 896P (1 cr). 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.

SPED 960Family and School Collaboration in Special Education3

Course Number: SPED 960

Prereq: 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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $346.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $398.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1038.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1194.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $609.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $661.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1827.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1983.75

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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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