Special Education: Special Education

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Degree: Master of Arts in Education
Program: Special Education: Special Education
This option leads to certification in either K-6 or 7-12 special education. Check with advisor for exact program.
Degree Level: Graduate
Credit Hours: 36 credit hours
Delivery Format: Online
Prerequisites: Bachelor’s Degree, Teacher Certification, and 6 hours of courses (see below)

The Master of Arts in Education: Special Education – Special Education degree is designed for teachers who currently hold a teaching certificate in any discipline and would like to obtain certification in special education in the state of Nebraska. Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements. Courses are offered online at the graduate level. 


(6 hours required)

TESE 330 - Collaboration, Consultation, and Co-Teaching OR
TESE 830 - Consultation and Collaboration with Families and Agencies Serving Individuals with Disabilities

TESE 437 - Medical Aspects of Individuals with Disabilities OR
TESE 837P - Medical Aspects of Individuals with Disabilities

Required Courses

(12 hours required) 

TE 800 - Educational Research
TE 803 - Philosophy of Education
TE 804 - Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education
TE 805P - Overview of Assistive Technology (recommended) OR
TE 886P - Technology Tools for Teachers

Emphasis Area

(24 hours required)

TESE 861 - Legal Issues in Special Education
TESE 862 - Formal and Informal Assessment in Special Education
TESE 863 - Research Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
TESE 867 - Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning
TESE 879P - Teaching Social Skills to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Take one of the following emphasis options:

K-6 Emphasis

TESE 872 - Strategies for Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities
TESE 873 - Teaching Students with Multiple Disabilities

7-12 Emphasis

TESE 875P - Preparing Adolescents for the Post-Secondary World
TESE 876P - Transitional Issues for Individuals with Disabilities

Take the following:

TESE 816D - Practicum in Special Education
(Practicum will concentrate in the area of emphasis chosen for electives.)

The Special Education option does not result in initial teacher certification. The process of gaining Special Education Certification also involves meeting additional requirements; working closely with an academic advisor is critical.

How do I get started?

1. Learn more about the program on the Department of Teacher Education website, or request information.

2. Prepare to apply by viewing the program's application process, or apply now.

3. Contact the coordinator with any questions about the program:

Sarah Bartling
Online Program Coordinator
Department of Teacher Education
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Phone: 308-865-8513
Email: teacheredonline@unk.edu

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