Degree: Master of Arts in Education
Program: Curriculum and Instruction: Special Education and Reading
Degree Level: Graduate
Credit Hours: 36 credit hours
Delivery Format: Online
Prerequisites: Bachelor's Degree with a Teaching Certificate
The Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum & Instruction is a unique blend of the well-known UNK Special Education and Reading programs. This innovative and creative educational program will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work with struggling readers and students with exceptionalities. This 36 credit hour degree is designed for K-6 classroom teachers, as well as Special Education and Reading teachers. Any educator who is interested in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and methodology to diagnose and facilitate instructional strategies for students would benefit from this program. This may include classroom teachers, resource teachers, reading specialists or school administrators. This program does not complete requirements for endorsements in Reading or Special Education. Individuals who would like to complete an endorsement in either or both areas should contact the appropriate advisor. All coursework is offered online including the Practicum which will be completed in a school system at a location near you. Because this is offered in a cohort format, students will complete the program with peers and colleagues who have similar career goals. Comprehensive exams will be completed during the final semester of the program. The 24-month program begins in August 2011 with a completion date of December 2013. Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements.
UNK’s College of Education online graduate programs have earned "Honor Roll" recognition in U.S. News and World Report’s national rankings. To earn national Honor Roll status in the U.S. News ranking program, online graduate education programs had to place among the top 30 percent in three out of four categories. UNK ranked in the top 30 percent in all four categories.
Basic computer literacy is required to succeed as an online student. To decide if online learning is for you, click on http://www.unk.edu/acad/continuing_ed/ecampus/index.php?id=4788. To determine if you have the minimum hardware and software needed, log on to http://www.unk.edu/acad/continuing_ed/students/index.php?id=6213.
TE 845 Contemporary Theory and Practice in Reading
TESE 834 Characteristics and Identification of Behavior and Learning Disabilities
TESE 863 Research-Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
TE 854 Reading in the Content Areas
TESE 870 Differentiation in the General Education Classroom**
TE 804 Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education
TE 846 Diagnosis/Correction of Reading Difficulties
TE 805P Overview of Assistive Technology
TE 816B Practicum: Reading
TE 803 Philosophy of Education
TE 800 Educational Research
TESE 840 Bilingual Special Education
*Subject to change and may be extended with advisor guidance.
Why choose UNK?
The University of Nebraska at Kearney is a mid-sized comprehensive public university. UNK is one of four institutions in the University of Nebraska system. In a typical year, UNK draws students from 47 states and 50 foreign countries with a total enrollment approaching 7,000 students.
Affordable - UNK has one of the lowest tuition rates in the country. For tuitions rates, click here.
Accredited Programs - UNK is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Quality Education – UNK offers the same quality distance degree programs and courses that are offered on the campus. The majority of the instruction is taught by credentialed full-time faculty with doctoral degrees who are committed to quality teaching. Students and teaching remain the first priority with faculty at UNK.
Quality Student Support Services – Quality student support services are a hallmark of education at UNK. To help students get started with their online courses, a set of online video tutorials are available, as well as the Online Student Orientation. Other services include library services, discounted software and hardware, a writing center, 24/7 technology help desk, online bookstore, and more.
How do I get started?
Program Contact: Mary Volker
Department: Teacher Education
Address: College of Education, Room B116, UNK, Kearney, NE 68849