Special Education

Degree: Master of Arts in EducationSPED Best Online Program 2016
Program: Special Education
Emphasis:
Special Education Generalist, Advanced Practitioner or High Ability Education (Gifted)
Degree Level:
Graduate
Credit Hours: 36 credit hours
Delivery Format: Online
Prerequisites: Refer to emphasis area
How to Apply: Application Process


Degree, Initial Certification and Endorsements are offered in the Special Education Online Program. Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements.

Special Education Generalist Emphasis

Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree and teaching certificate (An individualized program of study can be created based on previous coursework to earn initial teaching certification)

COURSE OUTLINE

Prerequisites (6 hours required)
TESE 437/837P Medical Aspects of Individuals with Disabilities
TESE 330 Collaboration, Consultation, and Co-Teaching, or TESE 830, Consultation and Collaboration with Families and Agencies

Department Core 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 or TE 886P - Technology Tools for Teachers

Emphasis Area (24 hours required)

TESE 816D - Practicum in Special Education (end of program)
TESE 861 - Legal Issues in Special Education
TESE 862 - Formal & Informal Assessment in Special Education
TESE 863 - Research Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
TESE 867 - Applied and Functional Behavior Analysis
TESE 879P - Developing Social & Personal Skills in Individuals with Disabilities

Take one of the following options
K-6 Emphasis

  • TESE 872 Strategies for Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities
  • TESE 871 Teaching Strategies with Multiple Disabilities

7-12 Emphasis

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

Advanced Practitioner Emphasis

Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree, teaching certificate and a special education endorsement (*Assistive Technology Specialist emphasis prerequisite is a Bachelor's Degree)

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core 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 or TE 886P - Technology Tools for Teachers

Special Education Core (6 hours)
TESE 816D- Practicum in Special Education
TESE 880 - Critical Issues in Special Education

Emphasis Area - Behavior Intervention Specialist (18 hours)
TESE 867 - Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning
TESE 879P - Teaching Social Skills to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
TESE 881 - Characteristics and Identification of Behavior and Learning Disabilities
TESE 882 - Applied Behavior Analysis
TESE 883 - Intervention Strategies for Individuals with Behavior and Emotional Disorders
TESE 884 - Research Techniques in Applied Behavior Analysis

Emphasis Area - Inclusion and Collaboration Specialist (18 hours)
TESE 840 - Bilingual Special Education
TESE 867 - Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning
TESE 863 - Research Based Instructional Strategies
TESE 881 - Characteristics and Identification of Behavior and Learning Disabilities
TESE 886 - Co-Teaching and Collaborative Services
TESE 885 - Inclusion and Differentiation Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom

Emphasis Area - Assistive Technology Specialist (18 hours)
*Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree ONLY

TESE 885 - Inclusion and Differentiation Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom
TESE 891 - Assistive Technology Assessment
TESE 892 - Augmentative Alternative Communication
TESE 893 - Program Development in Assistive Technology
TESE 894 - Research in Assistive Technology
TESE 895 - Integration of Assistive Technology Across the Lifespan

Emphasis Area - Functional Academic Skills and Independent Living Specialist (18 hours)
TESE 887P - Teaching Functional Academics to Individuals with Exceptional Needs
TESE 876P - Transitional Issues for Individuals with Disabilities
TESE 879P - Teaching Social Skills to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
TESE 882 - Applied Behavior Analysis
TESE 885 - Inclusion and Differentiation Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom
TESE 892 - Argumentative Alternative Communication (Prereq: TE 805P)

High Ability Education (Gifted) Emphasis

Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree and teaching certificate

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core 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 or TE 886P - Technology Tools for Teachers

Emphasis Area (24 hours required)
TESE 816C - Practicum in Gifted/Talented Education (last course)
TESE 822P - The Psychology & Education of Gifted & Talented Learners
TESE 823P - Guiding the Social & Emotional Development of Gifted/Talented Learners
TESE 824 - Identification, Assessment, & Evaluation of Gifted/Talented Education
TESE 825 - Curriculum Design & Development for Gifted/Talented Education
TESE 826 - Program Design for Gifted/Talented Education
CSP - Advanced Education Psychology
Elective Courses (3 hours required)

Students interested in a thesis option, contact Dr. Jude Matyo-Cepero.

Initial Certification

PROVISIONAL COMMITMENT TEACHING CERTIFICATE:
Must complete 50% of pre-Student Teaching Professional Sequence and 75% of content requirements to be eligible.
FIELD REQUIREMENTS
K-6 Special Education, 7-12 Special Education, K-12 Special Education:

TE 100 (Teaching in a Democratic Society) - 3 hours; Prerequisite: None - Online Fall
  • Must complete a background check for the required class visits. Go to One Source Background Check to complete the UNK College of Education - Background Check #1. Pay the $27.82 (subject to change) background check fee; payment will be made to the vendor.
  • 4 School Visits - Online students are responsible for their own school selections for the 4 visits.
  • Taskstream will be required. The fee varies depending on how many semesters you purchase. See the following website for more information: https://www.taskstream.com/pub/.


TE 204 (Typical/Atypical Growth and Development) - 4 hours; Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing or above - Online Spring

  • Students will be required to take the PRAXIS CORE exam as part of the class
  • 4 School Visits - Online students are responsible for their own school selections for the 4 visits

Taskstream will be required. The fee varies depending on how many semesters you purchase. See the following website for more information: https://www.taskstream.com/pub/

TE 400 (Student Teaching) - 12-14 hours - Online Spring and Fall

  • Praxis Subject Assessment (test #5354) should be taken and passed by the end of the Student Teaching semester before the teaching certificate can be awarded.
  • Must complete a background check for the required class visits. Go to One Source Background Check to complete the UNK College of Education - Student Teaching Background Check. Pay the $27.82 (subject to change) background check fee; payment will be made to the vendor.
  • Taskstream will be required. The fee varies depending on how many semesters you purchase. See the following website for more information: https://www.taskstream.com/pub/


TESE 864 FIELD EXPERIENCE NOTE: Documented experience working with individuals with disabilities will need to be submitted to your advisor for approval to waive the credit. If credit is not waived, contact your advisor for permission to register. For further information about class and field experience requirements, please refer to the “Field Experience Handbook”.


K-6 Special Education / K-12 Special Education

TE 311/313 (Math Methods I with Field Experience) - 2.5 hours; Prerequisite: TE 204; Co-requisite: MATH 230 - Online Summer

  • TE 313 (Field Experience: Math) – Students will be placed in two elementary classroom settings (lower & upper elementary) for a total of 20 clock hours. Students will implement math activities and assessment procedures with individual students.


TE 312/313 (Math Methods II with Field Experience) – 2.5 hours; Prerequisite: TE 311/313 and Admission to Teacher Education; Co-requisite: MATH 330 – Online Spring

  • TE 313 (Field Experience: Math) – Students will develop and implement math activities, lesson plans, and assessment procedures with small groups and the entire class in one elementary classroom setting for a total of 30 clock hours.
  • Taskstream will be required. The fee varies depending on how many semesters you purchase. See the following website for more information: https://www.taskstream.com/pub/

TE 314, 315, 316, 317 (Primary Literacy Block) – 7 hours; Prerequisite: TE 318 and Admission to Teacher Education – Online Fall

  • TE 317 (Field Experience: Literacy) – Students will be assigned in a diverse elementary (Kindergarten to Grade 3) classroom setting for 8 full days. Students will develop and implement primary literacy lesson plans and assessment procedures. Students should expect to travel to schools that meet the diversity requirement. Students that are employed in an elementary school, cannot complete this field experience in their place of employment and no family members are allowed in the same building.
  • No Reading Mastery Curriculum can be used for your field experience.
  • Students must take all 4 classes together in the same semester
  • Taskstream will be required. The fee varies depending on how many semesters you purchase. See the following website for more information: https://www.taskstream.com/pub/

Endorsement

AVAILABLE ENDORSEMENTS:

Special Education Generalist K-6, Special Education Generalist 7-12, Special Education Generalist K-12, SPED: Behavior Intervention Specialist B-12, SPED: Functional Academic Skills and Independent Living Specialist B-12, SPED: Inclusion and Collaboration Specialist PK-12, or High Ability Education/Gifted K-12

THE ENDORSEMENT PROCESS:

  • Contact Kristy in the Educator Certification Office
  • Request an official transcript or a copy of an official transcript be sent the Educator Certification Office

    Kristy Buchmeier
    Educator Certification Office
    University of Nebraska Kearney
    1615 W 24th St, COE 128
    Kearney, NE 68849
    308.865.8264
    buchmeierkl@unk.edu

  • An initialized plan will be created based off of transcripts
  • The program of study will be send out
  • Complete a graduate application (initial, endorsement, MAE)
  • Email your advisor

PRAXIS SUBJECT ASSESSMENT (formerly Praxis II)

To add the special education endorsement with NDE, students will need to complete Praxis subject Assessment test 5354: Special Education: Core Knowledge and Application

Student Teaching

Student Teaching Reminders

Application forms are due to the Educator Certification Office in the College of Education by the first Tuesday of February for Fall placements and the first Tuesday in September for Spring placements. Other prerequisites to student teaching that must have been successfully addressed are:

  1. Admittance to Teacher Education
  2. An overall UNK grade point average of 2.5 or higher (2.75 for students who started 2013 and later)
  3. A grade of "C" or higher in all TE courses
  4. Satisfactory performance on the Individual Lesson Plan Case Study Common Assessment
  5. Satisfactory performance in all pre-student teaching (school-based activity) field experiences and an assessment of teaching dispositions
Applying for Student Teaching
  1. Slides from PowerPoint presentation

    Note:
    Read through the slides which explain the rules and regulations as well as the procedure for applying to student teaching and the requirements while student teaching. Please pay special attention to the notes at the bottom of each slide.

    Print off the following documents to follow along with the PowerPoint slides:
  2. Online Student Teaching Application

    Note: When requesting placement, please include name of contact person and address if requesting a placement other than a public school entity.

  3. The Educator Certification Office will make sure your advisor signs your application.
  4. Once your placement has been verified, you will receive your student teaching materials and cooperating teacher packet in the mail. You do not have to come to the Educator Certification Office to pick them up.
  5. Background Checks are required for all student teachers by the first Tuesday of February for Fall placements and the first Tuesday in September for Spring placements. Applicants who do not complete the UNK student teaching background check process prior to the established student teaching application deadline will not be eligible for student teaching. There is a $27.82 charge

Changing to MAE Program

Transitioning from Initial Certification in Special Education or Endorsements to Master of Art Degree Program

  • Switching to MAE Program, can be done at anytime and is recommended making the change before 12 graduate credit hours have been completed.
  • The MAE Degree Program will default to the current graduate catalog.
  • If you want to visit with the Online Program Coordinator, contact Sarah Bartling.
  • Apply for graduate admission online at Admissions.
  • Application fee is waived.
  • Application deadlines: (firm deadlines)
    • June 15th for fall
    • October 15th for spring
    • March 15th for summer
  • Submit a GRE Score or a professional biography.
  • When everything is complete and the application has been submitted, the application process will take two to three weeks to completely process.
  • Once you've received an acceptance of admission notification, you may register for class by accessing UNK's MyBLUE registration system.
  • If you have questions about Financial Aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (308) 865-8520.

Practicum Form

Practicum is required for all students completing either an endorsements or a master of art degree programs. Please complete this form before you register for your practicum course.

Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly Praxis II)

What kind of information do I need to know the Praxis Subject Assessments?