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Special Education K-12

The Special Education K-12 program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is a premier undergraduate program that will prepare students to work with children with special-needs from kindergarten-12th grade. UNK’s Special Education K-12 students get to interact in classrooms early and often. UNK’s close partnership with Kearney and area schools gives students numerous opportunities to interact in both early field experiences and student- teaching. UNK knows the value of hands-on learning and guides students in these experiences and throughout their college career to develop quality educators who make a difference in the lives of students.

Important Information

Praxis:

The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests are required for certification in Nebraska and are part of all undergraduate education programs at UNK. The Praxis Subject Assessments are also required for certification in Nebraska.

AETP:

Nebraska’s Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program provides forgivable loans to eligible students who are working toward initial certification.

Student-Teaching:

Arrangements are made for students who qualify to complete their student-teaching requirement in schools located in Nebraska and other states. Most pre-student-teaching and student-teaching field experiences take place in schools that are members of UNK Network of Partner Schools. UNK teacher candidates will complete 16 weeks (12 credit hours) of all-day student teaching. Some teacher candidates who pursue more than one endorsement will be required to complete more hours.

Monica Doolittle

"I switched my major eight times before finding my passion for Special Education. I took TE 100 as a filler class and owe it to that professor for opening a door I didn't know existed for me. I have encountered so many wonderful professors and advisors in the College of Education that have impacted my teaching. I cannot wait to have my own classroom and make them proud. They made me a lifelong learner and I hope to instill that same passion for learning in my future students!"

Monica Doolittle

Special Education K-12