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Special Education K-6

The Special Education K-6 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-6th grade. UNK’s Special Education K-6 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.

Natalie Lassek

“UNK provides opportunities to be active in the community and gain hands-on experience before you are on the search for your first ‘big kid’ job. The most beneficial experience was being provided opportunities to be a part of the community. UNK allows each student to gain experience within classrooms around the surrounding areas and this helps us gain an understanding of what it will be like when we reach that stage in our lives.”

Natalie Lassek

Major: SPECIAL EDUCATION K-6