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About the Special Education K-6 Teaching Subject Endorsement Degree Program

On Campus

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 through 6th grade.

UNK’s Special Education K-6 students get to interact in classrooms early and often. Close partnerships with Kearney and area schools gives students numerous opportunities to interact in both early field experiences and student-teaching. The College of Education understands the value of hands-on learning, with experienced faculty guiding students in these experiences and throughout their college career, developing quality educators who make a difference in the lives of students.

Important Information


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.


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


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.

Special Education K-6 Program at a Glance


Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

Degree Received

Special Education K-6 Teaching Subject Endorsement, Bachelor of Arts in Education


Per Credit Hour

With the New Nebraskan Scholarship all undergraduate students pay in-state tuition

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


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Elementary Education Middle Grades Subject Endorsement Special Education 7-12