Special Education Graduate Program
The Master’s degree in special education is designed for candidates who wish to pursue an advanced degree in Special Education. Candidates completing the degree program meet the academic requirements for a special education endorsement (K-6 or 7-12).
All candidates must have completed SPED 4800/8806 Emotional Development of Children and Youth and EDUC 2510 Applied Special Education or SPED 8030 Teaching Students with Exceptionalities (or an equivalent to any of these).
Candidates specializing in teaching students in special education can obtain K-6 or 7-12 endorsement. Upon completion of the program, candidates will meet the requirements of the Nebraska Department of Education for endorsement to teach children and youth with special education needs.
In addition to the previously specified prerequisites, candidates specializing in teaching students with mild/moderate disabilities must complete the following requirements:
Required Courses for Special Education (36 credit hours)
|Course Number||Course Name|
|SPED 8120||High Incidence Disabilities|
|SPED 8156||Reading and Writing in Special Education|
|SPED 8236||Language Development and Disorders for Teachers|
|SPED 8810||Research Methods in Special Education|
|SPED 8816||Classroom Management|
|SPED 8910||Assessment in Special Education|
|SPED 8980||Professional Collaboration|
|SPED 8646||Methods and Materials in Special Education|
|SPED 8656||Transition Planning (7-12)|
|SPED 8960||Advanced Assessment and Intervention|
|SPED 8970||Instructional Strategies|
|SPED 8720||Internship in Special Education (K-6 or 7-12)|
Candidates currently holding a Special Education endorsement can obtain a Master of Science degree in Special Education and would select an elective to replace SPED 8720.
If the candidate has completed comparable course work at the undergraduate level, course substitutions will be made in consultation with the advisor.
- Admission to the University of Nebraska at Omaha Graduate College
- Admission to the graduate program in Special Education, College of Education
- Bachelor's degree with a valid teaching certificate or completion of the deficiencies necessary for teacher certification
- Meet department application requirements
The thesis option program in Special Education requires candidates to register for 6 credit hours of SPED 8990 Thesis. Candidates must present and successfully defend a thesis to members of his or her committee. Remaining requirements are identical to those described above.
Endorsement Only Option
Candidates seeking only endorsement in a special education teaching area, but do not wish to obtain a Master’s degree must meet the same with the endorsement sequence consisting of all prerequisites, the courses for Special Education except for SPED 8810 Research Methods in Special Education.
Dr. Jessica Hagaman (last names A-M)
Dr. Kristine Swain (last names N-Z)