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Special Education

Endorsement in Special Education

Students are required by the State of Nebraska to take the Nebraska Praxis II test for certification.

in Special Education - THREE Options

Option 1:  Special Education 7 – 12 (For certified teachers)
Option 2:  Special Education K-6 (For certified teachers)
Option 3:  Special Education K-12 (For Initial Certification at the Advanced Level Students ONLY and contingent upon taking the EECIA prep course/passing exam)

Program Requirements

These courses make up the 25 hours of Required Courses for ALL SPED Certificate candidates – see below for Additional Requirements for each Option - 1, 2, or 3

EDS-610 Collaborative Teaching: An Inclusion Model – 3 credit hours
EDS-620 Exceptional Child – 3 credit hours
EDS-621 Advanced Assessment – 3 credit hours
EDS-621L Advanced Assessment Practicum – 1 credit hours
EDS-622 School Programming for Exceptional Youth – 3 credit hours
EDS-626 Advanced Instructional Modifications and Accommodations for Students – 3 credit hours
EDS-631 Teaching Strategies for Exceptional Children – 3 credit hours
EDS-632 Critical Issues in Special Education – 3 credit hours
EDS-699 Behavior Intervention Strategies – 3 credit hours

Option 1:  For the 7-12 Special Education Endorsement complete the following:

EDU-602 or EDU-614 or EDU-645 Assessment – 3 credit hours
EDS-625 Methods of Teaching Mild/Moderate Special Education – 3 credit hours
EDU-663 Reading/Writing in the Content Area – 3 credit hours
EDS-680B Practicum for Special Education 7-12 – 3 credit hours

*For elementary teachers who wish to add this endorsement you must complete an additional practicum experience in a secondary school and 9 hours in a core content area such as math, science, or social studies.

Option 2:  For the K-6 Special Education Endorstment:

EDU-602 or EDU-614 or EDU-645 Assessment – 3 credit hours
EDS-625 Methods of Teaching Mild/Moderate Special Education – 3 credit hours
EDU-663 Reading & Writing in the Content Area – 3 credit hours
EDS-680A Practicum for Special Education in K-6 – 3 credit hours

*For secondary teachers who wish to add this endorsement you must complete a reading course, a writing course, and a mathematics course for elementary students.

Option 3:  K-12 Special Education Certification - ONLY for Initial Certification at the Advanced Level Students

EDU-602 or EDU-614 or EDU-645 Assessment – 3 credit hours
EDS-625 Methods of Teaching Mild/Moderate Special Education – 3 credit hours
EDS-633 (Substitutes EDU-633) Special Education Practicum 7-12 – 3 credit hours
EDS-655 Student Teaching (Clinical Practice Experience) – 8 credit hours
EDU-663 Reading & Writing in the Content Area – 3 credit hours 
EDU-665 Beginning Teacher Seminar for Special Education – 3 credit hours
EDS-680A Practicum for Special Education in K-6 – 3 credit hours
EDS-699 Special Education Content Test Preparation – 1 credit hour
Students must complete a reading course, a writing, and a mathematics course for elementary students – 9 credit hours

* Complete all other Initial Certification at the Advanced Level requirements