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Special Education

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School of Arts and Sciences

A special education major helps prepare you for teaching children and youth with mild or moderate mental handicaps, learning disabilities or behavioral disorders. Teachers graduating from this program have certification for teaching kindergarten through 12th grade.

Students may obtain certification in both elementary education and special education. A coaching endorsement may also be added to the teaching majors.

The Doane College Education Program is known nationwide for its innovative, performance-based approach to teacher education based on a quality model of theory and developmental experiences.


Field Experience/Student Teaching

At Doane, pre-service teachers complete approximately 300 hours of practicum experience with K-12 students prior to student teaching.

  • Students begin working in classroom settings during their first year 
  • Student assisting continues during the sophomore and junior years
  • Full-time student teaching occurs during the senior year (ranging from 14 weeks for one endorsement to a maximum of 24 weeks for two endorsements)

Teacher Warranty

Doane was the FIRST college/university in the nation to offer a warranty of its teacher education graduates to hiring school districts. The college will provide free training for its new teachers as necessary at no cost to the school district or Doane graduate.

Guaranteed Placement

Doane College GUARANTEES its teacher education students employment following graduation in the education field.

Master of Education Degree

Following graduation in the teacher education program, all students extend their training in a summer semester of graduate work

  • 12 credit hours of graduate work
  • Graduate classes give Doane students an advantage over other college graduates in credits toward a master's degree
  • Site-based, the M.Ed. is offered at numerous locations in Nebraska, allowing our students to finish their graduate degree with ease. 

First-Year Mentoring

For many years, Doane has provided mentoring for its first-year teachers. An experienced teacher in the school works closely with new Doane teachers to help with this transition. Doane faculty also work with the new teachers, providing support and expertise.

Visit the Education Department Website for additional information.

Learning Environment

30292_008.jpgThe Chab Weyers Education and Hixson Lied Art Building provides new offices and classrooms for Doane's nationally recognized education and art programs.  The new building is designed to inspire teaching and learning in a collaborative work environment. Color, texture, lighting and acoustics are used to create a comfortable and enriching setting for students, faculty and staff.

Four customized classrooms on the third level are one of the features of the education portion of the building. These specialized classrooms and adjacent faculty offices are used for elementary education, special education, middle school education and secondary education. Students can simulate classroom teaching with many of the resources found in the nation's top school districts. Additionally, material-rich support space is found throughout the Education Department for use in preparing their assignments.

Four lecture rooms capable of being combined into one large conference room are available as a campus resource on the second floor of the building. Seating and breakout space can be easily reconfigured for lectures and conferences. This upscale environment provides students and faculty with a venue to plan learning activities complementing classroom instruction.

Learn more about the Chab Weyers Education and Hixson Lied Art Building.


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EDU 211 - Practicum IA (3)
EDU 221 - Practicum IB (3)
EDU 311 - Language Arts and Reading I (3)
EDU 312 - Language Arts and Reading II (3)
EDU 321 - Practicum IC (2)
EDU 338 - Children, Youth and the Family (3)
EDU 341 - Practicum ID (3)
EDS 207 - Introduction to Exceptional Children (3)
EDS 236 - Curricula and Collaboration in Special Education (3)
EDS 328 - Special Education Assessment (3)
EDS 332 - Methods for Secondary Special Education (3)
EDS 410 - The Collaborative and Inclusive Education (2)
EDS 426 - Integration of Special Education Competencies I (4)
EDS 428 - Integration of Special Education Competencies II (4)
EDS 456 - Student Teaching: Special Education (8)
IST 201 - Instructional Technology (3)
MTH 217 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers (3)
EDU 602 - Assessment Learning (3)
EDS 622 - School Programming for Exceptional Students (3)
EDS 626 - Advanced Instructional Adaptations (3)
EDS 665 - Special Education Beginning Teacher Seminar (3)