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Special Education Teaching Endorsement - Graduate

Campus Location: 
Grand Island
Lincoln
School: 
College of Education
Overview

Visit the College of Education Graduate website.

Four Endorsement Options

  1. Special Education Endorsement 7-12
  2. Special Education Endorsement K-6
  3. Special Education K-12 ONLY for Initial Certification at the Advanced Level Students

Special Education Endorsement for Certified Teachers Program Overview

The Special Education endorsement is designed to train teachers to demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical, historical and legal foundations of education for learners with mild or moderate disabilities. At the completion of coursework, teachers will be able to apply the related concepts, principles and processes in their school setting.

Candidacy Requirements

To work toward the Special Education endorsement, candidates must hold or have held a Nebraska certificate in elementary, secondary, or middle grades education, In addition, the following must be completed:
• Must have completed student teaching in an area of certification
• Must have completed practicum experiences in an area of certification
• Must have completed methods course work in an area of certification

Program Requirements

A minimum of 40 graduate hours are required for successful completion of the Mild, Moderate Disabilities endorsement. Practicum experience can be completed at the teacher’s school. The practicum requires a minimum of 150 hours working with special education students. An additional internship is required if the candidate is changing levels of certification.

For additional information visit:

Master of Education endorsement page

Major/Minor

Required 25 credits for all three SPED certificate options:

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

1.  Required 18 credits for those  who wish to be endorsed SPED 7-12

  • EDU 602 or EDU 614 or EDU 645 Assessment (3)
  • EDS 680B Practicum for Special Education in 7 - 12 (3)
  • EDU 663 Reading & Writing in the Content Area (3)
  • EDS 625 Mthds Teaching Mild/Moderate Special Ed (3)
  • Graduate Elective (6)

2. Required 21 credits for those who wish to be endorsed SPED K-6

  • EDU 602 or EDU 614 or EDU 645 Assessment (3)
  • EDS 680A Practicum for Special Education in K-6 (3)
  • EDU 663 Reading & Writing in the Content Area (3)
  • EDS 625 Mthds Teaching Mild/Moderate Special Ed (3)
  • 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. (9)

3. Required 36 credits for ONLY Initial Program at the Advanced Level for Certification students wishing to be endorsed SPED K-12

  • EDU 602 or EDU 614 or EDU 645 Assessment (3)
  • EDS 680A Practicum for Special Education K-12 (3)
  • EDU 663 Reading in the Content Area (3)
  • EDS 625 Mthds Teaching Mild/Moderate Special Ed (3)
  • EDS 633 (Substitutes for EDU 633) Special Education Practicum 7-12 (3)
  • EDS 665 Beginning Teacher Seminar for Special Education (3)
  • EDS 655 Student Teaching in Special Education (8)
  • EDS 699 EECIA Examination Preparation Course (1)
  • Two three-credit Language Arts graduate courses – one in reading and one in writing for K-8 (6)
  • Mathematics Methods for Elementary Education (3)

* *Complete Initial Program at the Advanced Level for Certification requirements.

CONTENT TESTING

Candidates applying for any initial endorsement(s) to be placed on a Nebraska certificate must provide evidence they have passed the required Praxis II test for the endorsement.  Both certified and Initial Certification at the Advanced Level students seeking a Special Education endorsement must pass the Special Education:  Core Knowledge and Application test, code 5354.
 

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