Special Education Undergraduae Degree Program

College of Education


Campus Location: Crete


A special education degree program helps prepare you for teaching children and youth with mild or moderate mental handicaps, learning disabilities, or behavioral disorders. Teachers graduating from this special education 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 University 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, students complete a minimum of 225 clock hours of clinical field experience prior to student teaching.

  • This field experience component is designed to engage the pre-service teacher in teaching and learning experiences in PK-12 classrooms during their sophomore and junior year.
  • These experiences can include lesson design and implementation, small group facilitation, and one-on-one instruction.
  • Student teaching is an extended ten to fourteen week experience in a PK-12 setting where each student has primary responsibility for a classroom during the senior year.  Each major or endorsement may extend into an additional student teaching experience.

Teacher Warranty / First Year Mentoring

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 for first year teachers a Teacher Support System.

  • Employing school appoints a mentor
  • Area meetings of first year teachers
  • Individual site visits / in-person classroom visits
  • First year teachers opportunity to enroll in Beginning Teacher Seminar course

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. 
Karla Cooper, Associate Professor of Practice

Karla Cooper - Associate Professor of Practice

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Rod Diercks, Professor

Rod Diercks - Professor

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Marilyn Johnson Farr, Professor

Marilyn Johnson Farr - Professor

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Tim Frey, Dean of College of Education

Tim Frey - Dean of College of Education

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Emily Griesch, Assistant Professor

Emily Griesch - Assistant Professor

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Marie Knapp, Assistant Registrar

Marie Knapp - Assistant Registrar

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Carol Mack, Assistant Professor of Practice

Carol Mack - Assistant Professor of Practice

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Cindy Meyer, Associate Professor

Cindy Meyer - Associate Professor

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Lisa Vargason, Assistant to the Dean of Education

Lisa Vargason - Assistant to the Dean of Education

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Denee Wehrs, Adjunct Faculty

Denee Wehrs - Adjunct Faculty

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Tiffany Young, Assistant Professor

Tiffany Young - Assistant Professor

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