Education - Special Education, Bachelor of Science

This program is designed for candidates preparing for careers serving children and youth with disabilities. This program prepares candidates to be special education teachers at the elementary or secondary level. The preparation meets or exceeds the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) initial level special educator preparation standards for special education teachers.

Other Information

Praxis II Content Test

All educator preparation candidates are required to receive a passing score on the Praxis II content test in each endorsement area of their preparation prior to being awarded initial teacher certification through the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE)

This link will take you to the ETS website page for the Nebraska Department of Education requirements. The page lists the Nebraska requirements for each endorsement area.

Student Organizations

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) is an organization that is dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities. The student chapter is associated with the International Council for Exceptional Children. For more information contact Dr. Elizabeth Leader-Janssen at eleaderjanssen@unomaha.edu.

Contact

512 Roskens Hall
6005 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182-0054
402.554.2201

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Elementary (K-6) Requirements

Elementary (K-6) candidates are required to take the following special education courses:

Courses Required for Major (Core Curriculum)
SPED 1500INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION3
SPED 3020DATA COLLECTION TECHNIQUE: ROLE IN TEACHING LEARNING PROCESS3
SPED 4000PRACTICUM IN SPECIAL EDUCATION3
SPED/COUN 4010MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOLS: RISK FACTORS AND INTERVENTIONS3
SPED 4150LETERACY ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES3
SPED 4230LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND DISORDERS FOR TEACHERS3
SPED 4640METHODS AND MATERIALS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION3
SPED 4710INTERACTIONS AND COLLABORATION3
SPED 4720CLINICAL PRACTICE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION12
SPED 4800SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH3
SPED 4810BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORTS3
Required Related Coursework
PE 4150ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION THEORY AND PRACTICE3
TED 3350TEACHING AND ASSESSING READING IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS6
TED 4330TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS: ELEMENTARY3
TED 4340TEACHING OF SCIENCE: ELEMENTARY3
MTCH 2000MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS I3
MTCH 2010MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS II3
Educator Preparation Program Required Courses
TED 2100EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS3
TED 2200HUMAN RELATIONS FOR BIAS-FREE CLASSROOMS3
TED 2300HUMAN GROWTH AND LEARNING3
TED 2400PLANNING FOR EFFECTIVE TEACHING6
Related Electives
HED 3030FIRST AID3
PSYC 3130STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES3
PSYC/SOC 3450SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 3510EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 3520CHILD PSYCHOLOGY3
SPED 1110AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I3
SPED 1114AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I LAB1
Total Credits97

Secondary (7-12) Requirements

Secondary (7-12) candidates are required to take the following special education courses:

Courses Required for Major (Core Curriculum)
SPED 1500INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION3
SPED 3020DATA COLLECTION TECHNIQUE: ROLE IN TEACHING LEARNING PROCESS3
SPED 4000PRACTICUM IN SPECIAL EDUCATION3
SPED/COUN 4010MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOLS: RISK FACTORS AND INTERVENTIONS3
SPED 4150LETERACY ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES3
SPED 4230LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND DISORDERS FOR TEACHERS3
SPED 4640METHODS AND MATERIALS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION3
SPED 4650TRANSITION PLANNING3
SPED 4710INTERACTIONS AND COLLABORATION3
SPED 4720CLINICAL PRACTICE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION12
SPED 4800SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH3
SPED 4810BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORTS3
Required Related Coursework
PE 4150ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION THEORY AND PRACTICE3
MTCH 2000MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS I3
MTCH 2010MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS II3
TED 3550SECONDARY CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT3
TED 3690LITERACY AND LEARNING3
TED 4660YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE3
Educator Preparation Program Required Courses
TED 2100EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS3
TED 2200HUMAN RELATIONS FOR BIAS-FREE CLASSROOMS3
TED 2300HUMAN GROWTH AND LEARNING3
TED 2400PLANNING FOR EFFECTIVE TEACHING6
Related Electives
HED 3030FIRST AID3
PSYC 3130STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES3
PSYC/SOC 3450SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 3510EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 3540ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY3
SPED 1110AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I3
SPED 1114AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I LAB1
Total Credits97

For more information and a complete listing of program requirements visit the website at http://coe.unomaha.edu/sped.

Sign Language Interpreter

Related Coursework (9 hours)
PSYC 1010INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY I3
PSYC 2500LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 4590PSYCHOLOGY OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN3
ASL Development Requirements (26 credits)
SPED 1110
SPED 1114
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I
and AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I LAB
4
SPED 1120
SPED 1124
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II
and AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II LAB
4
SPED 2110
SPED 2114
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE III
and AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE III LAB
4
SPED 2120
SPED 2124
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE IV
and AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE IV LAB
4
SPED 3110
SPED 3114
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE V
and AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE V LAB
4
SPED 2200HISTORY, PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY OF DEAFNESS3
SPED 3100ENGLISH/ASL COMPARATIVE LINGUISTICS3
Interpreting Development Requirements (44 credits)
SPED 2100PROFESSIONALISM & ETHICS OF INTERPRETING3
SPED 3120ACADEMIC INTERPRETING3
SPED 3130COMMUNITY INTERPRETING3
SPED 3140DISCOURSE ANALYSIS AND SOCIOLINGUISTICS FOR INTERPRETERS3
SPED 3150COGNITIVE PROCESSING IN ASL AND ENGLISH3
SPED 4180INTERPRETING IN SPECIALIZED SETTINGS3
SPED 4310VOICE-TO-SIGN3
SPED 4320SIGN-TO-VOICE3
SPED 4110SIGNED ENGLISH AND OTHER SYSTEMS3
SPED 4240TEACHING/INTERPRETING LANGUAGE TO DEAF/HARD OF HEARING5
SPED 4740EDUCATIONAL INTERPRETING PRACTICUM AND SEMINAR6
SPED 4760COMMUNITY INTERPRETING PRACTICUM AND SEMINAR6
Total Credits79

Grade requirements in Sign Language Interpreting program

Grade of "C-" or better required in General Education Courses and electives. "C" or better is required in Related Coursework, ASL Development and Interpreting Development and Interpreting Development.  The advanced writing course also required a "C" or better.

GPA requirements in Sign Language Interpreting Program

Students must maintain a 2.5 minimum GPA to remain in the major.  Once students pass ASL 2 SPED 1120/SPED 1124,they will require a 2.5 GPA to meet course prerequisites.