Bachelor of Science – Education – Field Endorsement in Special Education (Grades K-12)

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Students seeking a teaching endorsement in the area of Special Education (K-12) are required to complete the following courses in addition to the Professional Education courses and the Essential Studies Program requirements. A student must maintain the required minimum GPA as determined by the Nebraska Department of Education (See Teacher Education Handbook for current GPA)

The Teacher Internship experience in Special Education (K-12) requires Teacher Internship experience in a Special Education setting at the secondary level, as well as Teacher Internship experience at the elementary level; (EDUC 490 TEACHER INTERNSHIP - STUDENT TEACHING and EDUC 495 EDUCATION CAPSTONE.)

Professional Education

The following courses are prerequisites to the Professional Year. A student must maintain the required minimum GPA as determined by the Nebraska Department of Education (See Teacher Education Handbook for current GPA) No Professional Education Course grade may be below a C.

Essential Studies
Professional Education Courses
EDUC 131INTRODUCTION TO TEACHING3
EDUC 224TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES FOR LEARNING3
EDUC 300SECONDARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL OBSERVATION AND PARTICIPATION1-3
EDUC 329ASSESSMENT FOUNDATIONS2
EDUC 433THE MIDDLE SCHOOL 13
PSYC 231EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
SPED 230INTRODUCTION TO THE EXCEPTIONAL LEARNER3
SPED 334DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION FOR DIVERSE CLASSROOMS3
Special Education Endorsement Courses (K-12)42
Professional Year (Two Semesters)
"Block"6-12
EDUC 490TEACHER INTERNSHIP - STUDENT TEACHING9
EDUC 495EDUCATION CAPSTONE 23
Total Credits81-89
1

May be taken concurrently with Block Professional Semester

2

 Must be taken concurrently with EDUC 490 TEACHER INTERNSHIP - STUDENT TEACHING.

Special Education Endorsement Courses (K-12)

CTE 431INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMS IN CTE3
HPER 422INTRO TO ADAPTED PHYS ED3
PSYC 334DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3
or FCS 139 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
READ 431IMPROVEMENT OF INSTRUCTION IN READING3
SPED 216PRE-REFERRAL CLINICAL EXPERIENCE1
SPED 232INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATORS3
SPED 317MICROTEACH IN ECE/ELEM/MS/SEC SPED2
SPED 331BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION AND MANAGEMENT3
SPED 432ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL/SECONDARY METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR MILD/MODERATE DISABILITIES3
SPED 433PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION, AND MANAGEMENT3
SPED 435ASSESSING INDIVIDUALS WITH MILD/MODERATE DISABILITIES3
SPED 438CONSULTATION/COLLABORATION3
SPED 439LANGUAGE AND LEARNING DISORDERS3
SPED 455CHAR. LEARNING DISABILITIES3
One Core Content course (Math, Science, Social Science, or Language Arts)3
Total Credits42

Professional Year (Two Semesters)

Comprised of the “Block” Professional Semester and the Teacher Internship semester. Students pursuing only the Special Education Endorsement program may select to complete their Professional Year course work requirements by enrolling in either the Elementary Professional Year (Elementary Block route) or the Secondary Professional Year (Secondary Block route). Options are outlined below.

The following courses can be taken only as part of the Professional Year. A student must maintain the required minimum GPA as determined by the Nebraska Department of Education (See Teacher Education Handbook for current GPA) No Professional Year Course grade may be below a C.

Semester #1/Option 1 – Elementary Block Route

EDUC 413EELEM/MS CURR & COUN1
EDUC 414ECLASSROOM MANAGEMENT1
EDUC 415EHUMAN REL/MULTI-CULTURAL1
EDUC 416EELEMENTARY/MS ASSESSMENT1
EDUC 417ETEACH READING DIAGNOSIS1
EDUC 422TEACHING ELEM/MS SCI/HEALTH2
EDUC 423TEACHING PRIMARY READ & WRITIN2
EDUC 424TEACHING INTERM READING & WRIT2
SPED 412ESPECIAL EDUCATION PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES1
Total Credits12

Semester #1/Option 2 – Secondary Block Route

EDUC 411SREADING/WRITING IN CONTENT ARE1
EDUC 412SCURRICULUM AND STANDARDS1
EDUC 414SSECONDAY/MS CLASSROOM MGMT1
EDUC 415SHUMAN REL/MULTI-CULTURAL1
EDUC 418SSECONDARY/MS ASSESSMENT1
SPED 412SSPECIAL EDUCATION PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES1
Total Credits6

Semester #2 – Teacher Internship

EDUC 490TEACHER INTERNSHIP - STUDENT TEACHING9
EDUC 495EDUCATION CAPSTONE3
Total Credits12

EDUC 490 TEACHER INTERNSHIP - STUDENT TEACHING and EDUC 495 EDUCATION CAPSTONE must be taken concurrently and may be taken only upon successful completion of the Professional Semester #1 Block. A student must maintain the required minimum GPA as determined by the Nebraska Department of Education (See Teacher Education Handbook for current GPA) and no Professional Year Course grade may be below a “C”.

NOTE: The Praxis II Test #5354 Special Education: Core Knowledge & Application must be taken as a requisite for graduation for all candidates seeking a Special Education endorsement.