Pre-Special Education (7-12)College of Education and Human Sciences

What you will learn

The Special Education Program in the College of Education and Human Sciences at UNL offers an undergraduate teaching concentration in the area of Mild/Moderate Disabilities at either the K-6 or 7-12 grade levels. The K-6 program is a Dual Major Program with Elementary Education and Special Education certification. This program prepares graduates to teach and be certified in mild/moderate disabilities, grades K-6 and elementary education, grades K-6. We also offer a special education major for individuals who wish to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities grades 7-12. Following this Bachelor's Degree, a graduate can specialize in any of our special endorsement areas at the Master's level.

Career Opportunities

Special Education programs are accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education. Employment opportunities for persons with a Bachelor's degree and with a teaching certificate in Mild/Moderate Disabilities are outstanding! Schools are experiencing a shortage of adequately prepared special education teachers. Special education programs are required in all public schools, and the demand for these teachers is very strong. There are also great opportunities to pursue additional specialized training at the graduate level in a variety of specific special education areas.

The NEBRASKA difference

The Special Education Program in the College of Education and Human Sciences at UNL offers an undergraduate teaching concentration in the area of Mild/Moderate Disabilities at either the K-6 or 7-12 grade levels. The K-6 program is a Dual Major Program with Elementary Education and Special Education certification. This program prepares graduates to teach and be certified in mild/moderate disabilities, grades K-6 and elementary education, grades K-6. We also offer a special education major for individuals who wish to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities grades 7-12. Following this Bachelor's Degree, a graduate can specialize in any of our special endorsement areas at the Master's level.

Internships / Clubs

Notable internships and clubs include the Special Olympics College Nebraska, and the Student Education Association.

Facilities

The Barkley Memorial Center on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is named in memory of William E. and Edna M. Barkley. The Barkleys established a trust to support making the University of Nebraska-Lincoln a center for the preparation of teachers and other professionals to educate children and adults with speech and hearing disabilities. Money from the Trust allowed construction of the Barkley Memorial Center to house academic programs in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Special Education. The Trust also supports services for individuals with speech and hearing impairments.

The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders is housed in this fine facility. It is a modern 52,000 square foot barrier-free building that was built in two stages. The first stage (34,000 square feet) was dedicated in September of 1976 and the second stage (an 18,000 square foot addition) was dedicated in April of 1986. A third addition on the north side of the building was completed in 2001.