Special Information for Special Teachers-To-Be!
The program in special education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is intended to prepare educators to serve students with disabilities in a variety of educational environments.
"So what does a Special Ed teacher do, anyway?"Special education teachers typically are hired to serve a variety of students with various disabilities in public schools, where they assess student needs, develop individualized instructional programs, teach academic and social skills, and provide assistance to other educators. One of their main jobs is to work with classroom teachers to accommodate students with disabilities in various school settings and programs. Disabilities include mental retardation, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, emotional or behavioral disorders, severe disabilities, visual and hearing disabilities and others. Some special educators are also hired in a variety of other educational, vocational, or social service programs serving persons of all ages with disabilities as well.
"What is included in the program that you have to offer me?"At the present time, the Special Education Program in 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. We also offer graduate education in special education.
"What's my first step on my path to becoming a Special Education teacher? "Find out what the requirements are for admission to a UNL program and seek information about careers in the area. We would invite you to come visit with a College of Education and Human Sciences advisor. Make an appointment by calling 402-472-8631.
"I think I might want to get an advanced degree. Where can I get information?"Our website should have all the information you need.
"Can I find a job? "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.
UNL Career Services is there to help you. They have an Educational Employment Division (402-472-0145) and can introduce you to recruiters looking for Special Education teachers.
"What kinds of courses will I be taking?"
Here's a list!
"What forms are needed to apply for programs in this department?"The forms are online for your convenience.
"Why is the Department of Special Education such a great place to get an education?"You are invited to visit the website at www.unl.edu and explore all we have to offer you!
"Who might I have for professors?"
Among the best in the nation!Let's eavesdrop in the halls of the Barkley Memorial Center, home of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders.