Special Education Supervisor Endorsement

Special Education Supervisor Endorsement

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Program Length

2 years





GRE/Entrance Exam

Not Required

MeD Handbook

Application Process

Become endorsed to lead in special education

Are you interested in a special education leadership position? If so, a Special Education Supervisor endorsement is the program for you. This endorsement prepares you to serve in special education administrative and supervisory roles in Nebraska schools providing services for students with disabilities, of all ages.

The Nebraska Difference

That is why we have built a program focused on standards, supported by research, and founded on relationships. Our program is aligned with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) as well as the Nebraska Teacher and Principal Performance Standards (NTPPS). But we didn’t stop there. Our faculty have used research and practical experience to identify three core competencies we seek to develop in future school leaders. We call it The Nebraska Difference.

Our Unique Program

Award-Winning Faculty

  • Students learn from faculty who conduct and share leading research on authentic school leadership challenges. These scholars are devoted their careers to teaching, researching, discovering, and sharing what works in school leadership.
  • Students also learn from faculty with decades of real world experience as school leaders. These leaders have walked the walk of school leadership as principals, superintendents, and more.

Accessible Courses

  • Students form meaningful relationships with classmates, faculty, and others through a unique combination of face-to-face and online courses.

Extra Opportunities

Individual Attention

  • Students complete an authentic internship experience in their districts with support from a field-based mentor and faculty member. Students learn from leading Nebraska superintendents in two dynamic, hands-on summer seminars, held at the Nebraska Council of School Administrators offices in Lincoln

Critical Friends

  • Students learn from expert school leaders with well-established expertise on particular topics.

Launching Your Journey

For educators in K-12 schools who have a passion for providing building level leadership, completion of the Certificate Endorsement program enables them to be certificated as a Supervisor of Special Education.

Program Curriculum

If you already have a Masters Degree in education, you can pursue a certificate endorsement program that would not lead to another Masters Degree. Many students enrolled in the Departmental program intend to satisfy the requirements for a Nebraska Administrative and Supervisory Certificate, at either the standard or professional level, with administrative endorsements that will qualify them for employment as administrators in K-12 school systems.

  • EDAD 800: Foundations of Research A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 830: Administrative Theory in Educational Organizations Introduction to classic and contemporary administrative theory as applied to educational organizations. The theoretical nature of the course content is relevant to those with an interest in a broad variety of educational institutions. General organizational theory, organizational models, historical schools of administrative theory, authority, power, motivation, and leadership. Frequently students are involved in studying problems of practice as a means of testing theory.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 903: Issues in Community Relations Principles of community relations and public relations; development of school and community understanding; collaboration of educators and community agents and agencies; communication tools and evaluation.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 851: Faculty and Staff Appraisal Faculty and support staff in P-12 schools: appraisal, professional learning communities, high standards/high performance and accountability.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 852: School Culture and Behavior School culture and student behavior in P-12 schools. Personalized teaching and learning environments that address student diversity, needs and interests.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 837: Education Law Evolution, principles, and practice of education law in relation to local, state, and national units of organization. Education law of Nebraska.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • SPED 809: Intro to Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 811: Special Education Supervisor Internship May be repeated for credit. Rating and supervision of teachers; principles and procedures in the development of school policies; selection and promotion of teachers; courses of study and professional ethics.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 833: Educational Finance Critical analysis of the political and economic elements impacting K-12 school finance. Content and activities address both building and district level concerns with an emphasis on principles, programs, and trends in school finance.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 811: Special Education Supervisor Internship May be repeated for credit. Rating and supervision of teachers; principles and procedures in the development of school policies; selection and promotion of teachers; courses of study and professional ethics.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • SPED 857: Special Education Administration For principals or other administrators who have special education programs in their buildings. Overview of disabilities, related law, special education programs, personnel issues, etc., and instructional methods and administrative support for effective integration of disabled students into regular programs.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • SPED 960: Family and School Collaboration in Special Education Principles and practices for effective partnerships among schools, families, and the community. Cultural reciprocity and family systems theory are emphasized. Spend time with a family with a child with special needs, in order to gain firsthand knowledge of the family experience. Reflect upon these experiences in relationship to readings and discussions.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective: SPED 860/843/824/872/846
    • Credit Hours: 3

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

The application deadline is April 1 (for summer), July 1 (for fall), and Nov. 1 (for spring).
Graduate Admission Requirements
  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.
    • **Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Major Admission Requirements
  • Personal Statement (max 500 words):
    • This statement should include professional goals, areas of academic interest, and why the applicant is applying to UNL.
  • Current Nebraska teaching license (or equivalent)
  • Two letters of recommendation


Want to know more?

Shavonna Holman Associate Professor of Practice, P-12 School Leadership M.A. Coordinator

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