Elementary Education & Special Education (K-6)

Elementary Education & Special Education (K-6) Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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You can make a difference in the lives of young children with special needs by completing the Bachelor of Science degree in pre-elementary education and special education (Grades K-6). It's a dual-major program with elementary education and special education certification.

This program prepares you to teach and be certified in special education plus elementary education in grades K-6. We also offer a special education major for teaching students in grades 7-12. Following successful completion of your bachelor's degree, you can also pursue special teaching endorsements through our master's degree programs.


  • Special Education Teacher
  • Day Care Supervisor
  • Elementary Teacher (K-6)

Application to this program

Current UNL students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, and have 30 completed credit hours. The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST), and Level 1 Technology Requirement and the PRAXIS II #0011 are also required by the Nebraska Department of Education. It takes 4-6 weeks for us to receive your results, so make sure you take it a few months before applying.

The Elementary Education and Special Education (K-6) bachelor’s degree is not typically completed in four years. Because two teaching endorsements are included, the program requires course work beyond the 120 hours of a single endorsement. For more information about this degree, including course requirements, visit the program page in the UNL Undergraduate Bulletin at http://go.unl.edu/aa5s, or contact the CEHS undergraduate advising office at 402-472-8624.

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Sample 4-Year Plan