Special EducationMaster of Education (M.Ed.)

If you are focused on professional education issues and want to specialize in special education, this is a good master’s degree choice for you. Choose this graduate degree if you are seeking special education endorsements.

Option B: You must earn a minimum of 36 semester hours of credit in courses representing a major and either one or two minors. A thesis is not required. A program consisting of a major and one minor must include no fewer than 18 hours in the major and 9 hours in the minor. If two minors are elected, the major must total at least 15 hours and the minors at least 9 hours each.  In either case, at least 12 of the 36 hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900- or 800-level without 400 or lower counterparts). At least 6 semester hours selected from education courses outside the major must be included and supporting work may be substituted for the minor(s).

Application to this program

Visit the Office of Graduate Studies website and submit the following:

  • Online application 
  • Transcripts 
  • TOEFL scores (International students only) (Institution code = 6877) 
  • Financial Resource Certification (International students only)

You must also enter or upload the following:

  • Resume/vita
  • Personal statement, addressing the following: (1) Why do you want to pursue a Master's degree and what skillset do you want to acquire that you wouldn't otherwise have without this degree? (2) What challenges do you anticipate experiencing in graduate school (e.g., balancing work and/or family, time management), and what strategies will you use to overcome the challenges? (3) How do you monitor learning, at what stage do you determine you need to alter your approach to studying, and what would those changes entail? *Your answers will also be judged based on the quality of your writing.*
  • Prerequisite courses
  • Names and contact information for three references of your choosing. (The system will automatically email the specified people and request that each upload the recommendation.)
  • Assistantship / Fellowship Application (optional) 
  • Writing Sample (Optional)

Deadline for Applicants

May 1. (Summer/Fall admission)
January 15.  (Summer/Fall admission)

Contact graduate@unl.edu with any questions regarding the application process.