Special Education (7-12)

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Public schools are experiencing a shortage of adequately prepared special education teachers. By completing this Bachelor of Science degree in special education (7-12), you will be ready to make a difference in the lives of students with special needs.

The Nebraska Difference



CEHS awards more than $200,000 annually in scholarships to incoming students.


1-to-1 Advising

Your assigned advisor will support you with academic planning throughout your time at Nebraska.


Career Coaching

Career coaches can help you plan for a meaningful career built upon your degree program.


Classroom Experience

Participate in practicum field experiences in a variety of classroom settings and grade levels.

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Program Features

Professional Mentoring 

Receive professional mentoring from content area experts who will help you transform your passion into teaching expertise.

Global Experiences 

Take an in-depth look at the education system in Costa Rica, gain experience teaching English to speakers of other languages in Ecuador or explore how Dutch schools welcome immigrants and refugees from around the world in the Netherlands during faculty-led global experiences.

Student Organizations

Interact with peers who have similar interests and develop your professional network by joining one of the many active student organizations on campus such as the UNL Aspiring Educators, Student Council for Exceptional Children or Future Teachers of Color.

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Notable Courses

Introduction to Special Education (SPED 201)

Learn basic concepts related to the education of exceptional learners, including historical factors, legislative statutes and instructional models.

Behavior Management (SPED 454)

Learn to manage student behavior. Functional assessment of and strategies for preventing behavior problems. Techniques for increasing prosocial behavior and non-aversive interventions.

Educating Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities (SPED 480)

Overview of the psychological, social and educational aspects of low-incidence disabilities, including autism, physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, vision and hearing loss and multiple disabilities.

Teaching Multilingual Learners in Content Areas (TEAC 413M)

Identify and design linguistically and culturally responsive instruction for multilingual learners in the content areas at all levels of K-12 education.

Fundamentals of Adolescent Development for Education (EDPS 251)

Explore fundamental concepts and principles of cognitive and social/emotional development from late childhood to early adulthood. Understand biosocial forces affecting behavior and educational development.

Multicultural Education (TEAC 330)

Intro to historical, sociological and philosophical foundations of multicultural education. Explores and models attitudes toward diversity, cultural knowledge, curricular resources and multicultural instructional practices for diverse PK-12 populations.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Counselor, Camp Kesem
  • Zoo crew manager, Lincoln Children’s Zoo
  • Student teacher, Lincoln Public Schools
  • Intern, Family Services


  • Special education teacher, Lincoln Public Schools
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBiS) coach, Lincoln Public Schools
  • Instructional strategist, Des Moines Public Schools
  • Special education teacher, Alief Independent School District

Graduate Schools

  • M.S. Special Education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • ESL Endorsement Program, Doane University
  • Physical Therapy, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Special Education (7-12) major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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