Special Education (K-6)

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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 (K-6), you will be ready to make a difference in the lives of elementary students with special needs.

The Nebraska Difference



CEHS awards more than $200,000 in scholarships to incoming students on an annual basis.


1:1 Advising

Your assigned advisor will support you with academic planning throughout your time in CEHS.


Career Coaching

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


Classroom Experience

Participate in practicum field experiences throughout your academic program, gaining experience with a variety of classroom settings and grade levels prior to student teaching.

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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 educational system in Costa Rica during a faculty-led global experience.

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.

Reading and Writing Disabilities: Elementary Students + Practicum (SPED 415A)

Learn to assess and teach early literacy skills in small groups and 1-to-1. Apply classroom learning by tutoring children at the Schmoker Reading Center.

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.

Fundamentals of Child Development for Education (EDPS 250)

Explore human development concepts and principles of cognitive and social/emotional development through early adolescence. Understand biosocial forces affecting children’s behavior and educational development.

Learning in the Classroom (EDPS 362)

Research-based practice in human cognition, theories of motivation, classroom management and classroom-based assessment supporting teaching and learning within diverse elementary settings.

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
  • Intern, America Reads
  • Student Teacher, Lincoln Public Schools


  • 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 (K-6) major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Dijon DeLaPorte
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