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

You can make a difference in the lives of children with special needs by completing the bachelor of science degree in Special Education (Grades K-6 or 7-12). These programs prepare you to teach and meet certification requirements by the Nebraska Department of Education to teach children and youth in grades K-6 or 7-12 who have disabilities. Following successful completion of your bachelor's degree, you can pursue additional grade-level or special teaching endorsements (i.e., Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Visual Impairments, Orientation and Mobility, or Early Childhood Special Education through our master's degree program.

Special Education programs are accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education. Employment opportunities for persons with a bachelor's degree and with a teaching certificate in special education are outstanding! Special education programs are required in all public schools, and schools are experiencing a shortage of adequately prepared special education teachers.  There are also great opportunities to pursue additional training at the graduate level in a variety of specific special education areas.


  • Special Education Teacher

Application to this program

Current UNL students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, 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.