Special Education: Area of Study In Mild Moderate Disabilities, M.A., M.Ed., Endorsement
Degree: Masters Degree: Endorsement Program Type: Online Interest: Communication Disorders

Preparing teachers to work with students who have emotional/behavioral disorders, learning disabilities and mild-moderate mental handicaps.

If you are already a certified teacher then obtaining a graduate degree in special education will allow you to become a leader in your field with specialized training in an specific disability area. The field of special education is in demand of highly trained teachers who can provide the vision and leadership in the field to better meet the needs of students with disabilities.

If you aren't a certified special education teacher, you can also apply for the graduate program and in the process of gaining specialized training you can earn your initial or added endorsement in Special Education. You may select to focus your training on K–6, 7–I2 or K–7 grade levels. Programs vary in credit based on the grade level.

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U.S. News and World Report Rankings2016 U.S. News and World Report rankings place this program 14th on the list of "Best Online Graduate Education Programs."


Tuition & Fees For Special Education: Mild, Moderate Disabilities

Graduate: Application & Admission

Program & Courses

You have the option to take a single class or interest, pursue an endorsement, or complete a graduate degree. Up to 18 credit hours may be transferred into a degree program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Endorsement Options

The required UNL courses for a Masters degree in special education may be completed in 2 years by taking classes on a part-time basis. lf you are adding an endorsement with your Master's degree it may take 3+ years to complete it on a part-time basis. Approved coursework required for your degree or coursework may be taken from all NU campuses.

Requirements if you hold a current teaching certificate and are adding a special education endorsement (30 credit hours):

  • Foundational Courses (9 credits)
  • Professional Courses (approximately 21 credits—varies by grade level)

Requirements if you want to obtain an initial endorsement in special (50-55 credit hours):

  • Elementary (K–6)
    • Foundational & Professional courses (27 credits)
    • Additional courses (23 credits)
  • Secondary (7–12)
    • Foundational & Professional courses (30 credits)
    • Additional courses (25 credits)

Undergraduate coursework may be applicable for the endorsement only, not for the master's degree.

Master's Degree

  • Coursework required for the endorsement program listed above (50–55 credit hours)
  • Research methods or statistics (3 credits)
  • Supportive courses of interest which include credit hours outside the major (varies)
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Transfer Credits

Each degree program within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major. In most instances, you will be requested to submit the respective course syllabus.

Transfer credit information for graduate degrees

Career Services

If you’re enrolled as a degree seeking student in a UNL program you’ll have access to the same career services as on-campus students. Don’t live in the immediate area? We’ll come to you by providing phone or Skype consultations.

After you graduate, the Nebraska Alumni Association will continue to help with resources and events for job seekers.


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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