Special Education

University of Nebraska Omaha

24 months
16020 USD/year
16020 USD/year
7138 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The mission of the Special Education and Communication Disorders department is to prepare dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who are unique in their ability to facilitate, design, implement, and evaluate programs for individuals with disabilities.


This is accomplished by creating opportunities for the acquisition and maintenance of knowledge, skills, and dispositions as prescribed by the Council for Exceptional Children, the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (for graduate program only), and state and federal regulations.

Graduate candidates follow a course of study with accompanying practical experiences that are grounded in learned society theory, research, evidence-based practice, and experience. Our candidates develop essential interpersonal skills that make them valued members of collaborative, interdisciplinary teams in a variety of settings. Thus, each program of study is designed to promote problem-solving skills that enable candidates to continue to broaden their skills and enhance their expertise throughout their professional career. These skills facilitate the recognition and integration of professional ethics with the individual needs and values of the communities they serve.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • High Incidence Disabilities

  • Reading and Writing Instruction for Students with Disabilities

  • Research Methods in Special Education

  • Assessment in Special Education

  • Professional Collaboration

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Include a formal written statement, at least one page in length, of why you want to pursue a Master's degree in Special Education or Behavior Intervention Specialist. Explain career goals and additional experiences with individuals with disabilities.
  • Personal Fitness Statement (formerly Rule 20/21 Form)
  • Copy of Teaching Certificate
  • All candidates must have completed SPED 4800/8806 Emotional Development of Children and Youth and EDUC 2510 Applied Special Education or SPED 8030 Teaching Students with Exceptionalities (or an equivalent to any of these), and methods courses in reading and math.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16020 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    16020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16020 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    7138 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7138 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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