This program will endorse an individual to teach Special Education (Mild/Moderate Disabled) in grades Kindergarten through twelve (12).

Contact Information

School of Education
(402) 872-2244

Office of Admissions
1-800-742-4412 option 1
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Learning Outcomes

  1. Content Area Studies–Teacher education candidates develop content area expertise teacher candidates will have a broad knowledge in the field or subject in which they choose to specialize.
  2. Pedagogical Studies–Teacher education candidates develop pedagogical content knowledge, teacher candidates will demonstrate a repertoire of methods that make content knowledge easily understood and relevant by a variety of learners
  3. Professional Disposition & Integrity—Teacher education candidates develop professional dispositions, character, skills and traits appropriate for the teaching profession. The candidates demonstrate professionalism, dependability, social maturity, a cooperative attitude, enthusiasm, initiative, and confidentiality, especially as it relates to student information.  
  4. Professional Development—Teacher education candidates recognize what is involved in being a lifelong educator, establish their own professional identities, and effectively collaborate within the learning community.

Program Faculty

Candy Blecha
Instructor of Education
Felicity Balluch
Assistant Professor of Special Education

Core Classes:

EDUC 208 Teacher Education Principles & Practicum
EDUC 209 Teacher Education Orientation
EDUC 255 Differentiated Instruction for the Diverse Learner
EDUC 300 Managing the Learning Environment for Effective Teaching*
EDUC 315 Educational Technology*
EDUC 317 Assessment for Student Learning*
EDUC 400 Professional and Collaborative Practices*
EDUC 420 Student Teaching Seminar*
SPED 200 Introduction to Special Education
SPED 435 Special Education Student Teaching*

General Studies Requirements:

PSYC 250 Human Growth & Development

Requirements for Special Education K-12 Option:

EDUC 334 Teaching Reading in Elementary School*
EDUC 365 Child Abuse & Neglect Detection
EDUC 403 Diagnostic and Remedial Reading*
EDUC 405 Diagnostic and Remedial Math*
EDUC 430 Integrated Curriculum for the Elementary Environment*
EDUC 438 Professional Collaboration with Parents & Families*
SPED 300 Assessment in Special Education*
SPED 307 Practicum in Special Education*
SPED 353 Speech Correction & Development*
SPED 383 Education of Students with Autism & Low Incidence Disabilities
SPED 385 Education of Students with Cognitive Disabilities*
SPED 393 The Special Education Process from Referral to Post-Graduation*
SPED 407 Special Education Coordination Practicum*
SPED 420 Differentiating Assessment Practices in an Inclusive Setting*
SPED 430 Methods in Special Education Program Management*
SPED 440 Behavior Management*
SPED 450 Coordination of Special Education Programs*
SPED 460 Transitional Strategies*
SPED 465 Education of Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders*

*indicates restricted course

Professional Organizations:

 PSEA – Peru Student Education Association
KDP – Kappa Delta Pi
CEC – Council for Exceptional Children