Behavior Specialist

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


Surveys of school personnel consistently indicate behavior management is the area with which they want more experience and training. Further, increasing numbers of students today are presenting more severe challenging behaviors and mental health problems (e.g., depression, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder) than in previous decades. The Behavior Specialist graduate certificate option provides focused, advanced coursework and training for personnel in the fields of special education, school counseling, psychology, and social work, and school administration to address behavioral challenges many students present in schools. Recipients of the proposed certificate will be able to proactively and positively intervene at a high level with students who present challenging behaviors.

Students who obtain this graduate certificate may meet eligibility requirements for the Behavior Intervention Specialist supplemental endorsement from the Nebraska Department of Education. Interested students should work closely with their advisor(s) regarding the NDE endorsment.

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Dr. Reece Peterson

Dr. John Maag

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Ms. Jill England

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by the department

  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Purpose/Goals
  • 3 references
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
Application deadline
Rolling Admission


This graduate certificate is 18 credit hours. To earn the Certificate, participants must complete the requisite coursework with grades of B- or higher in all classes.


  • SPED 809: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Effective Assessment and Intervention
  • SPED 824: Functional Behavior Assessment
  • SPED 843: Characteristics of LD and EBD
  • SPED 907B. Seminar in Behavioral Needs
  • SPED 954: Behavioral Systems and Interventions for Schools
  • SPED 942: Strategic Interventions for Students with Behavioral Needs

Cost of attendance

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More course information

The Course Catalog provides course descriptions and prerequisites, grouped by subject area.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors for courses being offered in current and near-future terms.

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