Sensory Disabilities

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


The certificate will provide additional education for professionals interested in students with sensory disabilities. Through focused coursework about unique programs and services, collaboration with families, and specialized instructional methods, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to effectively work with and support students who have unique sensory learning needs.

The Graduate Certificate in Sensory Disabilities alone does not qualify the holder to apply for a Nebraska teaching endorsement in Deaf Education or Visual Impairment. Students interested in pursuing an endorsement in either Deaf Education or Visual Impairment will be able to take additional coursework and should contact Dr. Thomas (Deaf Education) or Dr. Savaiano (Visual Impairments) for more information.

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Coordinator (Deaf Education)
Dr. Anne Thomas

Coordinator (Visual Impairments)
Dr. Mackenzie Savaiano

Graduate Secretary
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

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.

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


The Sensory Disabilities graduate certificate is a 12-credit hour program.


  • SPED 846: Foundations of Visual Impairment
  • SPED 872: Psychology and Sociology of Deafness: An Introduction to Education of Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • SPED 960: Family-School Collaboration in Special Education


Choose one of the following:

  • SPED 852: Instructional Methods for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
  • SPED 873: Teaching Content Areas to the Hearing Impaired

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

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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For additional details check out the dept./program website: SECD Graduate Certificates.

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