Special Education and Communication Disorders

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered

Degrees

  • M.A. and M.Ed. in Special Education
  • M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Ed.S. in Special Education
  • Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a specialization in Special Education
  • Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a specialization in Communication Disorders
  • Au.D.* in Audiology

Areas

Special Education Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Teaching of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Severe Disabilities
Special Education Areas of Study
  • Autism
  • Behavior Disorders
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • Severe Disabilities
  • Special Education Transition
  • Visual Impairments
Communication Disorders Areas of Study
  • Aphasia and Acquired Cognitive Disorders
  • Audiology
  • Augmentative/Alternative Communication
  • Fluency Disorders
  • Hearing Science
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Language and Phonological Disorders
  • Speech Science
*The Au.D. is a professional degree. Applicants should contact the department for application information.

Distance Education Opportunities

  • Ed.S. in Special Education
  • M.A. and M.Ed. in Special Education
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Contacts for Special Education and Communication Disorders

Graduate Chair

Professor Karen Hux

Graduate Secretary

Ms. Jill England
jengland2@unl.edu
402-472-2141

Campus Address

318 Barkley Center
Lincoln NE 68583-0738


Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies


See also: steps to admission.

Required by Special Education and Communication Disorders in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

Applicants to the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology should use GAMES to submit materials.

Application Deadlines for Special Education and Communication Disorders
M.S. in Speech-Language PathologyFall: January 15
Au.D. in AudiologyFall: January 15
M.A, M.Ed, and ED.S. in Special EducationFall: January 15 Spring 2015: October 1
Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a specialization in Special Education and Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a specialization in Communication DisordersFor Financial Consideration: January 15 Otherwise rolling admission.

Description

The Barkley Center, home to the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, provides a stimulating environment for educational, clinical, and research activities. Learning to assist individuals with special education needs or those with communication disorders of speech, language, balance, or hearing is central to programs in the department.

Programs of study are offered leading to the Master of Education and Master of Arts degrees in special education, the Master of Science in speech-language pathology (thesis and nonthesis options), the Doctor of Audiology in audiology, the Educational Specialist Degree, the Ph.D. in special education, and the Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a specialization in communication disorders.

The interdepartmental Ph.D. programs in educational studies or human sciences allow for specializations in special education or communication disorders, consistent with the student's interests and employment goals. The professional doctoral degree, the Au.D., typically does not require a research project or dissertation of the magnitude necessary for the Ph.D.

Au.D. applicants submit application materials directly to the department and should not submit the Online Application for Graduate Admission.

Students can take many classes in special education online. Students can also earn an educational specialist degree endorsement online.

Courses and More

Students in Special Education and Communication Disorders are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Steven Barlow
Communication Neuroscience
Stephen Boney
Aural Rehabilitation; Pediatric Audiology; Amplification
Tom Carrell
Speech Perception
Cynthia Cress
Infant Vocal Development
Kristin Duppong Hurley
Special Education Behavior Disorders
Malinda Eccarius
Visual Literacy
Michael Epstein
Identification of Emotionally Disturbed Children; Strength-Based Assessment; Home and School Collaboration
Michael Hebert
Writing & Literacy
Julie Honaker
Balance; Vestibular Disorders and Rehabilitation; Audiology
Karen Hux
Acquired Brain Injury; Aphasia; Dementia; Right Hemisphere Disfunction
Sherri Jones
Audiology; Auditory and Vestibular Physiology; Vestibular Assessment
Department Chair
Timothy Jones
Physiology; Pharmacology and Development of Hearing and Balance of Organs
Sue Kemp
School Management; Alternative Teaching Methods
Matthew Lambert
Application of quantitative research methods to special populations focusing on measurement and assessment of behavioral and emotional constructs; evaluation of behavioral and mental health interventions; common process factors in theraputic interventions
John Maag
Functional Assessment; Depression; Attention Deficit Disorders
Christine Marvin
Communication Development of Children; Early Literacy Intervention Programs
Gary Meers
Transition Models for Adjudicated Youth with Disabilities
Ron Nelson
Students with Disabilities; Academically At-Risk Students
Reece Peterson
School Violence and Discipline; Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Robert Reid
Strategy Instruction; Attention Deficit Disorder; Functional Assessment
Dixie Sanger
Communication Skills of Female Juvenile Delinquents; Adolescent Language
Ellin Siegel
Autism and Severe Disabilities; Classroom Interventions
Alexandra Torkelson-Trout
Students With and At-Risk of Disabilities; Out-of-Home Care; Transitions

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