Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate degrees offered
- M.A. and M.Ed. in Special Education
- M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology
- 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
A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.Special Education Specializations
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Teaching of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Severe Disabilities
- 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
- Aphasia and Acquired Cognitive Disorders
- Augmentative/Alternative Communication
- Fluency Disorders
- Hearing Science
- Motor Speech Disorders
- Language and Phonological Disorders
- Speech Science
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Vestibular and Balance Disorders
Distance Education OpportunitiesM.A. and M.Ed. in Special Education with these specializations only:
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (Pre-12)
- Early Childhood Special Education (Birth to age 5)
- Visual Impariments (Pre-12) (summer on-site participation will be required at various locations)
Application checklist and deadlines
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Application for Graduate Admission
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (see transcript upload requirements)
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you expect to hold an F or J visa: financial resource information
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:
- Entrance exam(s): GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
- Statement of Personal/Professional Goals
- Three recommendation letters
- Statement of Writing or Research (Ph.D. only)
- Mentor/Advisor agreement (Ph.D. Only)
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.To apply for the Au.D. program, select the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology on the application then in the comments section indicate that you are seeking the Au.D.
Application Deadlines for Special Education and Communication Disorders
|M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology||Fall: January 15|
|Au.D. in Audiology||Fall: January 15|
|M.A. and M.Ed. in Special Education||Fall: January 15|
|Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a specialization in Special Education||For Financial Consideration: January 15 Otherwise rolling admission.|
|Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a specialization in Communication Disorders||For Financial Consideration: January 15 Otherwise rolling admission.|
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 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.
Students can take many classes in special education online, however, speech language pathology and audiology are only available as on-campus options
Courses and MoreStudents in Special Education and Communication Disorders are most likely to take courses in: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
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