Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.A. and M.Ed. in Special Education
  • M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Ed.S. in Special Education
  • Ed.D. and 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
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

Special Education and Communication Disorders

  • On the Web
    Department Website
  • Graduate Chair
    Professor Karen Hux
  • Graduate Secretary
    Ms. Jill England
  • Department 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 Deadline

M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology
   Fall: January 15
Au.D. in Audiology
   Fall: January 15
Priority Consideration for M.A, M.Ed, and ED.S. in Special Education
   Fall: March 1   Spring: October 1
   Rolling admissions, contact the department for more information.

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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 Ed.D. or 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

Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Dysarthria; Oral Cancer
Aural Rehabilitation; Pediatric Audiology; Amplification
Speech Perception
Infant Vocal Development
Special Education Behavior Disorders
Visual Literacy
Identification of Emotionally Disturbed Children; Strength-Based Assessment; Home and School Collaboration
Clinical Audiology; Amplification
Speech Producation Disorders; Oromotor Skill Development; Quantification of Speech Motor Performance
Stuttering and Fluency Disorders
Language and Literacy Disorders Assessment and Intervention; Dyslexia; Preschool Language Disorders; Phonology
Balance; Vestibular Disorders and Rehabilitation; Audiology
Acquired Brain Injury; Aphasia; Dementia; Right Hemisphere Disfunction
Audiology; Auditory and Vestibular Physiology; Vestibular Assessment
     Department Chair
Physiology; Pharmacology and Development of Hearing and Balance of Organs
School Management; Alternative Teaching Methods
Functional Assessment; Depression; Attention Deficit Disorders
Communication Development of Children; Early Literacy Intervention Programs
Transition Models for Adjudicated Youth with Disabilities
Students with Disabilities; Academically At-Risk Students
School Violence and Discipline; Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Strategy Instruction; Attention Deficit Disorder; Functional Assessment
Communication Skills of Female Juvenile Delinquents; Adolescent Language
Education Policy and Systems Change; Mild/moderate Disabilities
Autism and Severe Disabilities; Classroom Interventions
Students With and At-Risk of Disabilities; Out-of-Home Care; Transitions

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