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.

Courses and More


Ask a question

Other Ways to Connect

On the Web
SECD Graduate Certificates

Dr. Reece Peterson

Dr. John Maag

Graduate Secretary
Ms. Jill England

Promotional image for Behavior Specialist

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 Admission

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: SECD Graduate Certificates.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.