Special Education and Communication Disorders Department
The mission of the Special Education and Communication Disorders department is to prepare dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who are unique in their ability to facilitate, design, implement, and evaluate programs for individuals with disabilities. This is accomplished by creating opportunities for the acquisition and maintenance of knowledge, skills, and dispositions as prescribed by the Council for Exceptional Children, the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (for graduate program only), and state and federal regulations.
Undergraduate candidates follow a course of study with accompanying practical experiences that are grounded in theory, research, evidence-based practice, and experience. Our candidates develop essential interpersonal skills that make them valued members of collaborative, interdisciplinary teams in a variety of settings. Thus, each program of study is designed to promote problem solving skills that enable candidates to continue to broaden their skills and enhance their expertise throughout their professional career. These skills facilitate the recognition and integration of professional ethics with the individual needs and values of the communities they serve.
The Special Education and Communication Disorders programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Nebraska State Department for Education.
The undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology provides the fundamental prerequisite knowledge necessary for pursuing a graduate degree. The graduate degree is the minimal requirement for employment as a speech-language pathologist in Nebraska. The speech-language pathology graduate program provides candidates with the opportunity to acquire and maintain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions as prescribed by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), by the Nebraska Department of Education, by Nebraska Health and Human Services, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). It is fully accredited by the CAA through 2020.
Bachelor of Science in Education
- Deaf/Hard Hearing
- Sign Language Interpreter
- Special Education
- Speech-Language Pathology (Pre-Professional Program)
In order to be admitted to a program in special education and remain in good standing, a candidate must maintain an overall gpa of 2.75 or better. No grade below a “C“ will be accepted in any professional education course, or any course in the specialization area.
Requirements for Formal Admission to Educator Preparation
For requirements in regards to the educator preparation program please see admission information in the Teacher Education Department.
Requirements for Formal Admission to Speech-Language Pathology
Candidates interested in becoming speech-language pathologists (SLPs) must apply for admission to the pre-professional preparation program. Application for admission and acceptance into the pre-professional program is required for continuation in preparation to become a Speech-Language Pathologist.
Minimum Requirements must be met prior to applying to the undergraduate Speech-Language Pathology Pre-Professional Program:
- Admission to UNO and the College of Education.
- Completion of the university General Education Fundamental Skills requirements (ENGL 1150, ENGL 1160, MATH 1310, SPCH 1110 or SPCH 2120), with a grade of “C-“ or higher.
- Completion of the college requirements EDUC 2020 and EDUC 2030 or SPED 4550 with a grade of "C" or higher.
- Minimum cumulative University of Nebraska system gpa of 3.0.
- Meet or exceed the minimum score requirements on all sections of the Praxis I – CORE Academic Skills for Educators Test. These are reading-156, writing-162, and mathematics-150.
- Completion of a speech, language, and hearing screen at UNO before midterm in the semester prior to making application to the program.
- Completion of the following speech-language pathology courses: SPED 1400, SPED 4380, and SPED 4420 with a minimum gpa average of 3.0 with no grade lower than "C".
- Demonstration of appropriate behavior/social and critical thinking skills.
Candidates meeting the above criteria must formally apply for admission to the pre-professional preparation program. Formal admission policies can be found on the web at http://coe.unomaha.edu/oss/SLPadmissions.php. Deadlines for applying are June 1 and October 1.
Admission is selective. Meeting the admission criteria does not ensure admission to the speech-language pathology undergraduate program.
Candidates planning to transfer to the speech-language pathology program from another college within UNO must meet all of the conditions and formally apply for admission to the speech-language pathology program.
Roskens Hall 512
6005 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182-0054