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M.Ed. Coursework Curriculum & Instruction: Exceptional Learners Certificate

16 credit hours
98% career outcome rate1

We offer the lowest-priced online M.Ed. in Nebraska and the Concordia University System.

Nebraska Residents & Lutheran Educators $340 PER credit hour

$425/credit hour rate outside of Nebraska

Through our Lutheran Guarantee, Lutheran Educators from around the world qualify for our special rate.

Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses

NCATE through CAEP

Time to Certification 
8 months

The Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners certificate from Concordia University, Nebraska provides teaching strategies for partnering with families, designing curriculum and assessing and guiding learning for diverse and exceptional learners. 

Discover how to determine the various learning needs of your students, create inclusive lesson plans and create relationships with students, their families and other educational professionals in an increasingly diverse world. Concordia Nebraska is founded in a Christian, Lutheran tradition with a strong history of equipping educators for service in the church and world. 

Two certificate options, Birth-3rd Grade and K-12 Grade allow you to specialize your area of expertise. This four-course certificate allows educators and other professionals to gain knowledge in the instruction of exceptional learners. It is not a degree-earning program, but credits can be applied toward the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction degree.  

Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners Certificate Program Highlights

As a Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners student at Concordia Nebraska, you’ll benefit from our distinctive and balanced blend of research and hands-on experience in real world classrooms. We offer a faith-based educational experience that prepares you to be an effective educational professional. 


An online Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners certificate with value(s): Earn a concentration with a focus on teaching exceptional learners from a Lutheran university that values the development of the whole individual—academically, emotionally and spiritually. 

A hands-on Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners certificate program: Graduate with actual, hands-on experience thanks to our project-centered courses that let you create curriculums and strategies that can be implemented in your school or classroom immediately. 

A Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners certificate that works with your schedule: This four-course certificate allows you to gain knowledge in the instruction of exceptional learners in just eight months, rather than having to earn an entire degree or endorsement. New graduate courses begin every eight weeks, which means you can enroll at the start of any eight-week session. You’ll also have the option apply the courses in the exceptional learners certificate toward a full M.Ed. degree. 

An accredited Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners certificate: The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) recognizes our program for its excellence. Take classes knowing you will receive a distinctive and respected certificate from a globally renowned university. 

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Careers for Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners 

Most of our graduate students earn a certificate in Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners to enhance their current skills, fulfill professional development credits and help their school and classroom thrive. Others are just beginning a career in education and want to be better prepared for next steps. 

M.Ed. with Value(s)

At Concordia University, Nebraska, we believe the only classroom you should have to step into is your own. That's why we've designed flexible programs that fit your schedule. Your time and energy should be saved for your classroom, your family and your personal life.

Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners Program Curriculum

Through our 100% online program, you can work at your own pace from the comfort of your home. We strive to be flexible and honor your many callings and commitments in life during your study while also striving to stretch, challenge, inspire and equip you to thrive as a leader in your classroom or educational facility. 

Our certificate in Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners offers proven courses in which you can utilize your own classroom experience and develop a network of grace-filled peers and mentors to help you succeed in class and after you’ve received your certificate. 

The core courses for our Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners K-12 concentration include:

  • Differentiation of Instruction to Improve Student Achievement 
  • Instructional Methods for Students with Diverse Needs in Inclusive Settings 
  • Instructional Methods for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Other Low Incidence Disabilities in Inclusive Settings 
  • Collaboration and Consultation

The core courses for our Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners Birth-3rd Grade concentration include: 

  • History and Context of Early Childhood Special Education 
  • Inclusive Practices, Family Partnerships, and Differentiation in Early Childhood Education 
  • Observing and Assessing the Young Child with Disabilities 
  • Behavior Management in Inclusive Settings

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Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners Program Goals

After receiving your Curriculum and Instruction: Exceptional Learners certificate from Concordia Nebraska, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to: 


Provide observation and assessment strategies for those who work with diverse learners. 


Provide behavior management strategies for those who work with diverse learners. 


Partner with other professionals and families to develop developmentally appropriate expectations and learning environments for diverse learners. 


Become proactive in meeting the needs of diverse learners as they return to school environments after the pandemic. 

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Interested in earning an M.Ed. from Concordia Nebraska but not sure which concentration is right for you? Check out our M.Ed. degree paths:


M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction

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M.Ed. Special Education

Learn effective instructional strategies for students with learning, cognitive, mental and physical disabilities in our Master’s in Special Education online.

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Acquire the in-depth knowledge and real-world preparation to effectively teach English language and literacy with the master’s in TESOL online (M.Ed.).

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M.Ed. Educational Administration

Take the next step in your career and prepare to become a school administrator or principal with the online master's in educational administration program.

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M.Ed. Literacy

Prepare to give students a lifelong love of reading and writing the English language through the online master's in reading and literacy program from Concordia.

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