Master Degree Application Process
The M.A./M.Ed. Programs in Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education (TLTE) offers you the flexibility--in cooperation with a faculty advisor--to design a program that meets your goals and interests, draws on departments around the University, and prepares you for future advanced-degree work. The M.A. is recommended for those who are preparing for careers in research and scholarly work in education.
Examine the Areas of Emphasis for potential study. Read the individual webpages for associated faculty information, sample course offerings, current research projects, scholarship and affiliated projects, and additional specific information.
Minimum recommended requirements:
- Undergraduate GPA: minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Fit between applicant's goals/interests and the department's ability to address those goals and interests
- TOEFL score of at least iBT 79; all subscores must be at least in the Intermediate/Fair range. If the IELTS is taken in place of the TOEFL, all subscores must be a minimum of 6.5. Applicants taking the TOEFL or the IELTS may be asked to take part in an online interview.
- The equivalent of at least one year of full-time teaching experience is required for consideration.
October 1st for Spring Term Admission
March 1st for Summer & Fall Term Admission
- All Applicants must apply to the UNL Office of Graduate Studies. Master Degree Applicants should select "Teaching, Learning & Teacher Ed - Master Programs" as their degree objective.
- Once your application is complete with the Office of Graduate Studies, you will receive an email to apply to the TLTE department through GAMES.
It is desirable that applicants for degree programs satisfy all admission requirements one month before the department deadline to ensure timely arrival of the corresponding documentation. The Department's Admissions Committee cannot consider your file until these items have been received.
___ Completed Application to UNL Office of Graduate Studies, including transcripts and fees two weeks before department application deadline
|TLTE Application Requirements: submit via GAMES application system
___ Application Essay*
___ Three letters of recommendation**
___ Complete a Criminal Background Check (directions)***
MA + certification applicants must also complete (prior to the March 1 deadline):
___ Complete the PRAXIS I, also called the Pre-Professional Skills Test or PPST****
Application Essay and Letters of Recommendation
The Graduate Admissions Committee for the review of master degree application files look for evidence of applicants':
- Academic strengths and readiness to do graduate-level study.
- Professional and academic goals and whether these align with the goals of the Department.
In addition to the minimum requirements listed above, transcripts and resume, the Graduate Admissions Committee closely examines your letters of recommendation and your application essay.
*Application Essay. The Graduate Admissions Committee looks closely at the applicant's goals in the application essay for further evidence of your meeting the admissions criteria. A well-written essay is crucial to admissions decisions. This application essay is a concise statement in which you address clearly why you want to pursue graduate studies at the masters level at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In this essay you should address clearly:
- Your academic and/or professional goals and how the master degree in Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education will enable you to meet these.
- Your academic strengths, with specific attention to your background in higher education and how this qualifies you for graduate study at a major university.
- Any professional experience, knowledge, and skills you possess and how these further qualify you for graduate study at a major university.
This statement should be between 700-1000 words.
**Letters of Recommendation. The application requires three letters of recommendation. The Graduate Admissions Committee considers letters an important part of any application. You should solicit letters that directly address your readiness and qualification to do graduate study in Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education. Letters should come from those who are familiar with your academic and professional work, such as former professors, employers or administrators. Do not include letters from friends, family members, or your own high school teachers. Each of these will be disregarded in the review and detract from your application.
***The Nebraska Department of Education and Nebraska school districts require that College of Education and Human Sciences students who plan to pursue a degree in an education-related field, athletic training majors, and any other UNL students who enroll in CEHS courses that involve practicum experiences in the schools are required to undergo a formal screening process related to criminal history through One Source. Consequently, a background check is a pre-requisite for application to our programs.
****The Nebraska Department of Education Competency Requirement
It is now required for admission that you take the PRAXIS I, also called the Pre-Professional Skills Test or PPST. This is a minimal knowledge competency examination that the Nebraska State Department of Education requires of all applicants for admission to any teacher education program. Students need documentation of proficiency in the 3 areas of reading, writing and mathematics. Successful completion of the PRAXIS I test meets this requirement. You must take this test before March 1. Scores must be sent directly from ETS to UNL (instituational code 6877). It is preferable that you do this by Feb. 1 so that your scores can be included in your application.
You are allowed to re-take the PPST once within any calendar month. So taking it as early as possible is something you should do to know whether you have passing scores.
Only completed application files will be considered for admission. It is the applicant's responsibility to be certain that all materials are submitted and received prior to the deadline dates. Please check with Shari Daehling at email@example.com or (402) 472-3098.
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