World Language Teaching (GOLDEN)

This area of study, known as GOLDEN (Global Online Language Distance Education Network), supports graduate students’ growth as professional educators by building on classroom experiences further developing World Language (German, Spanish, or Chinese) proficiency and deepening understanding of the world's language, culture, and literature through a completely online and customizable option. Students engage in conversations about vital teaching and learning issues specific to World Language teaching and learning with fellow World Language colleagues across the country. Although the area of study is online, the complete master’s degree is a blended program, where some classes may be offered only in-residence.

The program draws from a wide range of courses offered within Teaching and Learning, Teacher Education and Modern Languages departments. The focus is on furthering knowledge and skills in the teaching of World Language through research-based teaching practices, integration of instructional technology, and continued development of the World Language and culture. Applicants should have substantial content knowledge in World Language. Substantial content knowledge may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including being a current or prospective World Language educator or university language faculty and/or graduate student AND/OR holding a Bachelor's degree in World Language or its equivalent (OPI Advanced Low Proficiency score).

Memorandum of Courses


  • Online program only
  • 30 - 36 credit hours
  • Core Courses (15 credits) are outlined below
  • Specialization Courses (18 credits) are outlined below
  • Elective Course (3 credits) may be chosen from within the department, college, or university depending on individual needs, interests, and professional goals
  • Students will work closely with the faculty advisor to select graduate-level courses, which may be taken within Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education or other departments as long as they meet Master's requirements

Core Courses (15 credits)

The following 5 courses are required:

  • TEAC 800 Inquiry: Teaching and Learning (3)
  • TEAC 801 Curriculum Inquiry (3)
  • TEAC 859 Designing Learning Experiences (3)
  • TEAC 860 Production of Instructional Materials (3)
  • TEAC 889 Master's Seminar (3)

Specialization Courses (18 credits)

Fall 2019

  • TEAC 922C Reading (German)
  • TEAC 922F Writing (Spanish)

Spring 2020

  • TEAC 922Z Speaking (German)
  • TEAC 922S (Instructional Planning)

Fall 2020

  • TEAC 922X Technology (German)
  • TEAC 922W Technology (Spanish)

for Summer Sessions and Fall Semester

for Spring Semester

Application Requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA equivalent to 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A good match between your goals and the department’s ability to address those goals
  • A completed application submitted to the UNL Office of Graduate Studies which includes the following:
    • Resumé
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation
    • 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 master’s level at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In this essay you should address clearly:
      • Your academic and/or professional goals and how the master’s 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.

*Please note that a complete background check may be required upon admission to the program. Many institutions today require a criminal history background check before an individual is allowed to work, volunteer, conduct research or collect data within their facility. CEHS students who are required in their program to go into daycare facilities, schools, hospitals, or other community agencies must complete a background check before CEHS can place them in these facilities.

Only completed application files will be reviewed. Following the review process, you will be informed in writing of the admission decision.

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Master's Degree Options

View the master's degree overview and milestones on the Graduate Studies website.

The NU Graduate College offers master's degrees under two Options, except in a few departments where such a choice is not feasible.

For Options A & B
  • No courses older than 10 years will apply toward master's degree requirements at UNL.
  • A written or oral comprehensive examination is required.
  • Courses open only to graduate students are those numbered at the 900 level, or at the 800 level without counterparts at the 400 level or below.

Option A
  • Thesis required
  • Minimum of 30 credit hours, including 6 - 10 credit hours of thesis
  • At least one half of the credit hours required for the degree, including thesis, must be TLTE (TEAC) courses
  • At least 8 credit hours, excluding thesis, must be graduate-only courses
  • May include a minor of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department

Option B
  • Thesis not required
  • 36 credit hours
  • At least one half of the credit hours required for the degree must be TLTE (TEAC) courses
  • At least 15 credit hours must be graduate-only courses
  • May include a minor of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department

Change of Option

Students may change their declared Option at any time during the program of study with written approval from the advisor, the Chair of the Graduate Committee in the student’s major, and the Dean for Graduate Studies. The only exception to this policy is that students may not change from Option A to Option B if certification of full-time status has been utilized.

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TLTE Faculty and Staff

Dr. Sheri Hurlbut
HENZ 115.1
Dr. Ali Moeller
HENZ 115
Jenelle Reeves

Jenelle Reeves
Graduate Chair

Joelle Tangen

Graduate Project Associate