World Language Education (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


  • This is an online program.
  • Minimum of 36 credit hours total
  • 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
  • A completed department application submitted through GAMES 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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Degree Requirements

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

  • 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 III

This degree is only available as Option III.

  • Minimum 36 cr.
  • No thesis required.
  • No minor available.
  • At least 18 of the 36 cr must be in graduate-only courses.

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Faculty Contacts

Ali Moeller
Henzlik Hall 115

Sheri Hurlbut
Henzlik Hall 115.1

Graduate Chair

Graduate Project Associate