Masters Degree + Teaching Certification

In an effort to build the teaching profession and provide new opportunities for prospective graduate students, the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education is offering full-time, M.A. degree program that will lead to certification in one of the areas below.  

Earn a Teaching Certificate and a Graduate Degree!

In an effort to build the teaching profession and provide new opportunities for prospective graduate students, the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education is offering full-time, M.A. degree program that will lead to certification in one of the areas below.

Cohort-based. Graduate students proceed together with peers and world class faculty creating a community of educators in residential programs. 

Graduate Degree and Certification. Upon successful completion, students will graduate with a Masters degree, be fully certified to teach in Nebraska, eligible for certification in other states, and will be employable for the following school year.

Who Should Apply? These programs are designed for qualified graduate students who have earned a bachelor’s degree outside the field of education and who can commit to an intensive and accelerated pathway to a career in the teaching profession. These programs are not suited for educators who currently have teaching certification in any subject area or former educators seeking to renew certification.  For certification renewal, please click here.

Practicum + Student Teaching. Students will be placed in the Lincoln Public Schools or Omaha Public Schools for teaching internships in the classroom. Collaborative relations with public schools offers students' field experiences in diverse classrooms, purposefully designed to help connect coursework theory and methods to classroom practice. Students will gradually build proficiency in teaching, adding responsibilities and skills throughout a nine-month period and be prepared to assume 14 weeks of full-time student teaching in Spring.

Inquiry. Inquiry infuses all aspects of this graduate program.  Students will begin to focus on a curriculum inquiry project that requires development of classroom research about a problem of practice in teaching and learning, a research project that will form the capstone experience of the program.

Residency. MA+students will be attending class on the UNL campus and gaining practical experience in K-12 schools in and near the Lincoln/Omaha area. During the academic year, the program schedule will follow the school calendar. Students must live within a reasonable traveling distance to the UNL campus and local cooperating schools. Please note that the funding available for our Masters of Arts in Science Teaching Program require applicants to be US citizens.  


HOW TO APPLY

Masters of Arts with an Elementary Teaching Specialization (MAet)

The Masters of Arts with an Elementary Specialization (MAet) is a 14 month program designed for qualified graduate students who have earned a bachelor’s degree outside the field of education and who can commit to an intensive and accelerated pathway to a career in the teaching profession. We are looking for applicants with strong undergraduate academic backgrounds in the social sciences, natural sciences or arts and humanities and who have experience with, and a commitment to, children’s learning. We are looking for applicants who have a strong desire to learn to teach and lead the profession.

The next cohort will begin May 2019 and graduate in August 2020.  

MAet Coursework and Practical Experience (43 credits)

Summer Pre-Session
TEAC 800 Inquiry into Teaching & Learning (3 cr)

1st Summer Session
TEAC 890 Arts and Literacy (3 cr)
TEAC 861 Culture and Schooling (3 cr)

2nd Summer Session
TEAC 813M Teaching ELL's in the Content Area (3 cr)
CYAF 971 Seminar in Child Development (3 cr)

Fall Semester
TEAC 811A Teaching Reading (3 cr)
TEAC 808 Improvement of Instruction in Elementary School Mathematics (3 cr)
TEAC 822A Principles and Practices in Social Studies Education (3 cr)
TEAC 842A Methods in Elementary Science Teaching (3)
SPED 801A Accommodating Exceptional Learners in the Elementary School Classroom (3 cr)
TEAC 894A Integrated Public School Internship: Professional Practicum (1 cr) begins with and follows the public school calendar: Lincoln Public Schools & Omaha Public Schools

Spring Semester
TEAC 897 Integrated Public School Internship: Student Teaching (5 cr) begins Feb.
TEAC 801 Seminar in Curriculum Inquiry (3 cr) taken in Jan.
TEAC 893 Seminar Workshop in Health & Physical Education (1 cr)
Take the Praxis II exam (this is different than the Praxis I, PPST)

First Summer Session
Integrated Student Teaching continues until end of public school calendar.
TEAC 889 Masters Seminar and Comprehensive Examination (3 cr)

Graduate August 

Please note: The program has 9 credit hours in literacy studies. These credits can be applied to the specialized  Reading Specialist Endorsement  for the State of Nebraska that prepares students to become leaders in reading instruction.

Who Should Apply?

The Master of Arts with an Elementary Teaching Specialization (MAet) is an initial certification program. It offers a way to enter the field of elementary teaching for those with degrees in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts or humanities, but not a teaching credential or certification.

You should consider applying if you have:

  • Graduated from an accredited college or university— or will graduate prior to start of the program—with a bachelor's degree in the arts, natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities, but not in teaching or teacher education.
  • A strong academic background that qualifies you for admission to the TLTE Master of Arts program, including an undergraduate GPA minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Relevant experience working with elementary-age children.
  • Earned sufficient credits to fulfill the General Academic Coursework requirement for all teachers in the State of Nebraska (see below).
  • The commitment to participate fully in the 14-month, cohort-based, full-time residential graduate teacher education program.

Please Note:

Dual Endorsements. Because the MAet program is structured, intensive, accelerated and full-time program, students are not able to pursue dual endorsement in any area, such as English Language Learning, Special Education, or Early Childhood Education during the 14 months. Additional endorsements require additional and extensive coursework and a second student teaching internship. It is the strong recommendation of the Graduate Faculty that supplementary endorsements be viewed as part of professional development and that build upon a successful early career as an elementary classroom practitioner.  The Graduate Faculty believes it takes at least 5 years to become an exceptionally proficient teacher who is ready to pursue further teaching specialization. 

Program Values

The MAet is designed for pre-service graduate-level teachers to learn how to form meaningful, affectionate and trusting intellectual relationships with children.

Our graduates are distinguished by their capacities for:

  • Knowing Theories of Learning and Relationship Roles in Teaching Practice
  • Developing Curricular Vision
  • Teaching Subject Matter
  • Teaching Diverse Learners
  • Becoming Agents of Change and Reform
  • Knowing Teaching in Terms of Its Foundational Dimensions
  • Assessing Practices and Professional Judgment
  • Structuring Learning Environments
  • Growing Professional Knowledge


State of Nebraska Academic Coursework Requirements for Elementary Endorsement

In order to become “endorsed”, or certified, to teach at the elementary level in the State of Nebraska, you must have completed sufficient general academic coursework, typically as part of your undergraduate degree.

A minimum total of 30 semester credit hours of academic coursework distributed across English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies/history. A minimum of 6 semester hours in each of the four core areas. Course work in the four core areas includes:

  • Communication in English language arts, including literature, composition and speech;
  • Mathematics, including statistics and fields of mathematical reasoning;
  • Natural sciences; and
  • Social sciences

In addition to the 30 semester hours listed above, academic coursework is required in each of the following areas (no credit hours specified):

  • Fine arts;
  • Health and wellness; and
  • Humanities

We do not admit applicants who have deficiencies in any of the above areas. These must be fulfilled by May, prior to the start of the program.

To see if you have met our requirements, please see our MAet Application Coursework Worksheet.

Masters of Arts with an Emphasis in Secondary English Teaching (MAent)

As a land-grant institution, we understand that our primary mission at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is to provide outstanding education and teacher preparation so that we can better serve the state and the citizens of Nebraska. Our central commitment in the MAent program is to prepare outstanding English educators who are passionate about engaging all students in intellectual work that draws them into the debates, ideas, and conversations that animate the discipline of English. To be a part of this program is to be part of a tradition of excellence, commitment to educational equity, and engagement with critical scholarship around teaching and learning.

New cohorts will begin January and graduate in August the following year.

"I entered this program thinking that teaching would be fun.  I graduated from the program knowing I was meant to teach.” (Nicole Ellison '16)

Who Should Apply?

The Master of Arts with an emphasis in English Teaching (MAent) offers a pathway to the field of middle and secondary-level teaching for those with a degree in English (or 42 credits in English) but not a teaching credential. Application Deadline is October 1st. 

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Are equally passionate about studying English as well as teaching English to secondary students
  • Are open to professional, intellectual, and personal growth.
  • Are open to expanding their understandings of literacy and learning, and willing to extend those new understandings to the design and enactment of curriculum in English classrooms.
  • Are committed to collaborating not only with the English education community of professors, supervisors, and alumni at UNL, but are also committed to collaborating with our community of colleagues within public schools in and around Lincoln.
  • Are eager to engage in critical conversations regarding race, class, gender, and power as related to teaching, learning, and schooling.
  • Approach teaching as a multi-faceted profession that includes connecting with communities, ongoing professional learning, meaningful collaboration with other teachers, and a commitment to justice.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Have graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in English (or 42 hours in English).
  • Have a strong academic background that qualifies them for admission to the TLTE Master of Arts program, including an undergraduate cumulative GPA minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have experience working with adolescents in formal or informal settings.
  • Can passionately commit to participating in the cohort-based, full-time academic teacher education program.

Initial Certification Only

This program is not suited for educators who currently have teaching certification in any subject area or former educators seeking to renew certification. For certification renewal, please contact Dr. Tom Wandzilak.

The MAent is led by two of the TLTE Faculty, Dr. Lauren Gatti and Dr. Sarah Thomas.

Gatti

Dr. Gatti earned her BA in English and Education from Lawrence University, her MA in English from Loyola University of Chicago, and her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before starting her doctorate, she taught high school English in and around Chicago for eleven years. She teaches Methods courses in English Education and graduate courses in Teacher Education. 

Thomas

Dr. Thomas earned both her masters and doctorate degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Curriculum Studies and English Education.  She taught both middle and high school English for twenty years, then transitioned into an English Education Professor of Practice position at UNL. Her role involves coordinating and supervising practicum and student teaching placements, teaching English Education cohort and Foundations classes, and supporting the new English Education graduate program.  

MAent Coursework and Practical Experience (44 credits)

Spring Semester - 10 credits
TEAC 890 - Introduction to Teaching English
TEAC 851N - Learning and Teaching Principles and Practices in Secondary English
TEAC 861 - Education for a Pluralistic Society: Foundation and Issues
TEAC 841 - Content Area Reading

Summer Sessions - 9 credits
TEAC 800 - Inquiry into Teaching and Learning
TEAC 813M Teaching ELLs in the Content Areas
SPED 801B - Accommodating Exceptional Learners in the Secondary Classroom

Fall Semester - 9 credits
TEAC 852N - Curriculum Principles and Practices in Secondary English
TEAC 894N - Professional Practicum begins with and follows the public school calendar: Lincoln Public Schools
EDPS 851 - Psychology of Adolescence
TEAC 889 - Masters Seminar 

Spring Semester - 9 credits
TEAC 897N - Student Teaching begins in January and continues until the end of the public school calendar
TEAC 803B - Student Teaching Capstone Seminar

Summer Sessions - 7 credits
TEAC 801 - Seminar in Curriculum Inquiry
TEAC 889 - Masters Seminar Continued
**Elective in English (highly recommended ENGL 854: Advanced Writing Projects)

Graduate August 

Program Values

As members of the National Council for Teachers of English, we adhere to and advance the following beliefs:

  • Students learn through meaningful experiences that honor and build on as well as expand their interests, cultural and linguistic knowledge, and life experience. 
  • The professional integrity of teachers.
  • Teachers continually refine their professional knowledge and combine it with their knowledge of each student to make wise decisions about assessment and instruction. 
  • The transformative power of language. 
  • Literacy education supports all students in the use of language to interact, imagine, reflect, think critically, and create knowledge in order to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

(Taken from http://www.ncte.org/mission/bedrockbeliefs; see also http://www.ncte.org/mission/corevalues)

All graduates in Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education are expected to demonstrate competence in the following areas articulated in the department’s “Cognitive Map”

  • Knowing Theories of Learning and Relationship Roles in Teaching Practice 
  • Developing Curricular Vision 
  • Teaching English 
  • Teaching Diverse Learners 
  • Becoming Agents of Change and Reform 
  • Knowing Teaching in Terms of Its Foundational Dimensions 
  • Assessing Practices and Professional Judgment 
  • Structuring Learning Environments 
  • Growing Professional Knowledge

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

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. 

Low English GPA.
If you feel that your GPA in your English courses does not reflect your knowledge and abilities and is well below 3.0, the Graduate Faculty Admissions Committee will consider scores from the following PRAXIS II examinations:

  • Praxis II: English Exam (0041)
  • Praxis II: English Language, Literature, and Composition Essays (0042)

These exams are NOT required for admission, but strong scores can offer further evidence of your disciplinary knowledge in English that is not represented in your academic record. Be sure to indicate in your application that you are taking these exams.

Please note, in addition to the application checklist, MAent applicants are required to submit two application essays described below.

The Graduate Faculty Admissions Committee also looks closely at your application essays for further evidence of your meeting the admission criteria.

*Note that the application to the MAenT program requires two pieces of writing. The first—Part One of the writing requirement—is something you have already written plus an “Author’s Note” that gives us insight into how this selected piece reflects your approach to writing. For the second—Part Two of the writing requirement—you must select one of the three possible writing prompts and respond in 1,000 words or fewer.

Part One

Choose a piece of your own writing up to 1,000 words and in an author’s note not to exceed 500 words, elaborate on one of the following:

  • How does this piece reflect your larger approach to writing?
  • How does this piece illustrate a learning moment for you?
  • What does this piece say about your stance/identity as a prospective English teacher?

Part Two

Choose one of the following three essay prompts and respond in 1,000 words or fewer.

  • How do you conceptualize the discipline of English? In other words, what are we doing when we teach the range of things you would consider to be the content of English?  In your answer, feel free to comment on the way you see this field changing or the ways in which you might challenge the current parameters as you see them. Why teach the discipline of English? To what end?
  • We are living in a time when English teachers are facing two basic problems: high-stakes testing and an intense national focus on the subjects of Science and Math, promoted largely by arguments that our nation must be more “globally competitive.” Given this larger educational context, respond in writing to one or both of the following questions:

    What experiences have you had with high-stakes testing that allow you to speak to these issues from your life as a student? How do these experiences shape your understanding of what it might be to teach English in this educational context? In this era of high stakes testing, which valorizes Math and Science, why teach and read literature?
  • Linda Christensen, a secondary teacher in Portland, Oregon and mentor for Rethinking Schools and the National Writing Project, writes:

I believe we need to create a pedagogy of joy and justice. When Michael writes a stunning essay on language policy in Native American boarding schools, there is joy because he finally nails this form of academic writing, but there is also justice in talking back to years of essays filled with red marks and scarred with low grades. There is joy because he’s learned a craft that he felt beyond his reach: there’s justice because Michael and his classmates learned to question policies that award or deny status based on race or class.

Write a response to Christensen’s belief statement in which you articulate your own sense of the teaching issues she raises. We invite you to shape this response in a way that best explains your own stance toward the work of teaching.  Some approaches you might choose between include: narrating your own experience with formative English projects that led you to “joy & justice”; mulling over challenges you see to enacting a “pedagogy of joy and justice” in the schools you’ve attended; exploring experiences you’ve had with students who need “a pedagogy of joy and justice” in or outside of traditional school settings.

You may also substitute your own terms for “joy and justice,” explaining why you see these as laudable, significant goals for teaching and how you see these as centerpieces in the work of doing English.

Requirements for English Endorsement

STATE OF NEBRASKA ACADEMIC COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS

FOR GRADES 7-12 ENGLISH ENDORSEMENT

In order to become certified and "endorsed" to teach English grade 7-12 in the State of Nebraska, you must complete sufficient English coursework. We require MAent applicants to have earned at least 42 credit hours of English at the level of 199 or above with grades of 3.0 [B] or above. Any academic deficiencies must be remedied prior to program start date.

To evaluate your 42 English credits and to see if you have any academic deficiencies, please see the MAent Application Coursework Worksheet.

Important Information

October 1st: Application Deadline

The Marjorie Sawin Canary Fund
The Canary Fund is  designed to benefit and support professional development experiences for current students and teachers including but not limited to visiting scholars, speakers, conference attendance and all costs associated with conferences and mentoring programs in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education, with preference given to English education students and teachers.  

Canary Fund application deadlines are October 1st for first semester conference travel and January 15th for second semester conference travel.

Contact Us

For questions about the program or your eligibility please contact:

Lauren Gatti, Ph.D.,
Coordinator MAent
61E Henzlik Hall
(402) 472-6385
lgatti2@unl.edu

Master of Arts with an Emphasis in Language Teaching and Acquisition/ELL (MAlta)

In an effort to build world language education capacity and provide new opportunities for prospective graduate students, the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education is offering a full-time, M.A. degree with an emphasis in Language Teaching and Aquisition/ELL (MAlta). This degree will lead to certification to teach both foreign language in grades 7-12 and ELL grades K-12 in the State of Nebraska.

This 45-48 credit hour program is designed for qualified graduate students who have earned a bachelor’s degree, 30 earned credit hours (or equivalent) in foreign language, but who do not possess a teaching credential or teaching certification.

This program is aimed at college graduates who have a solid academic background in world languages and a commitment to teaching and learning in schools and who have a strong desire to teach World Languages/English as a Second Language.determined by student and graduate adviser.

Graduates of this program will demonstrate a deep understanding of:

  • Theories of Learning and Teaching Language
  • Curricular Development
  • Language pedagogy
  • Diverse Learners and Differentiated Learning Strategies
  • Change and Reform in Schools
  • Foundational Dimensions of Teaching
  • Assessment Practices
  • Student-centered Teaching and Learning
  • Reflective Teaching Practices

Featured Classes Include:
TEAC 800 Inquiry into Teaching and Learning
TEAC 801 Curriculum Inquiry
TEAC 813A Second Language Acquisition
TEAC 813B Teaching and Curriculum 
TEAC 813D World Languages Assessment
TEAC 813J Intercultural Communications
TEAC 813K Linguistics for the ELL Teacher
TEAC 813M Teaching ELLs in the Content Areas

TEAC 851R World Languages Acquisition and Teaching
TEAC 852R World Languages Acquisition and Teaching II
TEAC 922 Seminar in Foreign Language Education
EDPS 851 - Psychology of Adolescence (3 cr)
SPED 801 Accommodating Exceptional Learners in the Secondary School Classroom

MAlta Calendar of Coursework

The MAlta is led by three of the TLTE Faculty, Dr. Ali Moeller, Dr. Theresa Catalano, and Dr. Jenelle Reeves.

Moeller

Dr. Moeller is the Edith S. Greer Professor of Foreign Language Education. She has taught German language and literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She taught German for eleven years in middle and high school and served as department chair of a high school modern language department. She teaches methods classes in Foreign Language Education and graduate courses in Foreign Language Education and Second Language Acquisition. She teaches professional development institutes for teachers of foreign languages during the summers. Her professional interests include technology enhanced language learning, testing and assessment and foreign language teacher education.

Catalano

Dr. Catalano received her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona. She has taught ESL for 4 years at the K-6 level, and 2 years (Spanish) at the middle school level. She has also taught ESL or Italian at the adult education, community college and university levels for over 15 years, including a year teaching English as a Foreign Language in Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Catalano teaches courses related to foreign and second language methodology, linguistics, and intercultural communication. Her research interests include critical linguistics, social justice language education and the role of the arts in (language) education.

Reeves

Dr. Jenelle Reeves is an associate professor in Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education. She has taught English as an international language in the U.S., Japan, and Korea. At UNL Dr. Reeves teaches courses in the ELL (English language learner) endorsement pathway, including Second Language Acquisition, English as a Second Language (ESL) Methods, and Teaching ELLs in Content Areas. Her research focuses on teacher thinking, development and identity in multilingual / multicultural classrooms. Dr. Reeves also leads study abroad trips to South Korea and the Netherlands.

Who Should Apply?

The Master of Arts with an emphasis in Language Teaching and Acquisition/ELL (MAlta) offers a pathway to middle and secondary-level teaching for those with a degree in a foreign language field but who do not have a teaching credential.

MAlta applications are due by October 1 for the Spring term and by March 1 for the Fall & Summer terms. 

Requirements:
  • Have graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree with a Foreign Language major.
  • Have earned at least 30 credit hours in respective language courses at the 203 level or above, with a minimum average GPA of 3.0 in those courses and an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have passed the oral proficiency interview (ACTFL OPI or OPIc) at the Advanced Low level.

MAlta Application Procedures

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 sdaehling1@unl.edu or (402) 472-3098.

Please note: Applicants are required to pass the ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) or OPIc (Oral Proficiency Interview-Computer) with a score of Advanced Low in order to be admitted to the MAlta program.

Register for the ACTFL Oral Proficienty Test Here.

Quick Facts about the ACTFL OPI/OPIC:

  • OPI is given by phone and costs $134 plus $25 fee to Sylvan Learning Center
  • Students should contact Sylvan Learning Center first (5715 S. 34th Street, Set 300, 402-424-8833), then register through ACTFL.
  • OPIC is administered by computer and costs $55 for most students (they should ask for Advanced Low). For native speakers or very advanced students, they should request the OPIc Superior ($65) since this test can measure Advanced to Distinguished levels of language proficiency.
  • Here is a general link to find out more about the ACTFL OPI: http://www.languagetesting.com/oral-proficiency-interview-opi http://www.languagetesting.com/oral-proficiency-interview-by-computer-opic

Want to improve your language proficiency while on campus or abroad? Click HERE

State of Nebraska Academic Coursework Requirements for World Language/ELL Endorsement

In order to become certified and "endorsed" to teach a foreign language grades 7-12 in the State of Nebraska, you must complete sufficient coursework in the target language. We require MAlta applicants to have earned at least 30 credit hours in the language of study at the 203 level or above with grades of 3.0 [B] or above. Students must also pass the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview with a score of Advanced Low.  Any academic deficiencies must be remedied by the time students enter the program.

To see if you have met our requirements, please see our MAlta Application Coursework Worksheet.

CONTACT US: For questions about the program or your eligibility please contact:

Theresa Catalano, Ph.D.

Ali Moeller, Ph.D.

Masters of Arts with an Emphasis in Secondary Mathematics Teaching (MAmt)

The Master of Arts with an emphasis in Mathematics Teaching (MAmt) offers a pathway to the field of middle and secondary-level teaching for those with a degree in a STEM field but not a teaching credential.

New cohorts will begin January and graduate in August the following year.

MAmt Coursework and Practical Experience (44 credits)

Spring Semester - 9 credits
TEAC 851P - Learning and Teaching Principles and Practices in Secondary Mathematics
TEAC 861 - Education for a Pluralistic Society:  Foundation and Issues
MATH 807 - Mathematics for High School Teachers I

Summer Sessions - 12 credits
TEAC 800 - Inquiry into Teaching and Learning
**MATH course (chosen with advisor)
TEAC 813M Teaching ELLs in the Content Areas
SPED 801B - Accommodating Exceptional Learners in the Secondary Classroom

Fall Semester - 10 credits
TEAC 852P - Curriculum Principles and Practices in Secondary Mathematics
EDPS 851 - Psychology of Adolescence
TEAC 894P - Integrated Public School Internship: Professional Practicum begins with and follows the public school calendar
MATH 808 - Mathematics for High School Teachers II

Spring Semester - 9 credits
TEAC 897P - Student Teaching begins in January and continues until the end of the public school calendar 
TEAC 803B - Student Teaching Capstone Seminar
TEAC 889 - Masters Seminar 

Summer Session - 4 credits
TEAC 801 - Seminar in Curriculum Inquiry
TEAC 889 - Masters Seminar Continued

Graduate August 

Please note: Emphasis on mathematical knowledge for teaching and a minor in mathematics. Students earn sufficient graduate credit hours for a minor in Mathematics. The mathematics courses specifically focus on mathematical knowledge for teaching adolescents.

Who Should Apply?

You should consider applying if you:

  • Have graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree with a STEM major or minor.
  • Have earned at least 21 credit hours in mathematics course at the calculus level and above, with a GPA average of 3.0 in those courses, and that are sufficient to fulfill the requirement for all teachers in the State of Nebraska (see below).
  • Have a strong academic background that qualifies you for admission to the TLTE Master of Arts program, including an undergraduate cumulative GPA minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have experience working with adolescents in formal or informal settings.
  • Can commit to participating fully in the 14-month, cohort-based, full-time academic teacher education program.

Program Values

The MAmt is designed for graduate-level pre-service teachers to learn how to form meaningful and trusting intellectual relationships with students.

Our graduates are distinguished by their capacities for:

  • Knowing Theories of Learning and Relationship Roles in Teaching Practice
  • Developing Curricular Vision
  • Teaching Mathematics
  • Teaching Diverse Learners
  • Becoming Agents of Change and Reform
  • Knowing Teaching in Terms of Its Foundational Dimensions
  • Assessing Practices and Professional Judgment
  • Structuring Learning Environments
  • Growing Professional Knowledge

MAmt Application Procedures

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 sdaehling1@unl.edu or (402) 472-3098.

Low math GPA.

If you feel that your GPA in your mathematics courses does not reflect your mathematicalknowledge and abilities and is well below 3.0, the Graduate Faculty Admissions Committee will consider scores from the following PRAXIS II examinations:

  • Praxis II: Mathematics: Content Knowledge (0061)
  • Praxis II: Mathematics: Proofs, Models, and Problems, Part I (0063)

These exams are NOT required for admission, but strong scores can offer further evidence of your mathematical knowledge and reasoning abilities that is not represented in your academic record. Be sure to indicate in your application that you are taking these exams.

Requirements for Mathematics Endorsement

STATE OF NEBRASKA ACADEMIC COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS
FOR GRADES 7-12 MATHEMATICS ENDORSEMENT

In order to become certified and "endorsed" to teach mathematics grade 7-12 in the State of Nebraska, you must complete sufficient mathematics coursework. We require MAmt applicants to have earned at least 21 credit hours of mathematics at the level of calculus or above with grades of 3.0 [B] or above. Any academic deficiencies must be remedied by May 2012.

To evaluate your 21 mathematics credits and to see if you have any academic deficiencies, please see the MAmt Application Coursework Worksheet.

Financial Aid

Fellowships. Departmental scholarships and fellowships are generally reserved for doctoral students in the department. You are invited, however, to submit an application for the Beckmann, Wells, and Woollam fellowships.

Loan Forgiveness. When you graduate from the MAmt, you are a “highly qualified” mathematics teacher. If you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in certain “high needs” schools that serve low-income families you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans. This is more than the cost of tuition and fee for the MAmt. Your 9 month internship will be in a high needs school and you will be well prepared to work in one after graduation. You can discuss this with the UNL Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

External Awards. You are encouraged to explore funding opportunities outside of UNL.


Contact Us

For questions about the program or your eligibility please contact:

Lorraine Males, Ph.D.,
Coordinator MAmt
118 Henzlik Hall
(402) 472-2536
lmales2@unl.edu

Masters of Arts with an emphasis in science teaching (MAst)

$16,000 avaliable through the Noyce Stipend awards

The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education offers a full-time, 14-month Master of Arts degree program that includes the required education courses to become a certified secondary (7-12) science teacher in the State of Nebraska.

Brochure CoverThis 42-credit hour program is specifically designed for qualified applicants who have earned at least a bachelor’s degree in an area of science (biology, environmental science, chemistry, geosciences, physics, agricultural science or natural resources) who want to become middle or high school science teachers. The intensive program requires full-time graduate student status starting in May. Upon completion of the program individuals will be eligible to graduate with a master’s degree 14 months later.

Click here for the current brochure. 

We are looking for both recent science college graduates and experienced science professionals who seek a career change with strong academic backgrounds and a commitment to fostering adolescents’ learning and enjoyment of science.

Learn more about our success stories Here.

Dr. Elizabeth LewisDr. Elizabeth Lewis

I began my professional life as a geologist and then a high school Earth & space science teacher. As coordinator for the Master of Arts with emphasis in science teaching (MAst) program, I enjoy working with preservice science teachers learning how to teach diverse students science. I have an active research program studying teacher learning and mentor graduate students (masters and doctoral) in how to conduct educational research and better understand the science education research base.

For more information about Dr. Lewis, visit her faculty webpage.


Please join us for an informational meeting about the MAst program. Meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, 31 August
  • Tuesday, 19 September
  • Wednesday, 18 October
  • Thursday, 16 November
  • Monday, 4 December
  • All meetings will be held in Henzlik Hall, Room 205 at 5:30 PM.

If these dates are not convenient, please contact Dr. Beth Lewis (elewis3@unl.edu).


MAst graduates
MAst graduates from the Class of 2014 with program coordinator Dr. Beth Lewis
 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

March 1st, 2018 is the next deadline to apply to be eligible for an NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Stipend. Recipients of a Noyce Stipend will receive $16,000 to support completion of the MAst program.

Respond to the Noyce Teacher Stipend prompt by writing a 2-page essay.

(12-point, double-spaced, 1” margins, and approximately 500 words).

Describe three goals you have as a future science teacher of diverse students. Provide specific examples of these goals and make an argument for why you would be a high-qualified science teacher.

Submit the scholarship essay with your application materials on GAMES.

MAst Coursework and Practical Experiences

Teacher Certification Courses

SPED 801B Special Education for Teachers (3 cr)
TEAC 861 Education for a Pluralistic Society: Foundation and Issues (3 cr)
TEAC 880A Instructional Technology (3 cr)
EDPS 851 Psychology of Adolescence (3 cr)

Clinical Coursework

TEAC 851V  Secondary Science Methods I (3 cr)
TEAC 894V Practicum I (1 cr)
TEAC 852V Secondary Science Methods II (3 cr)
TEAC 894V Practicum II (1 cr)
TEAC 897V Student Teaching (4 cr)
TEAC 803B Student Teaching Seminar (3 cr)

Additional Courses for the Master of Arts Degree

TEAC 800    Inquiry into Teaching and Learning (3 cr)*
TEAC 801    Curriculum Inquiry (3 cr)*
TEAC 813M Teaching ELLs in the Content Areas (3 cr)
TEAC 841    Content Area Reading (3 cr)
TEAC 889    Masters Seminar (3 cr)*
*Required MA degree coursework; other courses may be subject to change by program coordinator.

Who Should Apply?

The Master of Arts with an emphasis in science teaching (MAst) offers a pathway to middle and high school teaching for those with degrees in a science field but do not already have a teaching credential.

You should consider applying if you:

  • Have earned a bachelor's degree (within the last 10-15 years) in an area of science (biology, environmental science, chemistry, geosciences, physics, agricultural science or natural resources), from an accredited college or university (if your degree is over 10 years old, you must show relevant current work/professional experience).
  • Have completed academic coursework in a science focus area as part of an undergraduate degree (a minimum of 24 hours in a science such as biology, environmental science, chemistry, geosciences, physics, agricultural science or natural resources and 12-24 additional hours among the supporting sciences).
  • Qualify for admission to the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education's Master of Arts degree program.
  • Can commit to participating fully in the 14-month, cohort-based, full-time face - to - face academic teacher education program.

Please Note:

MAst students attend classes at the UNL city campus and gain practical experience in local public schools. Consequently, students must be located at a reasonable distance to travel to the UNL city campus and the local cooperating public schools on a daily basis.

This program is not suited for educators who currently have teaching certification or former educators seeking to renew certification. These students can be served more appropriately within the traditional M.A. programs.

Program Values

The MAst program is designed for graduate-level preservice teachers to learn how to teach diverse learners of science.

UNL teacher graduates are distinguished by their capacities for:

  • Using theories of learning to inform instructional practices
  • Developing a curricular vision
  • Competent teaching of subject matter
  • Teaching diverse learners
  • Becoming agents of change and reform
  • Understanding teaching fundamentals
  • Using a range of assessment practices
  • Ethical professional judgment
  • Structuring engaging learning environments
  • Growing professional knowledge

MAst Application Procedures

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 deadlines. Please check with Dr. Guy Trainin gtrainin2@unl.edu.

** Note: March 1, 2018 is the deadline for both the Noyce Teacher Stipend application (with the stipend essay) and the full program application.

For admission to the program, students must take and pass the PRAXIS I test (a required general knowledge exam for all teacher education students) for entry into the program and Praxis II test(s) (one test for each science endorsement sought), and submitting to a criminal background check.

Applicants must register for the Praxis II exam(s) by March 1st, 2018 and plan to take the exam(s) before August 2018; these are required for both single-subject (biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, or physics) and broad field (science) Nebraska secondary science endorsements. Applicants seeking single-subject endorsements should register for and take the Praxis II exam that corresponds to that endorsement area. Applicants seeking a broad field science endorsement should register for and take the Praxis II exam in the subject area in which they have the most credit hours as well as the general science exam.

Endorsement

Praxis II Test

Test Number

Biology

Biology Content Knowledge

5235

Chemistry

Chemistry: Content Knowledge

5245

Earth Science

Earth and Space Science: Content Knowledge

5571

Physics

Physics: Content Knowledge

5265

State of Nebraska Academic Coursework Requirements for Secondary Science Endorsement

In order to become endorsed to teach science at the secondary (7-12) level in the state of Nebraska, you must have completed sufficient academic coursework, typically as part of an undergraduate degree. This should include at least 24 credit hours in one area of science and 12-24 credits among three ancillary sciences, which are required for certification. These science content courses must be completed before starting the MAst program as the program does not include science coursework.

We will not admit applicants with deficiencies in any of the above areas that cannot be remedied by May 2018.

MAst Program Personnel

Beth Lewis, Ph.D.
MAst Program Coordinator

211C Henzlik Hall
(402) 472-2251
elewis3@unl.edu

Application Procedures:

Deadlines

October 1
 for Spring Term (January start):  
MAent (English) cohort
MAmt (Math) cohort

March 1 for  Summer Term (May start):
MAst (Science) cohort
MAet (Elementary) cohort (next cohort begins May 2019)

MAlta (Language Teaching & Aquisition/ELL) applications are accepted year round and are due by October 1 for the Spring term and by March 1 for the Fall & Summer terms

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

International applicants:

  • 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.
  1. All Applicants must apply to the UNL Office of Graduate Studies. Master Degree Applicants should select "Teaching, Learning & Teacher Ed - Master Programsas their degree objective.
  2. 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.

Master+Certification Degrees
Applicant Checklist

___ Completed Application to UNL Office of Graduate Studies, including transcripts and fees two weeks before department application deadline

TLTE Application Requirementssubmit via GAMES application system

___ Application Essay*

___ Resume

___ Three letters of recommendation**

___ Successfully complete a Criminal Background Check (directions)***

___ Successfully complete the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)****

___ Completed form (submit via GAMES) for State of Nebraska required coursework for either Elementary Endorsement, OR English Endorsement, OR Language Teaching/ELL Endorsement, OR Math Endorsement, OR Science Endorsement

___Submit ACTFL OPI certificate (MAlta applicants only)

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:

  1. Your academic and/or professional goals and how the master degree in Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education will enable you to meet these.
  2. Your academic strengths, with specific attention to your background in higher education and how this qualifies you for graduate study at a major university.
  3. 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 SourceConsequently, 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® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core), which replaces the Pre-Professional Skills Test or CORE. 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 Core tests meets this requirement. You must successfully pass this test before the application deadline. Scores must be sent directly from ETS to UNL (institutional code 6877) and may take up to 6 weeks to be reported. It is preferable that you take the test 4-6 weeks before the application deadline so that your official scores can be included in your application.

You are allowed to re-take the CORE once within any calendar month. Please plan accordingly to allow adequate time.

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. 


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