Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

Teaching, Learning and Teacher EducationMaster of Education (M.Ed.) (online)

Explore the relationships between teacher content knowledge and pedagogical understandings as well as examine the changing needs of Nebraska, the United States, and other parts of the world through multiple lenses. Students in our Master’s programs gain critical understandings of teacher education and professional development in the humanities and sciences, including mathematics, English, science, and social studies; they examine issues of the day in connection to multiculturalism and multilingualism, transnationalism, educational reform, policy implementation, second language acquisition, literacy instruction and assessment, language and culture, foreign language education, and innovative learning technologies.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) – Online

Teaching in the 21st Century: Local Teachers in a Global Community

To support the professional development of teachers as they strive to position their students within an increasingly global community, this online program combines teaching for diversity, technology integration, sound assessment practices, and global perspectives to address the needs of ever-changing local communities. In-service classroom teachers and other working professionals seeking to advance their career opportunities and notions of self-efficacy in the field of education have the opportunity to engage flexibly with online professional coursework and experiences geared toward supporting, informing, and enriching schools. Graduate students will be encouraged to draw upon their existing expertise in local education contexts to inform professional practices aligned with more globally-minded instructional practices.

Graduate students in this program will have the opportunity to partake in unique and enriching study-abroad and domestic international learning experiences. Faculty in this program are nationally and internationally recognized scholars whose expertise will challenge and motivate educators working in a variety of PreK-16 and community education settings (including professional development, teacher leadership, and advocacy roles) who wish to analyze problems of practice, develop new knowledge, structure experiences, grow practical insight, and become leaders.

Memorandum of Courses


  • Minimum of 36 credit hours
  • 9 required TLTE (TEAC) courses (27 Credits) that must be taken in the order outlined below to earn the Master of Education degree
  • 2 required CEHS Courses (6 Credits) that must be taken in any CEHS department other than TLTE (such as EDPS, EDAD, NHS, SECD, CYAF, or TMFD)
  • 1 required elective course (3 Credits)
  • All coursework is available at a distance, but students are encouraged to come to campus for a residency period at some point during their program.

Year I Courses

Summer I
  • TEAC 800 Teaching and Learning (3)
  • TEAC 861 Education for a Pluralistic Society (3)
Fall I
  • TEAC 880A Survey of Instructional Technology (3) or CEHS Course (3) or Elective Course (3)
Spring I
  • TEAC 801 Curriculum Inquiry (3)

Year II Courses

Summer II
  • TEAC 833/833A International experience or a comparable domestic experience (3)
  • TEAC 849 Assessment (3) or CEHS Course (3) or Elective Course (3)
Fall II
  • TEAC 880A Survey of Instructional Technology (3) or CEHS Course (3) or Elective Course (3)
Spring II
  • TEAC 813P Teaching English as an International Language (3) (if not taking TEAC 813M in Summer)

Year III Courses

Summer III
  • TEAC 849 Assessment (3 credits) or CEHS Course (3) or Elective Course (3)
  • TEAC 813M Teaching Multilingual Learners in the Content Areas (if not taking TEAC 813P in Spring) or CEHS Course (3) or Elective Course (3)
Fall III
  • TEAC 888 Teacher as Scholarly Practitioner (3)
Spring III
  • TEAC 889 Master's Seminar/ Final Master's Project (3)

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Application Requirements

Application deadline of February 1st, for a Summer term start

  • 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) Recommenders
    • 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 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
MEd is only available as Option B.

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Faculty Contact

Elaine Chan
CPEH 286

Jenelle Reeves

Jenelle Reeves
Graduate Chair

Joelle Tangen

Graduate Project Associate