DBER | College STEM Education Minor


The Graduate Minor in College STEM Education is designed for graduate students planning to pursue careers that involve teaching a STEM discipline at the college level. It will provide graduate students (master's and Ph.D.) in any science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline an avenue for obtaining academic preparation for teaching their major discipline at the college level.

Requirements and Courses of the Minor

For master's students, 9 credit hours of graduate courses drawn from the courses listed below.

For Ph.D. students, 15 credit hours of graduate courses drawn from the courses listed below.

For this interdisciplinary minor, students should take a combination of courses from at least two different departments listed below that meets their career-related teaching interests.

After completing their coursework for the minor, students will also be required to pass a comprehensive exam in the form of a teaching statement, which will be scored by three members of the graduate minor committee.

Department Courses
Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication ALEC 805: Advanced Teaching Strategies (3 credits)
ALEC 905: Practicum in Postsecondary Teaching (1 credit; pre-req.: ALEC 805 or equivalent)
Chemistry CHEM 898: sect. 2: Evidence-Based Teaching Methods for the Postsecondary classroom (3 credits)
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences GEOS 810: Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Science Education (3 credits)
GEOS 811: STEM Education Seminar (1 credit), which may be taken up to three times for credit toward the minor
SCIL 888/AGRI 888: Teaching Undergraduate Science (1 credit)
Educational Psychology EDPS 854: Human Cognition and Instruction (3 credits)
EDPS 961: Cognitive Development (3 credits)
Entomology ENTO 830: Introduction to the Development of Distance Education Courses (3 credits)
Psychology PSYC 941: Fundamentals of Research Design and Data Analysis 1 (3 credits)
PSYC 942: Fundamentals of Research Design and Data Analysis 2 (3 credits)
Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education TEAC 880: Teaching with Technology (1-3 credits)*
TEAC 902: Education Policy and Practice Special Topics-Higher Education (1-3 credits)*
TEAC 936: Seminar in College Teaching (1-3 credits)*
  *These 1-to-3 credit courses may be taken for up to a total of 3 credits each to be applied toward the minor

Contact us

Whom do I contact if I'm interested in pursuing a Graduate Minor in College STEM Education? The faculty listed below are members of the Graduate Committee for the Minor. Any one of them can help advise students on which course offerings may best fit their interests and sign a student's MOC for the minor.

Name Department Email Address
Mark Anderson Earth and Atmospheric Sciences mra@unl.edu
Mark Burbach School of Natural Resources mburbach1@unl.edu
Brian Couch School of Biological Sciences bcouch2@unl.edu
Joseph Dauer School of Natural Resources joseph.dauer@unl.edu
Jennifer Keshwani Biological Systems Engineering jmelander7@unl.edu
Dawn Kopacz Earth and Atmospheric Sciences dawn.kopacz@unl.edu
Donald Lee Agronomy and Horticulture dlee1@unl.edu
Matthew Van Den Broeke Earth and Atmospheric Sciences mvandenbroeke2@unl.edu