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K-12 Mathematics Teachers, What Do You Want to Do?
- I want a master's degree: What are the differences among degree programs?
- I am a certified teacher and want a MAT degree (for high school mathematics teachers) or a MAT degree with a specialization in middle level mathematics teaching
- I am certified as a middle level or elementary mathematics teacher and want to apply to the MAT program.
- I am a certified science or elementary teacher and want to apply to the MEd program
I want a master's degree: What are the differences among degree programs?
- If you want to take start by taking some math, education, or science courses and not pursue a degree, you typically can later decide to apply up to 18 hours (6 courses) to a degree you choose to pursue.
- All of the masters degree programs at Nebraska require a minimum of 36 hours (usually 12 courses), with at least half of the hours in your major field.
- If you want to become a certified secondary mathematics or science teacher or elementary teacher, TLTE has special 14-month master's degree programs available, in addition to the more traditional MA degree. These 14-month programs are high quality and intense programs leading to both teaching certification and a master's degree. Applications are due February 15 to begin the following summer or fall.
- The MAT degree is offered through the Math Department and is a Master of Arts for Teachers, with a major in mathematics. The MAT degree can be completed online. This degree will require many math courses (we offer many math courses specifically designed for teachers). This degree is not for people who eventually plan to pursue a PhD in mathematics. This degree does have an option for minoring in teaching, learning, and teacher education; there is also an option for specializing in the teaching of middle level mathematics.
- The MEd degree is also offered through the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education. This degree has a more "practitioner" focus, and is intended for practicing teachers who intend to remain practicing teachers.
- The Master of Applied Science with a concentration in Science for Educators is for teachers at any level who teach science. 18 of the 36 hours go toward the specialization in science education requirements. The program is available entirely online.
- The MA degree is offered through the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education. The MA degree has more of a research focus than does the MEd degree, but is also appropriate for practicing teachers. The MA degree is the option to choose if you think that you may wish to eventually pursue a doctorate in education (EdD or PhD). The MA has three options:
- Option I: requires a thesis based on research you do; this option is usually chosen by people who are interested in pursuing a doctorate or a career in research or scholarly work.
- Option II: requires a minor (such as a minor in math or one of the sciences); this is an option commonly chosen by math & science teachers.
- Option III: requires 18 of the 36 hours to be in courses exclusively for graduate students; does not require a minor or thesis; this option is usually for students who intend to continue graduate work to seek a doctorate. However, it is also appropriate for teachers taking mainly NMSSI (graduate-only) courses who don't want a minor.
All programs offer courses in the summers, as well as online and in person during the academic year.
If you have more questions about which degree you might wish to pursue, please here.TLTE has more information about master's degrees
I am a certified teacher and want a MAT degree (for high school mathematics teachers) or a MAT degree with a specialization in middle level mathematics teaching
If you want to take a UNL graduate class, it is necessary to apply and be admitted as a UNL graduate student. It is best to apply directly for the master's degree. UNL used to have a program called Teach Nebraska, but as of April 2, 2018, that program has ended. Thus, to take graduate courses at UNL, you must apply to UNL as a graduate student.
To apply for admission to the MAT program, you must submit an application to Graduate Studies via CollegeNET and select the MAT program. Under Program Selection, be sure to type in "math" and choose the "Mathematics (MAT)" program as your degree objective. If you are a middle-level teacher, you may choose the "Mathematics (MAT) - Teaching Middle Level Mathematics" program.
In the CollegeNET system, you will be asked to provide:
- Official transcripts from your bachelor's degree, as well as any graduate coursework. Note: If your undergraduate degree is from UNL/UNO/UNK, it is not necessary to request a transcript.
- A letter of intent, stating your goals for your master's degree
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Your teaching license (if you are not a Nebraska teacher)
- Your resume
If you need a physical address for sending transcripts (this is sometimes this case if your transcripts are many years in the past), then please send your transcripts to:
Office of Graduate Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1100 Seaton Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0619
Please note that math courses ending in "P" (such as the three math courses in Primarily Math) cannot be applied toward a MAT degree from the Math Department as courses for a mathematics major. Such courses can apply toward a mathematics minor with an MA degree from TLTE.
The MAT degree requires 36 graduate credits and the coursework must constitute a coherent program of study that has been approved by the Graduate Chair. The Memorandum of Courses is used for this purpose. Note also that you must earn credit for at least 6 courses (18 hours) in mathematics, and the typical MAT student takes 7-9 mathematics courses for teachers. Some teachers who pursue the MAT degree also choose to earn a minor in teaching, learning, and teacher education; this requires you to take TEAC 800, TEAC 801 and at least one other TEAC course. Transfer of some graduate credit from another institution is usually possible if the coursework is supportive of your degree objectives. Once admitted to the MAT program, you will be assigned a graduate advisor who will assist you in meeting the MAT degree requirements.
For questions about the MAT degree, please contact the MAT advisor, Dr. Wendy Smith.
I am certified as a middle level or elementary mathematics teacher and want to apply to the MAT program.
In addition to offering the MAT degree to high school mathematics teachers, the department has an option for middle level or elementary mathematics teachers who want to have special strengths in mathematics. These teachers pursue the MAT degree with a specialization in the Teaching of Middle Level Mathematics. The department has created 7 courses specifically for middle level mathematics teachers and Statistics offers one course for middle level mathematics teachers. These courses, together with a strong selection of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education courses can lead to a strong master's degree.
The application process is the same as the MAT process for high school teachers. The one exception is that you will select the "Mathematics (MAT) - Teaching of Middle Level Mathematics" program.
Please note that math courses ending in "P" (such as the three math courses in Primarily Math) cannot be applied toward a MAT degree from the Math Department as courses for a mathematics major. Such courses can apply toward a minor only.
I am a certified science or elementary teacher and want to apply to the MEd program
See TLTE's Masters Degree + Certification page for full details. If you are a science teacher who would like to earn a master's degree, but likely not pursue a doctorate, this is the ideal degree for you. The focus is on teaching practice - the teaching of science. There is now one application system, CollegeNET, which simultaneously allows you to apply to Graduate Studies and to the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.
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