Closing the gaps

ESU 3 ITEAM teachers work on a problem in Math 804P

Intermediate TEAchers of Mathematics (ITEAM) is a unique opportunity for outstanding Nebraska elementary and middle-school teachers willing to accept the challenge of returning to graduate school to study mathematics and the teaching of mathematics. Faculty and graduate students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln also are engaging in research to help us learn more about the potential of programs such as ITEAM to impact the mathematical achievement of children from elementary through high school.


Application Open until May 12, 2020

While applications were originally being accepted from teachers in ESU 3 and OPS only, due to the move to making all Summer 2020 courses online, we are opening the cohort of ITEAM to all teachers in Nebraska. Please note that you must be able to travel to Omaha in the Summer of 2021 for the last two in-person summer courses.

There are two applications to complete by May 12. First, please apply to ITEAM via the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education. Create an Account first. Once logged in, click on Apply next to the “ITEAM: Intermediate Teachers of Mathematics” application. Complete each of the steps, which will include uploading your resume, one letter of recommendation, and an essay, as well as sending a principal notification.

Second, please apply to UNL as a post-baccalaureate, non-degree student via CollegeNET. Once you create an account in CollegeNet, and reach the Program Selection step, type in "post" and select the "Post-Baccalaureate (Non-Degree)" program as your degree objective. For term, select “Summer 2020”. For transcripts that you upload on your own, they are considered “unofficial” but sufficient for application review. Please note that you will have to pay a $50 application fee. More information about transcripts

To request financial aid, you can complete a third application by June 1. While a 20% tuition discount will automatically apply for the ITEAM summer courses, teachers can apply for additional NMSSI Fellowships to further reduce the costs. Apply now for an NMSSI Fellowship for Summer 2020.

Please contact Lindsay Augustyn at with any questions.

ITEAM focuses on grades 4-6 teachers

ITEAM allows teachers of grades 4-6 to take 18 credit hours of graduate mathematics courses designed specifically for elementary and middle-level teachers. ITEAM is ideal for fourth- to sixth-grade teachers who enjoy teaching mathematics and who seek to develop special strengths in mathematical and pedagogical knowledge, which leads to enhanced learning in their classrooms. Our experience is that teachers who complete our courses become important resources for their colleagues with respect to mathematics teaching and learning.

The ITEAM Program

Each ITEAM summer institute uses a concentrated immersion approach. During summers, classes meet daily (Monday-Friday) for two weeks. At the end of a course, teachers complete an End-of-Course assignment designed to support the long-term retention of material studied in the course. While this experience is intense, support for participants is substantial. This approach has proved to be quite popular with teachers because it protects most of the summer for other activities.

During fall and spring courses, participants take a course using a "blended distance education" format. Teachers will attend some in-person course meetings on Saturdays, and will complete other assignments online via UNL's Canvas system. The two academic year courses are the same education courses that Primarily Math participants take, with a shifted focus to upper elementary, rather than lower elementary, students.

For Summer 2020, participants will take two math classes via remote learning and earn 6 graduate credits in Summer 2020. Math 800T: Mathematics as a Second Language (also the first course in the Math in the Middle program) and Math 804P: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking will be delivered consecutively, each lasting two weeks, from June 8-July 3.

Math 800T will be synchronous to help develop your community. Math 804P will be asynchronous but we will still provide opportunities to work with your classmates and instructor via Zoom and other means.

The Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 courses will each be online, and taken in conjunction with the teachers participating in Primarily Math. The last two courses in Summer 2021 will meet in June for two weeks at the ESU 3 office in La Vista.

Course Number Title
1 Math 800T Mathematics as a Second Language
2 Math 804P Problem Solving and Critical Thinking in the Elementary Classroom
3 TEAC 808A Teaching Elementary Math: Planning Lessons for Diverse Learners
4 TEAC 808J Helping Children Become Mathematical Thinkers
5 Math 802T Functions, Algebra and Geometry
6 TEAC 907 Communities of Math and Practice

Springboard to a Master's Degree

The 18 graduate credit hours earned through ITEAM mean that participants are halfway to a master's degree. For more information about applying and using ITEAM credits toward a master's degree from UNL's Department of Mathematics or Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, please email us at

ITEAM participants are encouraged to complete a Master of Arts from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education. This degree would typically include taking TEAC 800: Inquiry into Teaching and Learning (required), TEAC 801: Curriculum Inquiry (required), Math 803P: Algebraic Thinking in the K-4 Classroom, Math 804T: Experimentaion, Conjecture and Reasoning, TEAC 813A: Teaching English Language Learners, and TEAC 889: Master's Seminar (required). The elective courses may include those listed or may be related to assessment, diverse learners, or other issues of teaching and learning. Teachers plan and carry out a summative classroom research project to study their own teaching as part of the requirements of the master's degree.

Middle-school teachers may wish to complete a Master of Arts for Teachers from the Department of Mathematics. This degree would involve taking more middle-level math courses, such as Math 804T: Experimentation, Conjecture and Reasoning, Math 805T: Discrete Mathematics, Math 806T: Number Theory and Cryptology, Math 807T: Using Math to Understand Our World, Stat 811T: Statistics for Middle Level Teachers, and Math 808T: Concepts of Calculus for Teachers.