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Insect Biology for Educators, Graduate Certificate

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Program Description

This 13 credit hour graduate certificate is offered online through the Lincoln campus. The Insect Biology for Educators Graduate Certificate is designed to provide continuing education for teachers and other educators in the biological sciences.

Students will learn to implement inquiry-based lesson plans for the classroom or workshop and can complete the certificate part-time.

Students who complete the program will be awarded a transcripted certificate from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Who Should Consider This Degree?

  • K-12 science educators
  • Extension educators
  • Any educator interested in expanding their knowledge of biological science

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$325.50$25.00$11.00$4.00$365.50
3 credit hour$976.50$75.00$33.00$12.00$1,096.50


 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$609.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$649.00
3 credit hour$1,827.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$1,947.00

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $20.00 registration fee each semester they enroll in courses.

The Insect Biology for Educators Certificate is a 13 credit hour program. To earn the certificate, participants must first be admitted to the program and then complete the six designated courses.


Course Name
Course #
Core Courses

Aquatic Insects

ENTO 802
(ENTO 402; BIOS 885; NRES 802) (2 cr II) Lec 2. Prereq: 12 hrs biological sciences or permission Biology and ecology of aquatic insects.

Identification of Aquatic Insects


Crosslisted as BIOS 885L, NRES 802L.  Prerequisite: Must be taken parallel with ENTO 802.  This is the lab for ENTO 802, it covers identification of aquatic insects to the family level.

Insect Ecology

ENTO 806
Prereq: NRES/BIOS 220 and 222. ENTO 406/806 is offered spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Offered on in the spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Interrelationships of the biotic and abiotic factors as they influence insect development, behavior, distribution, and abundance.

Insects as Educational Tools for the Classroom

ENTO 810
Prereq: Introductory entomology course or permission. Class taught via Blackboard. Offered fall semester. Insect diversity, insect structure and function, insect ecology and behavior, and the beneficial and detrimental roles of insects. Integrates the study of insects into the classroom to enhance science education.

Advanced Topics in Entomology

ENTO 991
(1-5 cr, max 5 I,II) Prereq: Permission. Course offered as the need arises. The amount of credit is determined by the instructor at the time the course is offered. May be repeated for credit. Advanced study of selected topics not presented in established courses.

Objectives and Methods of Science Teaching

TEAC 842

The development of objectives, course offerings, and organization of subject matter and methods of instruction in science courses is covered in this class as well as current national science education curriculum trends.

John E. Foster, Ph.D., Professor

Tiffany Heng-Moss, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Entomology

W. Wyatt Hoback, Ph.D, Professor

Steven B. Robertson, Lecturer

Tom Weissling, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Distance Education Coordinator

Robert J. Wright, Ph.D., Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this program the student must have:

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better required for full graduate standing
    • GPA of less than 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis for provisional admission, but students accepted on provisional admission must establish acceptable academic performance in their first semester to continue in the graduate program
  • Undergraduate coursework which includes math, chemistry, and biology. A limited number of deficiencies in coursework can be made up during the graduate program, but these will not count towards the degree


Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
  2. Apply and be admitted to the program: 
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Letter of intent: why pursuing, how it will help, current experience related to degree, what you hope to gain personally and professionally, and personal and career goals
    • Resume
    • If your native language is not English, demonstrate English proficiency by providing at least one of the following:

Paper-based TOEFL score of at least 550 Internet-based TOEFL score of at least 79

Send department application materials to:

Members of the Graduate Committee
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Department of Entomology
Attn: Dr. Tom Weissling
202 Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0816

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Applications are reviewed upon receipt of materials.


Online Worldwide Educational Representative

Program Contact
Cheryl Griffith
Phone: 402.472.5515

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