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Science/Math Education, MS Ed

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Program Description

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This online M.S.Ed. in Science/Math degree is an interdisciplinary program designed for the advanced practitioner who is certified in science or math and working in grades 7-12. This program qualifies for federal TEACH Grant aid.

The program involves courses and faculty from the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Physical Science, and Teacher Education.

The online degree offers a flexible yet rigorous program of study within an area of expertise and will enhance your classroom instruction.

For New and Veteran Teachers

This online degree enables veteran teachers to gain cutting edge knowledge in their content areas as well as an in-depth understanding of recent developments in math and science standards.

A master's program is an ideal way for new teachers to advance up the pay scale while adding professional skills.

Graduates of the online M.S.Ed. program will:

  •  Demonstrate specific knowledge within their area of specialization
  • Possess broader knowledge across multiple disciplines in science and math
  • Implement their knowledge into curricula at the pre-collegiate level

Special Accreditation

In addition to the Higher Learning Commission accreditation carried by all University of Nebraska campuses, this program is also accredited by:

  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Nebraska Department of Education

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Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska at Kearney

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.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this program students will take courses from a variety of academic departments. Tuition listed below is the standard rate. Some colleges carry different tuition rates. Non-resident tuition for Teacher Education courses is $393 per credit hour. Resident tuition for Biology courses is $275. Non-resident tuition for Biology courses is $480 per credit hour. For more information about the different tuition rates please visit the University of Nebraska at Kearney tuition and fees page, or contact us.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$278.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$318.00
3 credit hour$834.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$954.00


 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$405.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$445.00
3 credit hour$1,215.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$1,335.00

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $4.00 records fee each semester they enroll in courses.

Please note: This program qualifies for federal TEACH Grant aid.

This online Master of Science in Education degree is a 36 credit hour program. Coursework combines content, pedagogy and pedagogical content.

Six of the 36 credit hours are professional teacher education courses and 12 credit hours are in an area of specialization/endorsement.

Professional Components 9 credit hours BIOL 876 and TE 800; and one course chosen from from TE 804, 807P, 812P or 886P
Major Emphasis 12 credit hours  800-level or above in an endorsement area (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Physical Science)
Supporting Courses 9 credit hours  800-level or above in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Mathematics, Physics or Physical Science outside the major emphasis. Courses must be taken in at least two disciplines. These courses will be selected to meet student needs as indicated by previous coursework and teaching duties.
Electives  6 credit hours  Choose from science, math or pedagogy. Courses must be approved by the academic adviser prior to enrolling. 

Course Name
Course #
Core Courses

Natural Science Curriculum

BIOL 876
Sample Syllabus A discussion of life science curriculum, with emphasis on essential content, efforts to reform curricula at the state and national levels, and impediments to curriculum change. Offered on-line spring of odd-numbered years only.

Educational Research

TE 800
This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.

Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education

TE 804
Students learn to evaluate, create, and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations, and school policies.

Multiple Intelligences: Theories Into Practice

TE 807P

This course is focused on practical application of the use of multiple intelligences and "brain compatible" approaches in the design and development of instructional activities and assessment strategies in the K-12 curriculum.

Alternative Assessments of Student Performance:...

TE 812P

Alternative Assessments of Student Performance: Theory Into Practice

This course provides participants with an opportunity to learn about, create, and apply alternative (authentic) assessment strategies to the K-12 school setting. Key strategies to be explored include rubrics, portfolios, and the relationship/connections between alternative assessment and the Nebraska State Curriculum Standards.

Technology Tools for Teachers

TE 886P
This course is a general introductory course for using computers and other technology to promote student learning. Students will learn how to integrate computer-based instruction programs into their curriculum and be introduced to electronic library and other on-line resources. In addition, students will investigate other current hardware and software technologies for use in teaching and learning.

Christopher Exstrom, PhD, Professor of Chemistry (Program Director)

Pari Ford, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Julie Shaffer, Ph.D., Professor of Biology

Jane Strawhecker, Ph.D., Professor of Teacher Education

Ken Trantham, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics and Physical Science, Chair

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this program the student must have:

  • A Standard Teaching Certificate
  • A bachelor's degree with a teaching endorsement in one of the following areas
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Math
    • Physical Science
    • Physics
    • Science

To begin the application process, please contact Dr. Christopher Exstrom, listed to the right.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester June 15
Spring Semester October  15
Summer Sessions March 15



Online Worldwide Educational Representative

Program Contact
Dr. Christopher Exstrom
Phone: 308.865.8565
E-mail: or   

Military/Veteran Student Adviser
Mary Sommers
Phone: 308.865.8520

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