The online Science/Math Education, MS Ed is an interdisciplinary program designed for certified math and science teachers working in grades 7-12. This program qualifies for federal TEACH Grant aid.
The program offers students:
This program is entirely online and requires 36 credit hours to be completed in the following areas:
Students choose this program to gain:
This program appeals to teachers who may be teaching in multiple areas within their schools as well as to new teachers looking for a way to advance up the pay scale while adding professional skills.
To enter the program, a bachelor’s degree with a teaching endorsement in Biology, Math, Chemistry, Natural Science, Physics or Physical Science as well as a teaching certificate or license is expected. Applicants with middle-grade teaching endorsements may also be admitted into the program depending on their level of undergraduate science and math preparation.
Christopher Exstrom has received numerous awards for his work in the field. During his time at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, he has taught courses in introductory, general, analytical, environmental, inorganic chemistry and senior seminar, developed and assisted with the UNK chemistry department in becoming an ACS-accredited program with strong records in teaching and undergraduate research.
With a teaching endorsement in one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physical Science, Physics, Science
A Standard Teaching Certificate
The program consists of 36 credit-hours of courses: 9 credit hours of teaching professional components (Educational Curriculum, Research, and Pedagogy courses), 12 credit hours of content courses in your chosen area of emphasis (Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics, or Physical Science), 6 credit hours of content courses in math or science outside the area of emphasis, 6 credit hours of adviser-approved electives and a 3 credit hour capstone course in which the student will develop a new curricular unit, or redesign and existing one, to be implemented in a high school or middle school science/math course that the student is teaching that semester. Selection of the course options for a specific program should be made with the adviser before enrollment in the courses in order to develop the most effective and efficient program.
|Natural Science Curriculum||3|
Course Number: BIOL 876
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.
Course Number: PHYS 872P
Involves the history of science curricula, introduction to the specifics of selected science curricula, and experience working with science curricula materials in elementary, junior high, or senior high school.
|Science/Math Education Capstone||3|
Course Number: SMED 888
This course is designed to culminate the student's experience in the Science/Math Education program. Students will complete the comprehensive exam and a capstone project that integrates educational research, curriculum design, science/math content application, and assessment. Based on a literature evaluation of a specific concept or problem in science/math teaching, the student will develop a new curricular unit, or redesign an existing one, to be implemented in a high school or middle school science/math course that the student is teaching that semester. This unit must apply science/math content from their degree program courses and the student must assess the impact of the new/revised unit on student learning. Prereq: Admission into Science/Math Education Program. Recommended preparation: Completion of TE 800 and at least 24 credit-hours of the Science/Math Education degree program, including 6 or more in the Major Emphasis category
Course Number: 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||3|
Course Number: TE 804
Students learn to evaluate, create, and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations, and school policies.
Course Number: TE 809P
This course addresses the curriculum implementation process, theoretical concepts associated with the implementation process, and related implementation issues, including the contested nature of the curriculum and the relationship between curriculum and equity issues. This information is used to critique current curriculum implementation efforts in the public school setting and to develop curriculum for use in the classroom. The course includes a writing component.
|Technology Tools for Teachers||3|
Course Number: 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.
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.