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Mathematics, MAT

Master of Arts in Teaching, MAT

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $325.50
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $609.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

This online master of arts for teachers degree program core mathematics courses focus on concepts underlying high school algebra, pre-calculus (functions) and geometry, which are in alignment with three of the main concept categories in the Common Core State Standards. The remaining courses in mathematics and mathematics pedagogy can be selected based on your specific needs; from titles such as "Discrete Mathematics for Secondary Teachers," "Mathematical Modeling for Secondary Teachers" and "Teacher Learning about Reasoning and Sense-making. "The Department of Mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a national leader in the design and delivery of mathematics courses for teachers.

Who should consider this degree?

  • Individuals in possession of a valid secondary mathematics teaching certificate.
  • Mathematics teachers who want to strengthen their skills in pedagogy and deepen their knowledge of the mathematics they teach.
  • Mathematics teachers wishing to ‘gear up’ for teaching to both the content and practice standards in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
  • Mathematics teachers interested in pursuing a graduate degree that is relevant to their practice.
  • Teachers interested in collaborating with peers while continuing their education.
  • Teachers in remote locations for whom distance is a barrier to networking and continuing education.
 

Allan Donsig, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Vice Chair Mathematics

Allan Donsig’s research interests are in operator algebra and operator theory. In particular, limit algebras, infinite-dimensional operator algebras that are limits of finite-dimensional algebras. He has taught a variety of courses in the program.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  2. A license/certificate required

    Valid mathematics teaching certificate

  3. Taken the GRE

  4. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  8. Resume

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDPS 991Cognition and Motivation3

Course Number: EDPS 991

This course is designed to provide mathematics and science teachers with a framework for thinking about how human cognition, motivation and self-regulation influence students and instructional practices. More specifically, this course emphasizes core concepts in educational psychology.

MATH 804TExperimentation, Conjecture & Reasoning3

Course Number: MATH 804T

Problem solving, reasoning and proof, and communicating mathematics. Development of problem solving skills through the extensive resources of the American Mathematics Competitions. Concepts of logical reasoning in the context of geometry, number patterns, probability and statistics.

MATH 804TExperimentation, Conjecture & Reasoning3

Course Number: MATH 804T

Problem solving, reasoning and proof, and communicating mathematics. Development of problem solving skills through the extensive resources of the American Mathematics Competitions. Concepts of logical reasoning in the context of geometry, number patterns, probability and statistics.

MATH 805TDiscrete Math for Secondary Teachers3

Course Number: MATH 805T

Concepts of discrete mathematics, as opposed to continuous mathematics, which extend in directions beyond, but related to, topics covered in middle-level curricula. Problems which build upon middle-level mathematics experiences. Logic, mathematical reasoning, induction, recursion, combinatorics, matrices, and graph theory.

MATH 805TDiscrete Math for Secondary Teachers3

Course Number: MATH 805T

Concepts of discrete mathematics, as opposed to continuous mathematics, which extend in directions beyond, but related to, topics covered in middle-level curricula. Problems which build upon middle-level mathematics experiences. Logic, mathematical reasoning, induction, recursion, combinatorics, matrices, and graph theory.

MATH 806TNumber Theory & Cryptography for Secondary Teachers3

Course Number: MATH 806T

Basic number theory results and the RSA cryptography algorithm. Primes, properties of congruences, divisibility tests, linear Diophantine equations, linear congruences, the Chinese Remainder Theorem, Wilson’s Theorem, Fermat’s Little Theorem, Euler’s Theorem, and Euler’s phi-function. Mathematical reasoning and integers’ connections to the middle school curriculum.

MATH 806TNumber Theory & Cryptography for Secondary...3

Course Number: MATH 806T

Number Theory & Cryptography for Secondary TeachersBasic number theory results and the RSA cryptography algorithm. Primes, properties of congruences, divisibility tests, linear Diophantine equations, linear congruences, the Chinese Remainder Theorem, Wilson’s Theorem, Fermat’s Little Theorem, Euler’s Theorem, and Euler’s phi-function. Mathematical reasoning and integers’ connections to the middle school curriculum.

MATH 807Capstone Course - Mathematics for Teachers I3

Course Number: MATH 807

Analysis of the connections between college mathematics and high school algebra and precalculus.

MATH 808Capstone Course - Mathematics for Teachers II3

Course Number: MATH 808

Analysis of the connections between college mathematics and high school algebra and geometry.

MATH 809Mathematical Modeling for High School Teachers3

Course Number: MATH 809

This course is designed around a series of projects in which students create mathematical models to examine the mathematics underlying several socially-relevant questions.  Not open to MA or MS students in Mathematics. This course is for students seeking a mathematics major under the Education Option and for students in CEHS who are seeking their secondary mathematics teaching certificate.

MATH 810TAlgebra for Algebra Teachers3

Course Number: MATH 810T

The integers. The Euclidean algorithm, the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetics, and the integers mod n. Polynomials with coefficients in a field. The division algorithm, the Euclidean algorithm, the unique factorization theorem, and its applications. Polynomials whose coefficients are rational, real or complex. Polynomial interpolation. The habits of mind of a mathematical thinker. The conceptual underpinnings of school algebra.

MATH 811TFunctions for High School Teachers (pre-calculus content)3

Course Number: MATH 811T

Course examines mathematics underlying pre-calculus material through problem solving. Connections to other topics in mathematics, including algebra, geometry and advanced mathematics are highlighted.

MATH 812TGeometry for Geometry Teachers3

Course Number: MATH 812T

Course examines mathematics underlying high school geometry through problem solving. Topics include Spherical, Euclidean and Hyperbolic geometry, introduction to Neutral geometry, Platonic and Archimedean solids and projective geometry.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MATH 807TUsing Math to Understand Our World3

Course Number: MATH 807T

The mathematics underlying several socially-relevant questions from a variety of academic disciplines. Construct mathematical models of the problems and study them using concepts developed from algebra, linear and exponential functions, statistics and probability. Original documentation, such as government data, reports and research papers, in order to provide a sense of the role mathematics plays in society, both past and present.

MATH 808TConcepts of Calculus3

Course Number: MATH 808T

The processes of differentiation and integration, their applications and the relationship between the two processes. Rates of change, slopes of tangent lines, limits, derivatives, extrema, derivatives of products and quotients, anti-derivatives, areas, integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Connections to concepts in the middle level curriculum.

STAT 812TStatistics for High School Teachers3

Course Number: STAT 812T

Develops and equips high school teachers with the statistical knowledge they need for teaching. Statistics is a key component in the secondary mathematics curriculum, and statistics is included in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards, as well as the Nebraska State Standards. This course seeks to develop a deeper understanding of the statistical concepts that high school teachers will be expected to convey to their students. The course will also prepare secondary teachers to teach AP Statistics. Prerequisite: A valid secondary mathematics teacher certificate or permission. Not open to MA or MS students in mathematics or statistics.

TEAC 800Inquiry into Teaching and Learning3

Course Number: TEAC 800

Contemporary educational research from multiple theoretical perspectives (available online every fall): One of two introductory survey courses providing the necessary groundwork for further graduate study at the master level. This course has two aims: 1) To become more familiar with basic principles of contemporary educational research which will enable participants to become better consumers of that research, and 2) To begin to understand what this research suggests about educational practice, teaching, and teachers.

TEAC 801Curriculum Inquiry3

Course Number: TEAC 801

The relationship between curriculum theory and/or research to educational practices.

TEAC 880ETeaching Mathematics with Technology3

Course Number: TEAC 880E

The focus of this course is on developing skills for using GeoGebra in the teaching and learning of middle and high school mathematics. Topics found in PreAlgebra, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and Calculus courses will be emphasized. Geometry properties and theorems, functions, transformations, conics, data analysis and other mathematics topics will be addressed. Participants will develop interactive mathematics applets, map downloaded files to their curriculum, and develop an implementation plan of action.

TEAC 892Integrating Geometry Teaching & Learning1-3

Course Number: TEAC 892

Aspects of education not covered elsewhere in the curriculum.

TEAC 892Integrating Mathematics Teaching & Learning (pre-calculus content)1-3

Course Number: TEAC 892

Aspects of education not covered elsewhere in the curriculum.

TEAC 892Teacher Learning about Reasoning & Sensemaking in Secondary Classrooms1-3

Course Number: TEAC 892

Aspects of education not covered elsewhere in the curriculum.

TEAC 892Teaching High School Statistics1-3

Course Number: TEAC 892

Aspects of education not covered elsewhere in the curriculum.

TEAC 949ATrends and Issues in Mathematics Teaching & Learning1-3

Course Number: TEAC 949A

Critical analysis of literature and research on teaching, learning, and schooling.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $325.50
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $367.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $976.50
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $1103.25

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $609.00
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $651.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1827.00
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $1953.75

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