Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

Master of Arts in Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 36
    Credits
  • $315.00
    In-State
  • $444.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) with an emphasis in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program is designed to prepare teachers for best practice knowledge to develop and assess curricula to maximize student learning.  

Through coursework, students gain: 

  • Knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum. 
  • Greater expertise in integrating a STEM focus into the development and assessment of curricula for their classrooms, schools or districts. 
  • Credentials for career advancement. 

More about the Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed Program:

The Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to provide educators with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum. The program requires four core courses covering areas of research, democracy, diversity and technology in accordance with the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. 

Course options are available for students who already have a teaching permit as well as those seeking to qualify for a transitional teaching permit through the Curriculum and Instruction program. 

The Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed program offers the following specializations: 

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Instructional Effectiveness
  • Montessori Early Childhood
  • Montessori - Elementary I
  • Reading/Special Education
  • School Librarian
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Secondary Education
  • Transitional Certification

Career Outlook: 

Curriculum specialists support teachers by providing foundation materials for courses and giving constructive feedback on how teachers are implementing those materials. Sometimes they are called instructional coordinators. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 11% between 2016 and 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As states and school districts put greater emphasis on student achievement data, schools may increasingly turn to instructional coordinators to develop better curriculums and improve teachers' effectiveness.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  4. A professional biography

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

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

In addition to the core courses, students take courses to fulfill the following requirements: Take 3 hours from the following courses: TE 820 Teacher Leadership, TE 878 Leadership in Instructional Technology Take 3 hours from the following courses: TE 853F Improvement of Instruction in Mathematics for Grades PK-3, Improvement of Mathematics Instruction for Grades 4-8 Take 6 hours from the following courses: TE 815P The Effective Teacher: Enhancing Classroom Instruction, TE 853A Improvement of Instruction in Early Childhood Education, TE 866 Motivating the 21st Century Learner, Integration of Curriculum, TE 876 Integration of Curriculum, Technology and Media Resources, TE 879 Seminar in Instructional Technology, 826 Program Design for Gifted/Talented Education

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 800Educational Research3
This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.
TE 828Infusing STEM in the K-8 Classrooom3
The Infusing STEM in the K-8 Classroom course is designed to help graduate students develop their knowledge and ability to teach using STEM practices at the elementary or middle school level. The course will emphasize the rationale and techniques used to develop and implement STEM practices in grades K-8. Assignments will involve review of literature, evaluation of curricula, development of teaching activities and involvement in educational technology and its application to teaching and learning. Prerequisite: TE 853D or TE 853F or TE 853G Recommended (one technology course) TE 886 or TE 866 or TE 878.
TE 805P or TE 886POverview of Assistive Technology or Technology Tools for Teachers3
TE 805P: This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. TE 886P: This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments, and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.
TE 805POverview of Assistive Technology3
This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored.
TE 853DImprovement of Instruction in Elementary School Science3
An examination of current literature and practices is made relative to science content, methods, and materials in elementary school science.
TE 816GPracticum: Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Practicum3
This course focuses on the application of the knowledge and skills in the student's Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program and Concentration Area. The course includes the development of an instructional project involving the collection and analysis of P-12 student learning data and also includes supervised teaching.
TE 804Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education3
Students learn to evaluate, create, and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations, and school policies.
TE 803Philosophy of Education3
Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.
TE 805P or TE 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers or Overview of Assistive Technology3
TE 805P: This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. TE 886P: This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments, and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.
TE 805P or TE 886PSelect one: Overview of Assistive Technology or Technology Tools for Teachers3
Overview of Assistive Technology (TE 805P): This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. Technology Tools for Teachers (TE 886P): This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.
TE 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers3
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.
TE 848Assessment & Remediation in Elementary School Mathematics3
This class will emphasize diagnosis of basic mathematics computation errors; types of errors will be illustrated, and suggested corrective procedures will be explored. Error patterns are based on incorrectly-learned mathematical concepts. The corrective procedures for developing or redeveloping those basic mathematical concepts and development of remediation materials will be taught.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 800Educational Research3
This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.
TE 828Infusing STEM in the K-8 Classrooom3
The Infusing STEM in the K-8 Classroom course is designed to help graduate students develop their knowledge and ability to teach using STEM practices at the elementary or middle school level. The course will emphasize the rationale and techniques used to develop and implement STEM practices in grades K-8. Assignments will involve review of literature, evaluation of curricula, development of teaching activities and involvement in educational technology and its application to teaching and learning. Prerequisite: TE 853D or TE 853F or TE 853G Recommended (one technology course) TE 886 or TE 866 or TE 878.
TE 805P or TE 886POverview of Assistive Technology or Technology Tools for Teachers3
TE 805P: This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. TE 886P: This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments, and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.
TE 805POverview of Assistive Technology3
This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored.
TE 853DImprovement of Instruction in Elementary School Science3
An examination of current literature and practices is made relative to science content, methods, and materials in elementary school science.
TE 816GPracticum: Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Practicum3
This course focuses on the application of the knowledge and skills in the student's Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program and Concentration Area. The course includes the development of an instructional project involving the collection and analysis of P-12 student learning data and also includes supervised teaching.
TE 804Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education3
Students learn to evaluate, create, and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations, and school policies.
TE 803Philosophy of Education3
Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.
TE 805P or TE 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers or Overview of Assistive Technology3
TE 805P: This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. TE 886P: This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments, and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.
TE 805P or TE 886PSelect one: Overview of Assistive Technology or Technology Tools for Teachers3
Overview of Assistive Technology (TE 805P): This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. Technology Tools for Teachers (TE 886P): This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.
TE 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers3
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.
TE 848Assessment & Remediation in Elementary School Mathematics3
This class will emphasize diagnosis of basic mathematics computation errors; types of errors will be illustrated, and suggested corrective procedures will be explored. Error patterns are based on incorrectly-learned mathematical concepts. The corrective procedures for developing or redeveloping those basic mathematical concepts and development of remediation materials will be taught.

Other Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 800Educational Research3
This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.
TE 828Infusing STEM in the K-8 Classrooom3
The Infusing STEM in the K-8 Classroom course is designed to help graduate students develop their knowledge and ability to teach using STEM practices at the elementary or middle school level. The course will emphasize the rationale and techniques used to develop and implement STEM practices in grades K-8. Assignments will involve review of literature, evaluation of curricula, development of teaching activities and involvement in educational technology and its application to teaching and learning. Prerequisite: TE 853D or TE 853F or TE 853G Recommended (one technology course) TE 886 or TE 866 or TE 878.
TE 805P or TE 886POverview of Assistive Technology or Technology Tools for Teachers3
TE 805P: This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. TE 886P: This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments, and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.
TE 805POverview of Assistive Technology3
This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored.
TE 853DImprovement of Instruction in Elementary School Science3
An examination of current literature and practices is made relative to science content, methods, and materials in elementary school science.
TE 816GPracticum: Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Practicum3
This course focuses on the application of the knowledge and skills in the student's Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program and Concentration Area. The course includes the development of an instructional project involving the collection and analysis of P-12 student learning data and also includes supervised teaching.
TE 804Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education3
Students learn to evaluate, create, and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations, and school policies.
TE 803Philosophy of Education3
Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.
TE 805P or TE 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers or Overview of Assistive Technology3
TE 805P: This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. TE 886P: This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments, and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.
TE 805P or TE 886PSelect one: Overview of Assistive Technology or Technology Tools for Teachers3
Overview of Assistive Technology (TE 805P): This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. Technology Tools for Teachers (TE 886P): This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.
TE 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers3
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.
TE 848Assessment & Remediation in Elementary School Mathematics3
This class will emphasize diagnosis of basic mathematics computation errors; types of errors will be illustrated, and suggested corrective procedures will be explored. Error patterns are based on incorrectly-learned mathematical concepts. The corrective procedures for developing or redeveloping those basic mathematical concepts and development of remediation materials will be taught.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$315.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$367.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$945.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1101.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$444.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$496.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1332.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1488.75
Martonia Gaskill, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Martonia Gaskill's teaching and research interests revolve around teacher education, technology integration, online learning and collaboration in online environments, mobile learning and digital cheating. She currently serves as the director of the Curriculum & Instruction master's program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and in different university and state-level committees related to improving education through technology and mobile learning. Gaskill teaches online graduate courses in general education and instructional technology.

Application Deadlines
  • Spring SemesterNov 11
  • Fall SemesterJul 11
  • Summer SessionsApr 11
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