Master of Arts for Teachers Degree in Mathematics
Why Pursue This Program
The online Master of Arts for Teachers in Mathematics (MAT) degree program culminates in a degree in mathematics that is uniquely designed for secondary (and middle-level) teachers. Awarded by the Department of Mathematics, the MAT program deepens teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching by focusing on advanced mathematical concepts that underlie or have strong connections to the school curriculum.
Why choose this program?
- The Department of Mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a national leader in the development and delivery of mathematics courses for teachers, both in-person and online. Teachers who choose our degree program are learning from the best.
- Most of the courses in the MAT program were developed with NSF funding by members of the UNL faculty in partnership with master K-12 teachers. As a result, the content is rigorous yet grounded in the realities of K-12 classrooms.
- Teachers can tailor their program with electives in education or other STEM courses also offered online.
- Developing reasoning skills and the habits of mind of a mathematical thinker are common themes throughout the program, equipping teachers to effectively engage their students in problem-solving.
- Participants can engage with a math community that is highly collaborative beyond the classroom.
Who should choose this program?
- Middle through high school level mathematics teachers who want to deepen their knowledge of mathematics that they teach.
- Teachers who wish to reinvigorate their passion for learning and teaching mathematics.
- Teachers wanting to build positive classroom environments that enhance student learning through the implementation of the Standards for Mathematical Practice as outlined in the Common Core.
- High school teachers wishing to teach dual credit courses or teach at a community college.
- Teachers wishing to obtain an advanced degree that relates to and genuinely benefits their classrooms.
Career Outlook: According to the U.S. Department of Education, public schools in over forty states have claimed teacher shortages for the 2018-19 academic year in the subject area of mathematics, largely for grades 5-12.
Math teachers who pursue graduate credentials are typically considered to be more in demand in the current job market.
What's it like to take a program online?
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.