STEM Education, MS Ed

Master of Science in Education Degree in STEM

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $315.00
  • $444.00

Program Overview

The online STEM 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:

  • A hybrid program between a traditional science or math content masters degree and a curriculum and instruction teaching masters degree
  • A 12-hour emphasis in biology, chemistry, math, or physical science/physics
  • The ability to strengthen skills and knowledge in pedagogical techniques and math/science content
  • A flexible, 36-hour program with no thesis

This program is entirely online and requires 36 credit hours to be completed in the following areas:

  • Professional components (9 hours)
  • Academic Components (24 hours)
  • Capstone (3 hours)

Students choose this program to gain:

  • Cutting-edge knowledge in their content areas
  • In-depth pedagogical knowledge of content in multiple disciplines
  • Immediate application of knowledge to the curriculum in order to improve teaching and student learning
  • In-depth understanding of recent developments in math and science standards

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.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    With a teaching endorsement in one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physical Science, Physics, Science

  2. A license/certificate required

    A Standard Teaching Certificate

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

To apply to this program:

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

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

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.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 809PCurriculum Implementation3
Survey of prevalent disabilities which affect motor performance of school-age students. Special consideration is given to techniques accommodating students with disabilities in physical education classes.
PHYS 872PScience Curricula3
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.
BIOL 876Natural Science Curriculum3
For practicing science teachers. Emphasis on scientific literacy and the alignment of K-12 science curricula with state and national standards and benchmarks. Offered online on demand.
TE 800Education Research3
This introductory web-based course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice. The course will provide opportunities for students to (a) define and differentiate between and among basic, applied, and action research and explain how each contributes to practice; (b) conduct and interpret preliminary, primary, and secondary sources of research in both online and hard copy formats; (c) compare and contrast various research designs, and (d) analyze qualitative and quantitative research methodology. This will include the use of statistical techniques and conditions to describe educational phenomena and to determine the validity and reliability of research methods, case studies, critical-theory, historical, and ethnographical methodology.
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.
SMED 888Science/Math Education Capstone3
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
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.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Christopher Exstrom, Ph.D.

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.

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